Grand Canyon goes up against Pepperdine

Grand Canyon (4-1) vs. Pepperdine (2-5)

Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, California; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Pepperdine plays Grand Canyon in a non-conference matchup. Both teams last played this past Wednesday. Grand Canyon won 82-47 at home against Life Pacific, while Pepperdine is coming off of a 73-64 loss in San Juan Capistrano to TCU.

SAVVY SENIORS: Grand Canyon’s Gabe McGlothan, Holland Woods and Sean Miller-Moore have collectively scored 39 percent of all Antelopes scoring this season.

OFFENSIVE THREAT: Jovan Blacksher Jr. has directly created 40 percent of all Grand Canyon field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 16 field goals and 14 assists in those games.

SLIPPING AT 70: Pepperdine is 0-5 this year when it allows 70 points or more and 2-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 70.

PASSING FOR POINTS: The Antelopes have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Waves. Pepperdine has an assist on 32 of 66 field goals (48.5 percent) over its past three matchups while Grand Canyon has assists on 40 of 75 field goals (53.3 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Grand Canyon is ranked first among Division I teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 45.7 percent. The Antelopes have averaged 16.8 offensive boards per game.

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