The Concordia-Irvine Eagles will travel to Malibu, California on Monday, November 6th, to face the Pepperdine Waves in their season opener. The game is scheduled to tip off at 10:00pm ET and will be televised live on ESPN+.
The Eagles are coming off a 16-13 season in 2022-23, while the Waves finished with a record of 18-12. Pepperdine is a member of the West Coast Conference (WCC), while Concordia-Irvine plays in the Pacific West Conference (PacWest).
The game between the Concordia-Irvine Eagles and the Pepperdine Waves will be televised live on ESPN+. ESPN+ is a streaming service that is available on the ESPN app and on ESPN.com. A subscription to ESPN+ is required to watch the game.
Matchup: Concordia-Irvine vs Pepperdine
Time: Monday, November 6, 2023, 10:00pm ET (Local time)
Locations: Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, CA
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The Eagles will be led by senior guard Ajay Mitchell, who averaged 19.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season. Mitchell is one of the most dynamic scorers in the PacWest and is a Preseason All-PacWest selection.
The Waves will be led by senior forward Brandon Williams, who averaged 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season. Williams is a versatile player who can score from all over the court and is one of the most experienced players on the Waves’ roster.
The game between the Eagles and the Waves is expected to be a close and competitive one. Both teams are evenly matched and have a number of talented players. Concordia-Irvine has a slight edge in experience, while Pepperdine has a slight edge in athleticism.
I predict that the Pepperdine Waves will defeat the Concordia-Irvine Eagles by a score of 75-70.
Pepperdine has a slight edge in athleticism and depth over Concordia-Irvine. The Waves also have a better defense, ranking 58th in the country in defensive efficiency last season, while Concordia-Irvine ranked 63rd.
Concordia-Irvine has a slight edge in experience over Pepperdine. The Eagles also have a better offense, ranking 65th in the country in offensive efficiency last season, while Pepperdine ranked 82nd.
Overall, I believe that Pepperdine has the edge in this matchup. They have a more athletic and deeper team, as well as a better defense. However, Concordia-Irvine is a talented team that could pull off the upset if they play their best game.