Numbers may say a lot about Pepperdine's chances of winning its third straight West Coast Athletic Conference title and its sixth in the last seven years.
The Waves, who will open WCAC play at the University of San Francisco tonight and then play at Santa Clara Saturday night, have a 4-8 nonconference record. USF is 10-3, Santa Clara 9-5. At home, the Dons are 8-1, Santa Clara 7-1. The five other WCAC teams are all above .500.
But Pepperdine Coach Jim Harrick said: "December records are misleading. It depends on whom you play and where you play them. We choose not to play Division II, Division III and NAIA schools, and 7 of our last 10 games were on the road."
Harrick said that his largely inexperienced squad has played reasonably well in its last four games and is getting better. "The conference race will be extremely close," he said. "I think it's going to be a good league (race). I hope we're in it."