Team preview: Pepperdine

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 1, 2005, 10:48 AM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)


The biggest crisis, literally, that Paul Westphal faced last season was keeping some of his largest bodies on the floor.

Injuries cost the Waves their two centers -- and much of their inside presence -- for large portions of the season.

And while there was enough talent to keep Pepperdine competitive and within postseason contention, that gaping hole in the paint proved to be too much for the Waves to handle in a conference where size was at a premium in 2004-2005.