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Burton Receives Team USA Invitation

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University of Nevada senior point guard Deonte Burton has received an invitation to try out for a spot on Team USA's World University Games roster.  The tryouts will be held June 24-July 1 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.  The World University Games will be played in Kazan, Russia July 6-17.

A third-team Mountain West selection Burton averaged 16.3 points per game to rank second on the team and fifth in the conference this past season.  His 3.61 assists per game led the team and were sixth in the MW.  The 6-1 point guard also ranked sixth in field goal percentage (44.9 %), fifth in steals (1.35 spg), fifth in assist to turnover ratio (1.53) and third in minutes played (34.1 mpg) in the conference.

Burton ranks 10th on Nevada's career scoring list with 1,459 points.  His 121 steals is eighth and 373 assists is ninth all-time at Nevada.

In his first season at Nevada he was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and earned Player of the Year honors as a sophomore after helping the Wolf Pack to a conference title.  His sophomore year he was named to the AP honorable mention squad.

Burton's career honors
2010-11: WAC Freshman of the Year, Honorable mention All-WAC, WAC Newcomer team,
WAC Player of the Week, Preseason WAC Newcomer of the Year by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Nevada Rock Award co-recipient
2011-12: WAC coaches preseason Player of the Year, WAC Coaches preseason first-team, WAC media preseason team, WAC Player of the Year, First-team All-WAC, Honorable mention AP All-America, First-team NABC District 6, Nevada team MVP, Nevada Rock Award co-recipient, three-time WAC Player of the Week
2012-13: CBSSports.com preseason MW team, Preseason All-MW media selection, top under-the-radar player by CBSSports, 35th best point guard by CBSSports.com, third-team MW, shared team MVP honors with Malik Story, MW Player of the Week

Fazekas Leads Toshiba To JPL Finals

Former University of Nevada All-American Nick Fazekas has led the Toshiba Brave Thunders to the finals of the Japanese Basketball League.  The championship series with the Aisin Sea Horses begins on Wednesday.

Fazekas scored 23 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in game-three as the Brave Thunders defeated the defending JBL champion Toyota Motors Alvark 64-62 to advance to the finals for the first time since 2004-05.  A year ago the team went 8-34 but the Pack forward has helped the team reach the finals this season.

In 43 games this year Fazekas averaged 21.5 points and 12.3 rebounds per game for Toshiba.  He shot 56.9 percent from the field and 35.1 from behind the arc.

Link to story on game three versus Toyota Motors.

Link to story on the team.

Season statistics.





Former Pack Assistant Hired at Cal State Fullerton

Former Wolf Pack men's basketball assistant coach Dedrique Taylor was recently named the head coach at Cal State Fullerton.

Taylor was an assistant for two years at Nevada, leading the Wolf Pack to a pair of Western Athletic Conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2005 and 2006. He left Nevada to join the Arizona State staff and spent the last seven years there, including the last three as the Sun Devils' associate head coach.

Congratulations to Taylor as he embarks on his first head coaching job!

MW, ESPN Announce Partnership

In case you missed it, the Mountain West Conference announced a national television deal with ESPN earlier this week. The new deal, which is in addition to the agreement the conference already has with CBS Sports Network, will mean that up to 44 football and 56 men's basketball games will be televised annually on their various platforms.

Here is the official release from the Mountain West:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West Conference announced it has reached agreement with ESPN to be a national television rights holder for Conference-controlled football and men's basketball games. The agreement, which begins with the 2013-14 season, was announced by Burke Magnus, ESPN senior vice president, college sports and Craig Thompson, MW Commissioner.  Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

CBS Sports Network remains the primary rights holder for the Mountain West. As part of this new agreement, CBS Sports Network and ESPN will alternate game selections (after initial picks by CBSSN) in football and men's basketball with ESPN controlling the rights to Boise State home football games. CBS Sports Network retains the rights to Bronco road football contests.

"The Mountain West looks forward to rejoining the ESPN networks beginning with our 15th season this fall," said MW Commissioner Craig Thompson. "Coupled with CBS Sports Network, we anticipate tremendous national exposure over several outlets as the league continues its growth and development."

"The Mountain West Conference and its member schools are committed to competitive excellence in intercollegiate athletics, and we think the strength of our programs on the courts and fields reflect this commitment," said Dr. Anthony A. Frank, Chair of the MW Board of Directors and President, Colorado State University. "We're also committed to providing our student-athletes, alumni and fans national access to our competitions, and we believe this agreement with ESPN is a further step in ensuring this availability and increasing our visibility to fans of college athletics nation-wide."

Between the two networks, up to 44 football and 56 men's basketball games will be televised annually on their various platforms. The CBS Sports Network and ESPN agreements are scheduled to run concurrently through 2019-20.

The Mountain West is in the process of negotiating an agreement for the inaugural MW Football Championship Game with CBS Sports Network, and has retained rights to sell additional packages on the MW Digital Network and to regional/local carriers.

Here are the links to the releases from the Mountain West and ESPN.

All 16 Games Of The MW Tournament To Be Broadcast

All 16 games of the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Championships will be broadcast live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., March 12-16.  A live webstream of the men's and women's first round games on Tuesday, March 12, will begin at 5 p.m. PT and will be available on the Mountain West Network through TheMWC.com.

The Nevada men play Wyoming on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and the Wolf Pack women take on Air Force at 7:30 p.m.

The men's quarterfinals and semifinals will be shown on CBS Sports Network and the March 16 championship game will be on CBS.

The women's quarterfinals and semifinals will be streamed on the Mountain West Network with the title game airing on the CBS Sports Network.

Link to the Mountain West Network

Full Broadcast Schedule (all times are PT)

Tuesday, March 12

5 p.m.         Men's Game 1: No. 8 Wyoming vs. No. 9 Nevada                      
Mountain West Network

7:30 p.m.    Women's Game 1: No. 8 Air Force vs. No. 9 Nevada                  
Mountain West Network

 

Wednesday, March 13 (Men's Quarterfinals)

Noon          Men's Game 2: No. 3 UNLV vs. No. 6 Air Force                         
CBS Sports Network

2:30 p.m.    Men's Game 3: No. 2 Colorado State vs. No. 7 Fresno State      
CBS Sports Network

6:30 p.m.    Men's Game 4: No. 1 New Mexico vs. Winner of 8 vs. 9             
CBS Sports Network

9 p.m.         Men's Game 5: No. 4 San Diego State vs. No. 5 Boise State      
CBS Sports Network

 

Thursday, March 14 (Women's Quarterfinals)

Noon          Women's Game 2: No. 1 San Diego State vs. Winner of 8 vs. 9  
Mountain West Network

2:30 p.m.    Women's Game 3: No. 4 UNLV vs. No. 5 New Mexico                
Mountain West Network

6 p.m.         Women's Game 4: No. 2 Fresno State vs. No. 7 Boise State      
Mountain West Network

8:30 p.m.    Women's Game 5: No. 3 Wyoming vs. No. 6 Colorado State      
Mountain West Network

 

Friday, March 15 (Semifinals)

Noon          Women's Game 6: Winners of Women's Game 2 & Game 3        
Mountain West Network

2:30 p.m.    Women's Game 7: Winners of Women's Game 4 & Game 5        
Mountain West Network

6 p.m.         Men's Game 6: Winners of Men's Game 4 & Game 5                  
CBS Sports Network

8:30 p.m.    Men's Game 7: Winners of Men's Game 2 & Game 3                  
CBS Sports Network

 

Saturday, March 16 (Championships)

3 p.m.         Men's Championship: Winners of Men's Game 6 & 7                  
CBS

7 p.m.         Women's Championship: Winners of Women's Game 6 & 7        
CBS Sports Network

 



Fenner Named Seattle Times Player of the Year

University of Nevada recruit D.J. Fenner has been named the Seattle Times Washington Player of the Year.  Fenner signed a National Letter of Intent with the Wolf Pack in November and will join the team next season.

The 6-6 guard from Seattle Prep averaged 27.3 points per game and helped the Panthers to a 21-9 record and third consecutive berth in the state tournament.

Fenner was named to the all-tournament squad for the second year in a row after averaging 19.7 points per game.  The second leading scorer in Seattle Prep history he was also a first-team all-state selection by the Seattle Times.

Link to Seattle Times article


Governor's Series Points on the Line This Week

It's Rivalry Week for both the Wolf Pack men's and women's basketball teams as they take on the UNLV Rebels, and more than just state pride is on the line.

With victories over the Rebels, the Wolf Pack could earn up to three points in the Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy. As Governor Brian Sandoval announced in October, the Governor's Series is a head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between the longtime Silver State rivals. More information on the Governor's Series, including how the scores are tallied, can be found here.

Nevada currently holds a 7.5 to 4.5 lead over UNLV in the series heading into this week's games, and each contest will be worth 1.5 points in the Governor's Series for the winner. The Wolf Pack took the lead with its 42-37 football victory in October (three points), the team's scoreless tie in soccer (1.5 points) and its finish at the Mountain West Cross Country Championship (fifth to UNLV's ninth for three points).

The Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy, also features an academic component with a sport-by-sport comparison of each school's Academic Progress Rate scores worth three points.

The school with the most points at the end of the school year will be crowned the winner of the Governor's Series and will get the opportunity to keep the trophy on its campus for the following year.

The Wolf Pack men's basketball team plays at UNLV tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. and the game will be televised by CBS College Sports, while the women's basketball squad takes on the Rebels at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lawlor Events Center. Tickets are just $7 for adults and $4 for youth/seniors and can be purchased by calling 775-348-PACK, online by clicking here or by visiting the Legacy Hall or Lawlor Events Center box offices.

We hope you will tune in to watch the men tonight and come out to Lawlor to support the women tomorrow night as we continue our quest to win the Governor's Series!

Mountain West Boasts Third Best RPI And Three Ranked Teams

The University of Nevada (9-5) men's basketball team plays its first game in the Mountain West tonight at Air Force (8-4).  The new conference is one of the best in the nation with three teams ranked, two others receiving votes and six with an RPI in the top 40.  The MW boasts the third best RPI in the country through games of January 6, trailing the Big Ten and Big East.  Only the Big East has more top 40 RPI teams at seven.

New Mexico ranks 11th in RPI followed by Colorado State (20), UNLV (23) and Wyoming (24) putting three in the top 25 in RPI.  Boise State and San Diego State are 33rd and 40th in RPI.  Air Force (165), Nevada (182) and Fresno State (213) round out the conference.

In the Associated Press poll SDSU in the highest ranked MW team at 16 while UNLV and New Mexico are 24th and 25th.  Wyoming is receiving votes.

In the USA Today Coaches poll SDSU is 15th and UNLV ranks 19th.  Wyoming, who Nevada will host on Saturday is 25th.  New Mexico and Colorado State are receiving votes.

The conference schedule will be one of the toughest in Pack history.  All eight teams will make their way to Lawlor Events Center this season providing the Wolf Pack with its strongest home schedule in decades.
  

On This Date In Men's Basketball

The University of Nevada men's basketball team is celebrating its 100th season in 2012-13.  A as freshman Pete Padgett set the Wolf Pack record for rebounds 40 years ago today against Loyola Marymount grabbing 30 in a 102-86 loss to the Lions.  Padgett's 1,464 career rebounds is also the school record.  His 462 rebounds in 1972-73 is the single season mark and he had 395 the next year which is the second best total in school history.  Padgett ranks sixth in scoring with 1,646 points during his four season at Nevada.

Burton Named College Sports Madness MW POW

College Sports Madness has named Nevada guard Deonte Burton Madness Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his exceptional performance during the past week. College Sports Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and from each conference in our weekly feature. Check out the entire list at http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/mens-basketball/weekly-awards.

Burton averaged 27 points, two rebounds, three assists and four steals as the Pack split a pair of road games.   From the field he shot 54.5 (18-of-33) percent and made 14-of-18 (77.8 %) from the free throw line.

Burton began the week scoring a game-high 25 points in a 78-72 loss at Pacific.  He was good on eight-of-16 shots from the field and eight-of-11 free throws.  In addition he dished out four assists, collected two steals and had a block.

In the Pack's first road win of the season at Washington he scored a season and game-high 29 points as Nevada knocked off the Huskies 76-73.  The 29 points is the high by a Pack player this season, one more than his 28 at Marshall.  Of his 29 points 19 came in the second half and he scored 10 of the Pack's final 16 points of the game.  It was his fourth 20 plus point game of the season and his eighth consecutive double figure scoring game.  He made 10-of-17 shots, three-of-five 3-pointers and six-of-seven free throws.  All three of his 3-pointers made came in the second half as he was three-for-four from behind the arc in the second half.  Burton had a career-high six steals and added a pair of assists.  

After Washington rallied from and 18-point deficit to take a one-point advantage with 5:21 to play he converted a traditional three-point play to put the Pack in front 63-61.  Nevada would not trail again.  The Huskies got within a point at 67-66 but his 3-pointer increased the advantage to four, after a pair of free throws by UW he again hit a tough 3-pointer to make it a five-point game with 1:58 to play.  Washington scored two more and he added a free throw to make the score 74-70, giving him a stretch of scoring seven points in a row down the stretch.  He scored seven of Nevada's final nine points of the game and 10 of the final 16 for the Wolf Pack.

In two games versus UW Burton has scored 60 points, 31 last season and 29 this year.  The 31 points is his career high.

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