Jan. 6, 2014
Nevada at Intrastate Rival UNLV Wednesday for Governor's Series Game: Nevada (7-8, 2-0 MW) plays at intrastate rival UNLV (10-5, 1-1 MW) on Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. The game will air live on CBS Sports Network. The Wolf Pack opened MW play with a victory at San José State and home win versus Wyoming. The Rebels defeated Fresno State on the road and lost at home to Air Force. Wednesday's meeting is a Governor's Series game that will help determine the awarding of three points in men's basketball in the series between the two Nevada schools.
Wednesday, 6:15 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(7-8, 2-0 MW)
(10-5, 1-1 MW)
Thomas & Mack Center (18,500)
Las Vegas, Nev.
TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network
Rich Waltz (play-by-play); Doug Gottlieb (analyst); Lauren Gardner (sideline)
FREE AUDIO: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/nevada.portal
RADIO: University of Nevada Radio Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KPLY 630
AM Reno; KUUB 94.3 FM Carson City; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and
KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)
Ryan Radtke (play-by-play); pregame 30 minutes prior to tip-off
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
SERIES HISTORY: UNLV leads the series 54-19. The Rebels have won the last eight meetings. Nevada's last win was 68-61 on Nov. 26, 2005 in Las Vegas. The Pack won three years in a row; 2003, 2004 and 2005.
UP NEXT: Nevada returns home to host Utah State on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. PT. This will be the first Mountain West meeting between the two schools after competing for years in the Western Athletic Conference.
Governor's Series: Wednesday's game at UNLV is part of the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy. Three points is awarded in each sport and the winner of this week's game gets an early jump on earning those points. The Rebels come to Reno on March 8 for the return contest and a third meeting could occur in the season ending MW Championship.
On October 8, 2012 Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced the launch of the Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy. This historic, new competition establishes a formal head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between longtime rivals -- the UNLV Rebels and the Nevada Wolf Pack. The all-encompassing competition will annually crown one school the winner of the Governor's Series.
UNLV won last season and leads this year with a 9-3 score. The Rebels scored three points in volleyball, football and soccer while the Pack earned three points in cross country.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
- Nevada is 2-0 in the MW for the first time after winning at SJSU (62-50) and defeating Wyoming (61-58) at home. Last season the Pack went 3-13 in MW play to finish last. The two-game win streak equals the largest of the season.
- The Wolf Pack has outrebounded its last four opponents and six of the last seven teams. The Pack is 6-2 when outrebounding its opponent this year.
- Nevada's 12-point victory, 62-50 at SJSU is the Wolf Pack's only double digit victory of the season.
- In two MW games the Pack defense has held opponents to a MW low 54 points per game. Nevada held SJSU to a season low 50 points which is also the low by a Pack opponent.
- Nevada's win over Wyoming is the first victory when trailing at halftime this season.
- Nevada is 4-4 away from Reno this season, 4-2 in road games and 0-2 on neutral courts. Last year the Pack won just two games away from Reno. They were 2-11 in 13 true road games and 2-12 away from Lawlor Events Center.
- Nevada was picked to finish ninth in the 11-team Mountain West.
- The Pack is 4-4 in games decided by five points or less and 6-6 in games decided by 10 points or less. Five games this season have been decided by two points with the Pack going 3-2 in those contests. The Pack is 1-1 in overtime.
- Four Nevada players average double figure points; Deonte Burton (21.8), Jerry Evans, Jr. (14.1), Michael Perez (11.9) and Cole Huff (10.3).
- Burton's 21.8 points per game leads the MW and ranks 11th nationally. His 39.1 minutes per game leads NCAA I. Burton has played 233 minutes and 31 seconds consecutively
- Burton scored his 1,700th point in the Omaha game and his current 1,786 points ranks fourth in school history. Edgar Jones (1975-79) is third with 1,877 points.
- Burton has scored 16 or more points in all 15 games this season. The season-low 16 came versus Wyoming. Once he scored 18 points, three times he scored 19 points and totaled 20 or more points in the other 10 games. Eight times he posted game highs; 23 vs. Pacific, 22 at Cal Poly, 24 at Bakersfield, 28 vs. Chattanooga, 19 vs. Morehead State, 26 at Cal, 18 at San Jose State and 16 vs. Wyoming.
- Evans has four career games of scoring 20 or more points in a game and all came in seven games over a one month stretch from Nov. 28-Dec. 28. He scored a career-high 25 points at UC Davis, had 24 vs. Omaha, 21 vs. LBSU and 20 vs. #19 UCLA. On the season he is second on the team scoring 14.1 points per game which ranks 18th in the MW.
- Evans career-high stretch of five consecutive double figure scoring games ended at SJSU when he totaled eight.
- Three times Evans has led the team in scoring with 25 at UCD, 24 vs. Omaha and 21 vs. LBSU. He tied Burton for the honor with 20 vs. #19 UCLA.
- Burton has the led team in scoring in 12 games with one being a tie with Jerry Evans, Jr. as both had 20 vs. #19 UCLA.
- Burton tied his career-high with 31 points at USF. Burton's 20 field attempted was a career best while the 11 made field goals and four 3-pointers made tied his career highs.
- Evans tops the team averaging 6.1 rebounds per game and has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high six times. He has played in 109 games and started 90 during his career.
- Evans recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds versus Long Beach State.
- Sophomore Cole Huff posted his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Iona game. The 10 rebounds is a career best and he equaled it with 10 at SJSU.
- Huff scored a career-high 16 points in the Long Beach State game.
- Junior guard Michael Perez tied his season-high with 18 points at Cal. He also scored 18 points vs. #19 UCLA. Perez has made a three-pointer in every game this season and made the Pack's only 3-pointer at SJSU. Ten times this season he has scored in double figures.
- Twice Perez led the team in rebounding with six at Cal Poly and tied for game high honors with eight at Cal. His 4.1 rebounds per game is third on the team.
- Junior AJ West has played the last four games earning three starts after being cleared to play by the NCAA. West is averaging 9.3 points and 7.8 rebounds. In the Wyoming game he posted his first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. At SJSU he was one rebound short of a double-double finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds.
- Sophomore Marqueze Coleman scored a career-high 15 points vs. Missouri and had 11 the night before against #19 UCLA. Coleman has not played in the last five games after having eye surgery but is scheduled to return for the UNLV game.
- Senior forward Ali Fall has missed three games with an ankle injury this season. Fall scored two points vs. Wyoming in seven minutes off the bench.
- Head coach David Carter is 81-66 in his fifth season leading the Wolf Pack. Carter moved past his mentor Trent Johnson's (1999-04) 79 wins for eighth most in school history.
- Burton was named the MW preseason media team for the second year in a row.
- Burton earned an invitation to tryout for Team USA last summer.
BURTON LOGGING HEAVY MINUTES: Senior point guard Deonte Burton leads the country averaging 39.1 minutes per game. Burton has played ever minute in the last five games which includes all 45 in the overtime game with Long Beach State. He also played all 40 minutes at Bakersfield earlier in the season.
Burton has played 233 minutes and 31 seconds consecutively. The streak started with 11:29 to play in the first half at Cal.
In the last seven games he has played all but 82 seconds. In the UC Davis overtime contest on Dec. 7 he played all but 54 seconds. At Cal on Dec. 10 he received 28 seconds of rest.
His low minutes was 34 against Morehead State. He has played 39 minutes once and 38 minutes twice.
NEVADA 2-0 IN MW PLAY: After one week of Mountain West play Nevada is off to a 2-0 start in its second year in the conference. The Wolf Pack won 62-50 at San José State and knocked off Wyoming 61-58 at home. The Pack and Air Force are both 2-0 in conference play. San Diego State, Boise State and New Mexico are 1-0.
Nevada has a winning record for the first time in MW play. In year one last season, the Wolf Pack lost its first two MW games and never recovered going 3-13 to finish last in the nine-team league.
With the addition of SJSU and Utah State the league will be 11 teams this season. The nine returning members are Nevada, UNLV, San Diego State, Colorado State, Air Force, New Mexico, Wyoming, Boise State and Fresno State. UNM was picked in the preseason coaches poll to repeat as MW Champions. The Pack were picked to finish ninth.
EVANS RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds against Long beach State. The 6-8 guard is stepping up his game in his final season. Evans has played in 109 games during his career and made 90 starts.
Always asked to slow down the opponents top scorer or rebound, he has increased his offensive game this season averaging 14.1 points per game to rank second on the team and 18th in the MW. Last season he averaged 7.5 points per game and has a career average of 7.3.
In 10-of-14 games Evans has scored in double figures and four times scored 20 or more points. All four of his career games of 20 or more points came in a seven game stretch that started with 20 versus #19 UCLA and included his 21 points at home against Long Beach State. At UC Davis he scored a career-high 25 points. He posted team-highs with 24 versus Omaha and 21 against LBSU.
Three times he led the team in scoring at UCD, versus Omaha and against LBSU. The 20 points against UCLA tied Deonte Burton for team-high honors.
Evans is averaging 16.3 points, six rebounds and is shooting 53.2 (50-of-94) percent since his first 20-point game which is a stretch of nine games. In those nine games he has made 44.7 (17-of-38) percent of his 3-pointers.
BALANCED ATTACK: Nevada uses a balanced scoring attack with four player averaging double figures. All four are starters for the Wolf Pack. Eight times this season four Wolf Pack players scored in double figures in a game versus; Pacific, at USF, vs. Chattanooga, vs. #19 UCLA, at UC Davis, vs. Iona, vs. Long Beach State and vs. Wyoming. The Pack is 4-4 in those eight games.
Senior guard Deonte Burton leads the MW and ranks 11th nationally averaging 21.8 points per game. Burton has scored 16 or more points in every game this season.
Another senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is second on the team and 18th in the MW scoring 14.1 points per contest. Evans has scored in double figures in 10-of-14 games played. All four of his career games of 20 or more points have come in the last nine games.
Junior newcomer Michael Perez is third on the squad scoring 11.9 points per game. Perez has reached double figures 10 times on the season.
The fourth player averaging double figures is sophomore forward Cole Huff who scores 10.3 points per game. Huff scored a career-high 16 points versus Long Beach State and has reached double figures seven times.
HUFF POSTS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sophomore forward Cole Huff recorded his first career double-double and first of the season by a Pack player with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Iona game. The 10 rebounds is a career high and he equaled it with 10 at San Jose State but fell two points short of a second double-double against the Spartans.
Huff made 5-of-10 shots from the field including 2-or-4 from behind the arc against Iona. He grabbed two offensive rebounds and eight defensive boards against Iona.
In four of the last seven games he has scored in double figures, twice he had nine points and totaled eight in the other. Seven times on the season he netted double figures including three consecutive games early in the season. His career-high of 16 came this season at home against Long Beach State.
WEST RECORDS DOUBLE-DOUBLE: In just his fourth game in the Silver & Blue, after being cleared by the NCAA to play, junior forward AJ West recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The 12 rebounds is a game and season high.
West has started three of the four games in which he has played and scored in double figures in the last two games. At San Jose State he totaled 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
In his first game against Iona, West scored four points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked a shot in 17 minutes. Against LBSU he made his first start in which he scored six points, had five rebounds and blocked three shots in 24 minutes.
The 6-9 forward averaged 10.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.1 blocks his sophomore year at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y.
One piece of irony is that West's first game for the Pack came against another school from New Rochelle, N.Y. The Iona and Monroe College campuses are located 1.3 miles from each other.
COLEMAN SET TO RETURN: Sophomore guard Marqueze Coleman has missed the last five games after having eye surgery but is expected to return for the UNLV game on Wednesday. Coleman is averaging 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game. He earned two starts early in the season and has scored in double figures four times including a career-high 15 against #19 UCLA.
STEVENS, JR. OUT: Junior forward Ronnie Stevens, Jr. has missed the last five games after having surgery to repair a stress fracture. Stevens is expected to return within the next two weeks. He earned three starts and is averaging 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game.
BURTON CHASING JONES, 14 POINTS FROM 1,800: Senior guard Deonte Burton began his senior season 10th in scoring at Nevada and after 15 games has climbed to fourth with 1,786 points. Burton is chasing Edgar Jones (1975-79) for third, who scored 1,876 points at Nevada.
In addition to scoring, Burton who made his 113th consecutive start against Wyoming, every game since stepping on campus is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
Burton's 429 assists ranks seventh, eight back of Darryl Owens (1986-89) for sixth who has 437. His 146 steals is nine behind Curtis High's (1983-85) 155 for fifth.
His 162 three-pointers made is sixth with Jimmy Carroll (1996-98) fifth with 170. In 113 games he has attempted 474 three-pointers to rank fourth. Terrance Green (1999-03) is third with 592 attempted.
Burton is tied with Nick Fazekas' (2004-07) for first with 546 free throws made. In the Missouri game Burton moved past Fazekas and now has attempted a school record 722 free throws.
CARTER PASSES JOHNSON: The victory at San Jose State gave fifth-year head coach David Carter his 80th career win at Nevada which moved him past his mentor Trent Johnson (1999-04) for eighth most in school history. The win over Wyoming was number 81.
Carter is 81-66 at Nevada and Johnson went 79-74 in his five seasons leading the Wolf Pack. Johnson brought Carter to Nevada as an assistant coach. Pat Foster (1993-99) is seventh with 90 wins.
MR. CLUTCH DELIVERS AGAIN: Nevada fans have come to expect senior guard Deonte Burton to come through down the stretch as he has done throughout his career.
On Saturday Burton did it once again scoring the go ahead basket with 32 seconds to play to give the Pack a 59-58 lead over Wyoming. The Cowboys shot with 4 seconds to go was no good and two free throws by Michael Perez sealed the victory.
Burton's second game-winning shot of the season came versus Chattanooga on Nov. 22 as he hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Pack an 83-81 victory over the Mocs. He scored a game-high 28 points.
Burton's heroics closed out the game at Cal Poly as he drove the lane and hit the bucket with 6.6 seconds to play to put the Pack up 59-58. He converted the free throw after being fouled and Nevada led 60-58. Burton was not done as he stole the ball and dunked it as the clock expired. The dunk did not count but put a cap on the comeback as Nevada scored the final six points after being down four with 17 seconds to play.
His junior season he produced three game-winning shots in front of the home faithful. In the World Vision Classic with Nevada trailing CS Fullerton 77-75 on Nov. 16, he drove the lane, scored and converted the free throw after being fouled to put the Pack up 78-77 with 14 seconds to play. It was not all offensive as he blocked a potential game winning layup at the other end of the court then sealed the victory with two more free throws to give him the last five points in a 80-77 Pack victory.
He delivered the next night against Green Bay hitting a game-winning three-pointer from deep behind the arc with 2 seconds on the clock to give the Pack the 71-69 victory over the Phoenix. This coming after GB had just gone ahead 69-68 on a three-pointer. Burton's three-pointer gave him exactly 1,000 career points in the Silver & Blue.
Against UC Davis on Nov. 28, 2012 he hit a jumper in the lane with 3 seconds on the clock to give Nevada an 84-83 victory over the Aggies. He finished with a game-high 26 points.
It started his sophomore year with a game-tying three-pointer to force overtime versus Washington. A game, the Pack would win 76-73 in overtime as he scored eight-of-10 points in the extra period.
The first game-winning shot of his career was a three-pointer as a sophomore with 11 seconds on the clock at home against Utah State giving the Pack a 53-52 victory.
10 YEARS AFTER SWEET 16: The 2013-14 season marks the 10th anniversary of the only University of Nevada men's basketball team to advance to the Sweet 16. The 2003-04 squad captured the Western Athletic Conference tournament title and entered the NCAA Championship with a 23-8 record.
Playing in Seattle, the 10th seeded Wolf Pack rallied from a 16-point first half deficit to defeat the seventh-seeded Michigan State Spartans 72-66. In the second round Nevada dominated second-seeded Gonzaga winning 91-72 to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
At the regional in St. Louis the Pack lost a close 72-67 game to Georgia Tech in the RCA Dome. The Pack finished the year 25-9.
Kirk Snyder was named WAC Player of the Year after averaging 18.8 points per game. Nick Fazekas (12.6 ppg) and Todd Okeson (11. 2 ppg) also averaged double figures.
ITALY TOUR: The Nevada men's basketball team took a 10-day trip to Italy in August and won all four games played. The Wolf Pack made stops in Milan, Lake Como, Venice, Florence and Rome. Highlights of the trip included Michelangelo's David, the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican.