Nevada Hosts Boise State Saturday At 1 p.m.
Jan. 24, 2013
Boise State University at Nevada: Nevada (10-8, 1-3 MW) hosts Boise State (14-4, 2-2 MW) on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The Wolf Pack has lost three of its last four games while the Broncos are 8-2 in their last 10. The Pack dropped a 78-57 game to #25 San Diego State on Wednesday while BSU defeated Fresno State 74-67. The two teams have played three common MW opponents. Both defeated FS and lost at Air Force. BSU defeated Wyoming on the road while the Pack lost to the Cowboys in Reno.
Saturday, 1:05 p.m. PT
BOISE STATE BRONCOS: BSU is off to 14-4 start and 2-2 record in the MW under third-year head coach Leon Rice. Rice is 49-32 in his tenure at BSU.
Three BSU players are averaging in double figures led by sophomore guard Derrick Marks (6-3) who averages a 17.8 points per game to rank third in the MW. Marks' 24.7 points per game average in MW play tops the conference.
Sophomore swingman Anthony Drmic (6-6) is scoring 15.9 points per contest which is sixth in the MW. In MW play Drmic scores 17.6 points per game which is sixth in the conference.
Junior guard Jeff Elorriaga (6-2) is contributing 11.4 points per game and in MW play averages 10.7.
Junior forward Ryan Watkins (6-9) is averaging a double-double in MW play, 13 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. The 11.8 rebounds per game leads the MW in conference play. On the season Watkins is scoring 9.9 points and grabbing 8.2 rebounds per game.
BSU averages 77.7 points per game and allows 64.5, a margin of plus 13.2 per game. The Broncos are shooting 47.6 percent from the field and opponents shoot 43.1 percent. From behind the arc they shoot 42.1 percent and hold opponents to 34 percent shooting from long range. BSU is outrebounding opponents by 6.3 per game, 34.8-28.5.
Winston Shepard added nine points, James Rahon and Xavier Thames scored eight apiece and San Diego State (15-4, 3-2 Mountain West) took advantage of an 18-3 run late in the second half to earn the victory.
Malik Story had a team-high 17 points for Nevada (10-8, 1-3), which turned the ball over seven times in the first eight minutes of the game and trailed 39-38 at the half.
Rahon's baseline jumper five minutes into the second half started a 12-4 run capped by Franklin's 3-pointer which put the Aztecs ahead for good 56-48 with 10:37 left in the game.
SUITS AND SNEAKERS: Nevada men's basketball coaches and staff will be wearing sneakers on Saturday as part of the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend. Suits and Sneakers is a national Coaches vs. Cancer event that is designed to raise awareness about the fight against cancer and the American Cancer Society by encouraging member coaches and their coaching staffs to wear sneakers with their suits at games held that weekend to show support for the Coaches vs. Cancer program. By wearing sneakers, participating coaches help raise awareness about cancer and the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one's risk of the disease.
After 85 consecutive games starting in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by nine points. Burton has 1,252 points to rank 15th in school history while Story's 1,243 is 17th. Kevin Soares (1988-92) is 14th with 1,261 points while Nap Montgomery (1964-66) is 16th with 1,249.
Both benefitted from the change as Burris is averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in his 11 starts. In the first seven games of the season he averaged 6.0 points and 2.9 rebounds. Five times in the 11 starts he has scored in double figures marking the first time he has more than one double figure scoring game in a season.
Burris made his first start this season at Pacific with his previous start coming his freshman year on Dec. 11, 2010 versus San Francisco State. At Pacific he responded with 14 points and a career-high nine rebounds. The 14 points is one off his career high of 15 set his freshman year versus Pepperdine. He scored 13 points versus Cal Poly and followed that with 11 against San Francisco marking his first back-to-back double digit scoring games. Evans had started 56 consecutive games but was averaging 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in the first seven games of the season. His high point total was nine and he was shooting just 35.9 percent. In the seven games off the bench he shot 54.7 percent from the field. In those seven games he averaged 9.6 points per game and grabbed 6.3 rebounds per contest. In his first game off the bench he scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Pacific. Against Cal Poly he finished with a career-high 14 rebounds. In the Pack's 84-74 victory over Cal State University San Marcos he tied for game-high honors with 18 points which is his season-high and one point off his career-high of 19 set against San Jose State last season. In his four MW starts he is averaging 9 points and 9 rebounds per game. In the four games he has twice reached double figures in rebounds with 10 vs. #25 Wyoming and a game-high 11 at Fresno State. At Air Force his eight rebounds tied for game-high honors as did seven against #25 San Diego State.
After four MW games Burton is averaging 19.5 points per game to rank second in the MW. He scored 21, 23, 22 and 12 points in the four MW games. Burton scored in double figures in eight consecutive games until finishing with four against Cal Poly. In the eight game stretch he averaged 21.5 points per game. In back-to-back games he scored 28 at Marshall and 26 versus UC Davis. In the last five games of the eight game streak he scored 25 or more points four times including a season-high 29 in the Pack's 76-73 victory at Washington. Seven times he has scored 20 or more points this season.
Story struggled to begin MW play totaling just nine points in the first two games before scoring a game-high 24 at Fresno State and tied for game-high honors with 17 versus #25 San Diego State. He scored a career-high 35 in the Pack's 85-75 victory over Yale and has scored 20 or more points in five other games. He had a stretch of scoring in double figures in seven consecutive games until totaling seven against San Francisco but followed that with three more double figure outings. At Air Force he totaled just three points which is his lowest point total at Nevada dating back to the second game of his sophomore season against Pacific in the Preseason NIT at UCLA. In 13-of-18 games he has scored in double figures. He had back-to-back 25 point games versus Southern Utah and at Marshall then followed that with 23 at home against UC Davis and 19 in the Drake game. On the season he is making 34.1 percent of his three-pointers to rank fourth in the MW and his 2.33 made per game is fourth in the conference.
In 13-of-18 games this season one of the two has posted or tied for game-high honors in points. Burton has seven game highs to his credit and Story six.
Since splitting the starting position at the five spot the last 11 games the two have combined to average 9.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
Panzer is scoring 3.3 points and grabbing 4.5 rebounds per game in the last 11 contests and Elliott averages 5.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per outing. Three times Elliott has scored in double figures off the bench in the last 10 games, 11 at Washington, tied his career-high with 13 versus Cal State University San Marcos and had 12 at Air Force.
Five times this season Elliott has scored in double figures after not reaching double digits his first two seasons in the Silver & Blue. He scored 10 points against Green Bay and topped that with a 13 point outing at Marshall. Coming off the bench for the first time this season at Washington he scored 11 points then tied his career-high with 13 points in the CSUSM victory and posted 12 in the MW opener at Air Force to give him five double figure scoring games in the Silver & Blue. Against #25 Wyoming he had a season-high 11 rebounds. For the season he averages 6.3 points per game and is tied for third on the team averaging 4.1 rebounds per contest. From the field he is shooting a team best 52.3 (45-of-86) percent.
Panzer posted his career-high of 18 points in the Pack's 80-77 victory over Cal State Fullerton (11/16/12) in the first game of the World Vision Classic. The 6-9 forward made six-of-10 shots from the field which included two-of-three from behind the arc. He was also solid at the free throw line making four of his five attempts. On the season he is averaging 4.5 points per game and is second on the team with 4.3 rebounds per game. In four MW games he has scored two points and has just four points in the last five games.
Story surpassed 200 career three-pointers made in the Pack's game against Yale and his 212 is second in school history. Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) ranks first with 227 made.
In 85 games Story has attempted 546 shots from behind the arc which is third most at Nevada. Green is second with 592 attempts in his four seasons and 119 games played.
Story has been successful on 38.8 (212-of-546) percent of his three-point attempts which is ninth at Nevada.
Last season Story attempted a Pack single season record 226 three-pointers and made 94 for a percentage of 41.6. The 41.6 percent ranked 24th in NCAA I and his 2.69 made per game was 37th. The 94 three-pointers made a year ago are second most in Pack history behind Jimmy Carroll's (1996-97) 96. As a sophomore he made 76 three-pointers which is the fourth best season in Pack history.
In the AP poll NM is 15th. UNLV, Wyoming, San Diego State and Colorado State are receiving votes.
NM is 17th in the USA Today Coaches Poll and SDSU appears at 25. UNLV, Wyoming and Colorado State are receiving votes.
MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS THIRD IN CONFERENCE RPI: The Mountain West ranks third in conference RPI through games of January 20. The MW ranks third behind the Big Ten and Big East.
Six of nine Mountain West teams are in the top 35 of the Jan. 21 NCAA RPI report. New Mexico leads the pack at No. 7, while Colorado State comes in at 17 followed by UNLV at 18. San Diego State is 33, Wyoming 35 and Boise State at 50 puts six in the top 50.
Air Force (96), Nevada (160) and Fresno State (171) round out the conference.