Jan. 27, 2013
Nevada at UNLV: Nevada (11-8, 2-3 MW) plays at intrastate rival UNLV (16-4, 3-2 MW) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Wolf Pack is 2-3 in the MW after defeating Boise State 75-59 on Saturday. The Rebels knocked off Wyoming 62-50 at home last Thursday to improve to 3-2 in MW action. Tuesday's game is first men's basketball game played as part of the Governor's Series that was established on Oct. 8, 2012.
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(11-8, 2-3 MW)
(16-4, 3-2 MW)
Thomas & Mack Center (18,500)
Las Vegas, Nev.
TELEVISION: CBS College Sports Network
Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst) and Gary Parrish (sidelines).
RADIO: University of Nevada Sports Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KPLY 630
AM Reno; KUUB 94.3 FM Carson City; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KHWG 750 AM Fallon, KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)
Ryan Radtke (play-by-play), pregame 6:30 p.m. PT
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
WEB STREAMING: none
SERIES HISTORY: UNLV leads the series 54-19. The Rebels have won the last six meetings including a 71-67 victory in Las Vegas last season. The Pack's last win came in Las Vegas 68-61 on Nov. 26, 2005.
UP NEXT: Nevada plays at New Mexico on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. PT. The game will air nationally on the NBC Sports Network.
UNLV REBELS: Second-year head coach Dave Rice has led the Rebels to 16-4 record and a 3-2 start in the MW. Rice is 42-14 leading the Rebels. UNLV is in a three-way tie for third in the MW.
Freshman forward Anthony Bennett (6-8) tops the MW in scoring at 18.4 points game and is fifth in rebounding at 8.6 per contest. Bennett, the preseason MW Freshman of the Year, is shooting 55.4 percent from the field.
Senior guard, Anthony Marshall (6-3) is the second Rebel averaging double figures scoring 10.4 points per game and tops the MW dishing out 5.95 assists per game.
Guards Katin Reinhardt (6-5) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (6-5) are contributing 9.8 and 9.4 points per game respectively. Junior forward Mike Moser (6-8), a preseason All-MW selection, missed seven games as result of an injury. Moser is averaging 8.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
UNLV is second in the MW averaging 76.2 points per game and hold opponents to 63.9 points per game. The plus 12.3 points per game margin is second in the conference. From the field the Rebels shoot 45.3 percent and hold opponents to a MW low 38 percent shooting. From behind the arc they shoot 34.5 percent and opponents 28.5 which tops the MW in three-point field goal percentage defense. UNLV is outrebounding opponents by 8.5 per game, 41.7-33.2.
NEVADA TAKES DOWN BOISE STATE 75-59: RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Deonte Burton scored 17 points, leading four Nevada players in double figures, and the Wolf Pack defeated Boise State 75-59 Saturday.
Nevada jumped to a 10-2 lead, but Boise State came back to lead at halftime 28-27. But Story scored eight points in a 10-0 run that gave Nevada a 50-41 lead, and the Wolf Pack pulled away in the final 5 minutes.
Anthony Drmic had 16 of his 23 points in the second half for the Broncos (14-5, 2-3). Derrick Marks and Mikey Thompson scored 11 points each for Boise State.
GOVERNOR'S SERIES: Tuesday's game at UNLV will be the first men's basketball game played since the inception of the Governor's Series. 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. The Pack are currently leading 7.5-4.5. Nevada earned three points in football and cross country plus a split of the three points in soccer to total 7.5. The Rebels earned three points in volleyball and 1.5 in the soccer split.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
Nevada is 11-8 on the season, 9-3 at home and 2-5 on the road.
Nevada's 75-59 victory over Boise State was its first home MW win in three games.
The Wolf Pack won its first MW game at Fresno State 68-61. The win at FS snapped a season-high three-game losing skid.
Nevada put four players in double figures in the victory over Boise State; Deonte Burton (17), Malik Story (16), Jerry Evans, Jr. (12) and Devonte Elliott (11) all reached double digits. Five Pack players reached double figures in the Cal State University San Marcos game.
Nevada is celebrating its 100th year of basketball this season.
Tuesday's game at UNLV is the first of three consecutive games on nationally television and four in five contests.
The Wolf Pack lost its first game played in MW falling 78-65 at Air Force. The loss makes the Pack 0-5 when opening play in its last five conference switches.
Nevada is making 74.6 percent of its free throws which is second to Boise State (74.9 %) in the MW. In the last three games Nevada has made 80.5 (66-of-82) percent of its free throws. At FS the Pack made 30-of-37 free throws which is season highs in both categories.
The Pack totaled a season-high 48 rebounds against #25 Wyoming. Nevada outrebounded the Cowboys 48-31, 23-3 on the offensive glass. It was the fourth time the Pack outrebounded an opponent by double figures this season.
After scoring a combined nine points in the first two MW games Pack senior guard Malik Story scored a game-high 24 at FS with 17 coming in the second half. Story made 11-of-12 free throws at FS which are both career bests. In the last three MW games he is averaging 19 points scoring 24 at FS, 17 vs. #25 SDSU and 16 vs. BSU.
Deonte Burton scored 22 points at FS and was good on 12-of-15 free throws. In MW play Burton is second in the conference averaging 19 points per game. He scored 21 at Air Force, 23 vs. #25 Wyoming, 22 at FS, 12 vs. #25 SDSU and 17 vs. BSU.
The Wolf Pack's season-high five-game win streak was snapped in a 56-43 loss at Oregon on New Year's Eve.
Story scored a career-high 35 points against Yale, 24 in the second half. The 35 points is tied for the second best scoring game in the Mountain West this season.
Jerry Evans, Jr. has posted back-to-back double figure scoring games for the first time this season in the last two games with 14 vs. #25 SDSU and 12 vs. BSU. In five MW games Evans has eight, 10, 11, seven and three rebounds. The eight, 11 and seven rebound outings were game highs while the 10 was a team high. In the Cal Poly game he had a career-high 14 rebounds giving him three double figure rebound games this season.
Evans scored a season-high 18 points against Cal State University San Marcos which tied for game-high honors. The 18 points is the only time this season that someone other than Deonte Burton or Malik Story led the Pack in scoring.
In the Cal State University San Marcos game, the Pack got a season-high 50 points off the bench. The Nevada bench has outscored its opponents 11 times on the season.
Story made his 200th career three-pointer in the Yale game and his 214 made is second most in school history. Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) is first with 227.
Burton and Story rank 14th and 16th in school history with 1,269 and 1,259 points respectively. The backcourt duo has started all 86 games of their careers. Burton (16.6 ppg) and Story (15.8 ppg) are fifth and seventh in scoring average in the Mountain West.
Burton has led the Pack in scoring 11 times this season and Story seven.
Jordan Burris has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high five times.
Head coach David Carter ranks ninth in school history with 73 career wins. Carter is just the second Pack coach to post two 20 win seasons in a career at Nevada. Mark Fox being the other.
Carter, the 2012 WAC Coach of the Year, has led the Pack to postseason NIT bids in two of his three years. Last year Carter led the Pack to the Western Athletic Conference title with a 13-1 mark and a 28-7 season record. The 28 wins is the second most in school history. The Pack also tied the school record with 16 consecutive wins.
The 2011-12 Nevada squad reached the quarterfinals of the NIT before falling at Stanford. The Cardinal went on to win the NIT Championship.
EVANS, JR. ENJOYING MW: Junior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. returned to the starting lineup after seven games coming off the bench once MW play began and has been productive in the five MW contests. Evans is averaging 9.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in conference play with a shooting percentage of 45.5.
In the five 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. In the last two MW game he has scored in double figures with 14 vs. #25 SDSU and 12 against Boise State.
BACKCOURT OF 1,200 POINT SCORERS: Nevada's backcourt boasts a pair of 1,200 point scorers in junior point guard Deonte Burton and senior shooting guard Malik Story. Burton scored his 1,000 career point on Nov. 17 against Green Bay and less than 24 hours later Story joined the club, scoring his 1,000 point on Nov. 18 versus Southern Utah. The duo became the 23rd and 24th players in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau at Nevada. Against Wyoming they both moved past 1,200 career points.
After 86 consecutive games starting in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by 10 points. Both moved up one spot after the Boise State game. Burton has 1,269 points to rank 14th in school history while Story's 1,259 is 16th. Three more points by each will move them up the list one more spot as Brandon Fields (2006-10) is 13th with 1,271 points and Kevin Soares (1988-92) is 15th with 1,261
LINEUP CHANGE BENEFITS EVANS, JR. AND BURRIS: Nevada head coach David Carter used the same starting lineup the first seven games of the season and has used three different lineups the last 12 games. The biggest change was inserting Jordan Burris into the starting five and having Jerry Evans, Jr. come off the bench. That was until Evans returned to the lineup once MW play began.
Both have benefitted from the change as Burris is averaging 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in his 12 starts. In the first seven games of the season he averaged 6.0 points and 2.9 rebounds. Five times in the 12 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 five MW starts he is averaging 9.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. In the five 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. In the last two MW games he has scored in double figures with 14 vs. #25 SDSU and 12 against Boise State.
EXPLOSIVE BACKCOURT: Nevada's backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story has started all 86 games in their Wolf Pack careers. They are responsible for 46.4 percent of the Pack's offensive production this season. Burton averages 16.6 points per game and Story 15.8. They rank fifth and seventh respectively in the MW in scoring.
After five MW games Burton is averaging 19 points per game to rank second in the MW. He scored 21, 23, 22, 12 and 17 points in the five 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 , tied for game-high honors with 17 versus #25 San Diego State and totaled 16 in the win over Boise 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 14-of-19 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 2.32 made per game is also fourth in the conference.
In 13-of-19 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.
ELLIOTT PRODUCING IN MW: Since MW play began junior forward Devonte Elliott has been more productive off the Wolf Pack bench. Elliott averaged 5.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and shot 54.1 percent from the field in the first 14 games of the season. In five MW games he is averaging 8.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and is shooting 51.5 percent from the field.
Twice he has scored in double figures in MW play with 12 at Air Force and 11 versus Boise State. His only double figure rebound game of the season also came in conference play when he totaled 11 against #25 Wyoming. He also posted a career-best four blocks at Fresno State.
Elliott started the first eight games of the season but has come off the bench the last 11 games. In 11 games as a reserve he is averaging 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent. Four of his six double figure scoring games have come off the bench. Since coming off the bench he has been sharing the five spot with fellow junior forward Kevin Panzer.
STORY FROM LONG DISTANCE: In two plus seasons senior sharpshooting guard Malik Story has put his name in the Wolf Pack record books. Story ranks in three career categories and his name appears on two single season lists. For the first time this season and just the sixth time in his career he did not make a three-pointer in the Pack's game against Wyoming missing all five attempts.
Story surpassed 200 career three-pointers made in the Pack's game against Yale and his 214 is second in school history. Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) ranks first with 227 made.
In 86 games Story has attempted 552 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 (214-of-552) 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.
FIVE MOUNTAIN WEST TEAMS RECEIVING NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Nevada faces tough competition in its first year in the Mountain West as five teams are receiving national attention. In the Jan. 21, AP poll, New Mexico is ranked and four are receiving votes. In the USA Today Coaches poll two teams are ranked and three are receiving votes.
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.