Feb. 21, 2013
Nevada at San Diego State: Nevada (12-13, 3-8 MW) plays at San Diego State (19-7, 7-5 MW) on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. PT. The game will air nationally on the NBC Sports Network. The Wolf Pack is eighth in the MW standings and the Aztecs are tied for third. SDSU is 12-1 at home and the Pack 2-8 on the road.
Saturday, 3:05 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(12-13, 3-8 MW)
San Diego State Aztecs
(19-7, 7-5 MW)
Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (12,214)
San Diego, Calif.
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network, Todd Harris (play-by-play) and Blaine Fowler (analyst)
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 2:30 p.m. PT
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
WEB STREAMING: NevadaWolfPack.tv (fee service)
SERIES HISTORY: SDSU leads the series 6-3. The Aztecs won the first meeting this season in Reno on Jan. 78-57. Nevada had won the previous two meetings both coming during the 1998-99 season. The Pack won 76-71 in San Diego and 94-75 at home.
UP NEXT: Nevada plays at Boise State on Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. PT. The Pack defeated the Broncos 75-59 on Jan. 26 in Reno.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
Nevada is 12-13 on the season, 10-5 at home and 2-8 on the road.
After falling to Fresno State on Tuesday, Nevada is under .500 for the first time since dropping the opening game of the season.
Nevada’s 74-69 victory over Air Force snapped a three-game losing skid. It was the second time the Wolf Pack had lost a season-high three in a row.
Malik Story holds the school record for 3-pointers made with 230 in 92 games played at Nevada. Story broke the record in Air Force game making his 228th, one more than Marcelus Kemp’s 227 in 134 games played.
Story scored a game-high 31 points vs. Colorado State making 11-of-17 shots, seven-of-11 from behind the arc. The seven 3-pointers tied his career high set last season vs. Longwood. It is his second 30 point game of the year after scoring a career-high 35 vs. Yale. Story’s 35 points vs. Yale is tied for the third highest point total in the MW and the 31 is the third most in a conference game this year.
Junior forward Kevin Panzer recorded his first career double-double and the Pack’s first of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds against Air Force. The 14 rebounds is his career high and is tied with Jerry Evans, Jr. for the Nevada high this season. Panzer followed the AF game with 10 points at Wyoming marking the first back-to-back double figure games of his career.
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. The Pack is 1222-1103 all time.
Six-of-eight MW losses have been by double figures. The Pack’s three conference wins were by seven points at Fresno State, 16 vs. Boise State and five vs. Air Force.
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 73.3 percent of its free throws which is second to Boise State in the MW and ranks 33rd nationally. At FS the Pack made 30-of-37 free throws which is season highs in both categories and tops in a MW game. In MW action the Pack is third at 71.1 percent behind Air Force (80.3) and BSU (73.6).
One of the best free throw teams in the MW the Pack missed a season-high 14 vs. Fresno State on Tuesday. The previous high was 13 vs. Wyoming.
The Pack totaled a season-high 48 rebounds against #25 Wyoming. Nevada outrebounded the Cowboys 48-31, 23-3 on the offensive glass. In the AF game the Pack outrebounded the Falcons, 40-27, 14-4 offensively. It was the fifth 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 MW play Burton is fifth in the conference averaging 16.4 points per game. He has scored in double figures in all 11 MW games and began the conference season with three 20 plus point games; 21 at Air Force, 23 vs. #25 Wyoming and 22 at FS.
Jerry Evans, Jr. scored in double figures in three consecutive MW games until totaling seven at #20 UNM. Evans scored 14 vs. #25 SDSU, 12 vs. BSU and 14 at UNLV. Evans is averaging 8.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in MW play.
In seven-of-11 MW games Evans has led the Pack in rebound with five being game highs. Evans has three double figure rebounding games; career-high 14 vs. Cal Poly, 10 vs. Wyoming and 11 at FS.
Evans scored a season-high 18 points against Cal State University San Marcos which tied for game-high honors. The 18 points was first time this season that someone other than Deonte Burton or Malik Story led the Pack in scoring. At UNLV his 14 tied Burton for game-high honors.
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.
Burton and Story rank 11th and 12th in school history with 1,354 and 1,352 points respectively. The backcourt duo has started all 92 games of their careers. Burton (16 ppg) and Story (15.8 ppg) are sixth and seventh in scoring average in the Mountain West. In conference play Burton (16.4 ppg) is fifth in scoring and Story (14.5 ppg) seventh. Burton has posted nine game highs in points and Story eight.
Head coach David Carter ranks ninth in school history with 74 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.
BURTON MAKES SPORTSCENTER TOP 10 TWICE: Junior guard Deonte Burton made the ESPN SportsCenter top 10 plays of the day twice in the same week. Burton’s dunk at UNLV on Jan. 29 was No. 2 that night and his block at #20 New Mexico on Feb. 2 was 10th.
EVANS, JR. ENJOYING MW: Junior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. returned to the starting lineup after seven games coming off the bench when MW play began and has been more productive. Evans is averaging 8.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in conference play with a shooting percentage of 41.7. On the season he is averaging 7.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Evans had a stretch of three double figure scoring games snapped finishing with seven at #20 New Mexico. He reached double figures with 14 vs. #25 SDSU, 12 against Boise State and 14 at UNLV. The 14 points against the Rebels tied for game high honors.
In the 11 conference 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 and nine at UNLV. At UNM he finished with a game-high nine boards.
He has led the Pack in rebounding in seven-of-11 MW games. In five of the games he either posted or tied for game-high honors in rebounds.
BURTON AND STORY OVER 1300 POINTS: Nevada’s backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story have started every game of their careers and number 92 came against Fresno State on Tuesday. Both reached the 1,300 point plateau against Colorado State after reaching 1,200 together in the Wyoming contest. Burton scored his 1,000th career point on Nov. 17 against Green Bay and less than 24 hours later Story joined the club, scoring his 1,000th point on Nov. 18 versus Southern Utah. The duo became the 23rd and 24th players in school history to score 1,000 points.
After 92 games in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by two points. Burton is 11th in school history with 1,354 points and Story ranks 12th with 1,252. Kirk Snyder (2001-04) is 10th with 1,404 points. See page 7 for a list of Nevada’s 1,000 point scorers.
BURRIS’ EVER CHANGING ROLES: After coming off the bench the first seven games of the season junior guard Jordan Burris switched roles and made 15 consecutive starts until coming off the bench the last three games. On the year he averages 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds. He is fourth in scoring and third in rebounding on the team.
Six times in the 15 starts he has scored in double figures marking the first time he has more than one double figure scoring game in a season. After two double figure scoring games his first two seasons, one as a freshman and one his sophomore year, he has eight this 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.
EXPLOSIVE BACKCOURT: Nevada’s backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story has started all 92 games in their Wolf Pack careers. They are responsible for 46.7 percent of the Pack’s offensive production this season and in MW play 50 percent. Burton averages 16 points per game to rank sixth and the conference and Story’s 15.8 is seventh.
After 11 MW games Burton is scoring at 16.4 points per game to rank fifth in conference play. He has reached double figures in all 11 MW games with four being 20 plus point performances. In the last 12 games he has reached double figures, his longest stretch of the season. In an earlier 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. Eight 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, totaled 16 in the win over Boise State, posted a game-high 20 at #20 UNM and followed that with a game-high 31 versus Colorado State. He scored a career-high 35 in the Pack’s 85-75 victory over Yale and has scored 20 or more points in six 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 18-of-25 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. On the season he is making 33.9 percent of his three-pointers to rank fifth in the MW and his 2.4 made per game is third in the conference.
In 17-of-25 games this season one of the two has posted or tied for game-high honors in points. Burton has nine to his credit and Story eight.
STORY SETS SCHOOL RECORD: In two plus seasons senior sharpshooting guard Malik Story has put his name in the Wolf Pack record books. At home against Air Force he set the Nevada record for career three-pointers made with his 228th. Currently he has made 230 three-pointers and attempted 600 which are both school records. The previous record holder was Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) who made 227 in 597 attempts in 134 games.
Story ranks in three career categories and his name appears on two single season lists. Story has been successful on 38.3 (230-of-600) 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.
PANZER RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Junior forward Kevin Panzer recorded his first career double-double and the first by a Pack player this season against Air Force with his 10 point and 14 rebound performance. The 14 rebounds was a game and career high. The 14 boards tied Jerry Evans, Jr. for the high by a Pack player this season. Panzer made five-of-six shots from the field in 29 minutes on the floor. At Wyoming he scored 10 points marking the first back-to-back double figure scoring games of his career.
THREE MOUNTAIN WEST TEAMS RECEIVING NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Nevada faces tough competition in its first year in the Mountain West as three teams are receiving national attention.
In the Feb. 18, AP poll, New Mexico is ranked 16th and Colorado State 22nd.
UNM is 16th in the USA Today Coaches Poll with Colorado State 21st. San Diego State (3) is receiving votes.
MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS SECOND IN CONFERENCE RPI: The Mountain West ranks second in conference RPI through games of Feb. 17.
Three-of-nine Mountain West teams are in the top 20 of the Feb. 18 NCAA RPI report. New Mexico leads the pack at No. 3, while Colorado State is 13 and UNLV is 19. SDSU is 34th giving the conference four teams in the top 35.
Boise State (42), Wyoming (64), Air Force (72), Nevada (134) and Fresno State (159) round out the conference.