Nevada hosts intrastate rival UNLV on Saturday.
Feb. 28, 2013
UNLV at Nevada: Nevada (12-15, 3-10 MW) hosts intrastate rival UNLV (21-7, 8-5 MW) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. PT. The Wolf Pack is eighth in the MW standings and the Rebels are in third place at 8-5. The Pack has lost a season-high four in a row. The Rebels have won three in a row and four of its last five games. The game will air nationally on the NBC Sports Network.
Saturday, 1:05 p.m. PT
(21-7, 8-5 MW)
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(12-15, 3-10 MW)
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network, Steve Schlanger (play-by-play), 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), Len Stevens (analyst); pregame 12:30 p.m. PT
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
SERIES HISTORY: UNLV leads the series 55-19. The Rebels have won the last seven meetings including a 66-54 early this season in Las Vegas. The Pack's last win came in Las Vegas 68-61 on Nov. 26, 2005.
UP NEXT: Nevada hosts New Mexico in the final home game on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. PT. The game will air on the CBS Sports Network.
UNLV REBELS: Second-year head coach Dave Rice has led the Rebels to 21-7 record this season and a third place standing in the MW at 8-5. Rice is 47-17 leading the Rebels.
Freshman forward Anthony Bennett (6-8) leads the Rebels in scoring and rebounding averaging 17 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Bennett ranks in the top five in the MW in both categories. In the first meeting he had 13 points and nine rebounds. The preseason MW Freshman of the Year is shooting 53.6 percent from the field.
Senior guard, Anthony Marshall (6-3) is averaging double figures scoring 10.3 points per game and tops the MW dishing out 5.89 assists per game.
Guard Katin Reinhardt (6-5) is scoring 10.1 points per game and had nine in the first game. Bryce Dejean-Jones (6-5) is contributing 9.5 and Khem Birch (6-9) 8.1 points per game. Jones had 11 points in game one. Birch tied for game-high honors with 14 points in the first meeting and grabbed seven boards.
UNLV is third in the MW averaging 72.6 points per game and hold opponents to 63.2 points per game. The plus 9.4 points per game margin is third in the conference. From the field the Rebels shoot 44.3 percent and hold opponents to a MW low 38.5 percent. From behind the arc they shoot 33.1 percent and opponents 28.9 which tops the MW in three-point field goal percentage defense. UNLV is outrebounding opponents by 7.6 per game, 40.9-33.3.
GOVERNOR'S SERIES PRESENTED BY NV ENERGY: Saturday's game with UNLV has key implications in the Governor's Series Presented by NV Energy. The Rebels won the first meeting 66-54 on Jan. 29 in Las Vegas. A Wolf Pack win on Saturday would split the three points awarded for men's basketball in the series but a win by UNLV would give the Rebels the three points.
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.
Nevada is currently leading 10.5-7.5. Nevada earned three points in football, cross country and indoor track & field, plus a split of the three points in soccer to total 10.5. The Rebels earned three points in volleyball and swimming and diving plus 1.5 in the soccer split.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
Nevada is 12-15 on the season, 10-5 at home and 2-10 on the road.
The Wolf Pack has lost a season-high four in a row.
The Pack had season lows in field goals made (10), field goals attempted (38), rebounds (21), assists (4) and shooting percentage (26.3) at Boise State on Wednesday. The 47 points scored was the second lowest total of the season to the 43 at Oregon .
Malik Story scored a game-high 33 points at SDSU. It was his third 30 plus point game of the season, fourth of his career and ninth time he posted a game-high this season. Story tied his career-high with seven 3-pointers and 12 field goals made. Story scored 31 points vs. Colorado State and posted a career-high 35 vs. Yale.
Story holds the school record for 3-pointers made with 239 in 94 games played at Nevada. His 619, 3-pointers attempted is also a school record.
Deonte Burton has scored in double figures a career-high 14 games in a row. Burton has scored in double figures in all 13 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.
Burton's 12 points and season-high 10 assists at SDSU is his second career double-double and first since his freshman year. His other double-double was vs. Pepperdine when he had 10 points and a career-high 11 assists.
Burton's 353 career assists is ninth in school history.
Junior forward Kevin Panzer recorded his first career double-double 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 scoring games of his career.
Nevada is celebrating its 100th year of basketball this season. The Pack is 1222-1105 all time.
Eight-of-10 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 73.6 percent of its free throws which is second to Boise State in the MW and ranks 53rd 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 74.9 percent.
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 6.3 rebounds in MW play. Four of his six double figure scoring games have been in MW play.
In seven-of-13 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 is the only 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 12 times on the season.
Story and Burton rank 11th and 12th in school history with 1,393 and 1,379 points respectively. The backcourt duo has started all 94 games of their careers. Story (16.1 ppg) and Burton (15.7 ppg) is fifth and sixth in scoring average in the Mountain West. In conference play Burton (15.8) and Story (15.4) rank fourth and fifth in scoring. Each has posted nine game-highs this season.
Burton and Story account for 47.3 percent of the Pack offense and in MW play 50.2.
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.
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. Evans is averaging 8.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in conference play with a shooting percentage of 42.2. On the season he is averaging 7.9 points and team-high 5.6 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 Pack's game at SDSU he scored 16 points.
In the 13 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-13 MW games. In five of the games he either posted or tied for game-high honors in rebounds.
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.
BURTON AND STORY NEARING 1400 POINTS: Nevada's backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story have started every game of their careers and number 94 came at Boise State on Wednesday. After reaching the 1,300 point plateau against Colorado State and 1,200 together in the Wyoming contest they are nearing 1,400. Story's is seven points from 1,400 and Burton is 21 from the mark.
After 94 games in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by 14 points. Story is 11th in school history with 1,393 points and Burton ranks 12th with 1,379. Kirk Snyder (2001-04) is 10th with 1,404 points.
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.
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 returning to the bench the last five games. On the year he averages 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. He is fourth in scoring and third in rebounding on the team.
Six times in the 15 starts he 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 94 games in their Wolf Pack careers. They are responsible for 47.3 percent of the Pack's offensive production this season and in MW play 50.2 percent. Story average 16.1 points per game to rank fifth in the MW and Burton's 15.7 is sixth. In MW play Burton is second in scoring at 15.8 per game and Story fifth with his 15.4 points per contest.
Burton has reached double figures in all 13 MW games with four being 20 plus point performances. In the last 14 games he has reached double figures, the longest stretch in his career. 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 has three 30 plus point games on the season and six additional 20 plus point games. He scored a career-high 35 against Yale with 24 coming in the second half. In two MW losses he scored over 30 points with 31 versus Colorado State and 33 at San Diego State. He 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, followed that with a game-high 31 versus Colorado State and had a game-high 33 at SDSU. In 19-of-27 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 35.2 percent of his three-pointers to rank fifth in the MW and his 2.56 made per game is second in the conference.
In 18-of-27 games this season one of the two has posted or tied for game-high honors in points. Each has posted nine game highs.
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 239 three-pointers and attempted 619 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 38.6 (239-of-619) 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 only one 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.
FOUR 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. 25, AP poll, New Mexico is ranked 14th. Colorado State (49) and UNLV (13) are receiving votes.
UNM is 14th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. San Diego State (13), UNLV (12) and Colorado State are receiving votes.
MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS SECOND IN CONFERENCE RPI: The Mountain West ranks second in conference RPI through games of Feb. 24.
Three-of-nine Mountain West teams are in the top 15 of the Feb. 25 NCAA RPI report. New Mexico leads the pack at No. 3, UNLV is 14 and Colorado State appears at 15.
SDSU is 32nd giving the conference four teams in the top 35.
Boise State (47), Wyoming (68), Air Force (75), Fresno State (157) and Nevada (159) round out the conference.