March 7, 2013
Nevada at Colorado State: Nevada (12-17, 3-12 MW) plays at Colorado State (23-7, 10-5 MW) on Saturday at 5:40 p.m. PT to close out the regular season. The game will air nationally on CBS Sports Network. The Wolf Pack has lost a season-high six in a row. The Rams are tied for second in the MW standings with a 10-5 mark. CSU is 15-1 at home this season and the Pack 2-10 away from Lawlor Events Center.
Saturday, 5:40 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(12-17, 3-12 MW)
Colorado State Rams
(23-7, 10-5 MW)
Moby Arena (8,745)
Fort Collins, Colo.
TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network
Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst), Lauren Gardner (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 5 p.m. PT
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads the series with CSU 6-5. The Rams won the earlier meeting in Reno 73-69. The Wolf Pack won the previous two meetings 82-75 in Fort Collins, Colo. on Dec. 2, 2008 and 74-66 at home Dec. 19, 2007.
UP NEXT: Nevada opens play in the 2013 Reese’s MW Basketball Championships at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Mar. 12-13, 15-16.
COLORADO STATE RAMS: First-year head coach Larry Eustachy has the Rams tied for second with a 10-5 mark in the MW and an overall record of 23-7. Eustachy has a career record 425-265 in his 22nd year.
CSU starts five seniors and four score in double figures. Senior transfer Colton Iverson (6-10) tops the Rams in scoring at 14.4 points and rebounding at 9.7 per contest. In MW play he averages a double-double, 14.1 points per game and a league best 10.5 rebounds per game. In the first meeting he had 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Point guard Dorian Green (6-2) is scoring 13.5 points per game and is third in the MW dishing out 4.1 assists per game. In conference play Green is third in assists at 4.3 per game. In Reno he had 10 points and five assists.
Guard Wes Eikmeier (6-3) scores 12.3 points per game and forward Greg Smith (6-6) 11.3 per game. Eikmeier had 11 points in the first game and Smith a career-high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Forward Pierce Hornung (6-5) scores 8.8 points per game and averages 9.2 rebounds. In Reno he was ill and played just three minutes.
Offensively the Rams average 73.5 points per game and allow just 62.4. CSU shoots 45.1 percent from the field and allow opponents to shot 40.5 percent. From three-point range they shoot 34.1 percent and opponents 33.7. They outrebound opponents by 12.6 per game, 40.9-28.3.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
Nevada is 12-17 on the season, 10-7 at home and 2-10 on the road.
The Wolf Pack has lost a season-high six in a row.
Malik Story scored a game-high 33 points at SDSU. It was his third 30 plus point game of the season and fourth of his career. 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.
Seven times in 15 MW games Story has either posted or tied for game high honors in points; 24 at Fresno State, 17 versus #25 San Diego State, 20 at #20 UNM, 31 versus Colorado State, 33 at SDSU, 24 at home vs. UNLV and 25 vs. #11 New Mexico.
Story holds the school record for 3-pointers made with 247 in 96 games played at Nevada. His 637, 3-pointers attempted is also a school record.
Deonte Burton had scored in double figures a career-high 15 games in a row until finishing with eight on Wednesday versus #11 New Mexico. Burton 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 366 career assists is ninth in school history.
Story and Burton rank 9th and 11th in school history with 1,442 and 1,405 points respectively. The backcourt duo has started all 96 games of their careers. Story (16.7 ppg) and Burton (15.6 ppg) is fourth and seventh in scoring average in the Mountain West. In conference play Story (16.6) and Burton (15.4) rank fourth and sixth in scoring. Story has posted 11 game highs in points and Burton nine.
Burton and Story account for 48 percent of the Pack offense and in MW play 51.6.
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 1222-1107 all time.
Ten-of-12 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 73.7 percent of its free throws which is second to Boise State in the MW and ranks 40th 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 72.3 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 7.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in MW play. Four of his six double figure scoring games have been in MW play.
In seven-of-15 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 points 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 14 times on the season.
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.
STORY AND BURTON OVER 1400 CAREER POINTS: Senior shooting guard Malik Story and junior point guard Deonte Burton have both scored over 1,400 career points at Nevada.
Story’s 1,442 points ranks ninth at Nevada with Darryl Owens (1986-89) eighth with 1,504. Burton is 11th in school history with his 1,405 points. Armon Johnson, who Story passed on Wednesday night, is 10th with 1,441 points.
The Pack’s backcourt duo has started all 96 games of their careers. They reached 1,300 points in the same game against Colorado State and 1200 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.
EVANS STARTER IN MW PLAY: Junior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. returned to the starting lineup after seven games coming off the bench when MW play began. Evans is averaging 7.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in conference play with a shooting percentage of 42. On the season he is averaging 7.5 points and a team-high 5.4 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 15 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-15 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.
BURRIS CHANGING ROLES: Junior guard Jordan Burris has filled a variety of roles in his third year in the program. Burris came off the bench the first seven games of the year then earned 15 starts. After five more games coming off the bench he earned the start against UNLV and came off the bench in the New Mexico game. On the year he averages 6.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
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 96 games in their Wolf Pack careers. They are responsible for 48 percent of the Pack’s offensive production this season and in MW play 51.6 percent. Story averages 16.7 points per game to rank fourth in the MW and Burton’s 15.7 is seventh. In MW play Story ranks fourth averaging 16.6 points per game and Burton is sixth at 15.4 per game.
Burton reached double figures the first 14 MW games and a career-high 15 in a row until finishing with eight versus #11 New Mexico on Wednesday. Four times in conference play he scored 20 or more points including the first three games of the MW 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 has three 30 plus point games on the season and eight 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. After the slow start he has scored or tied for game-high honors in points in seven-of-15 games; 24 at Fresno State, 17 versus #25 San Diego State, 20 at #20 UNM, 31 versus Colorado State, 33 at SDSU, 24 at home vs. UNLV and 25 vs. #11 New Mexico. On the season he is making 36 percent of his three-pointers to rank fourth in the MW and his 2.66 made per game is second in the conference.
In 20-of-29 games this season one of the two has posted or tied for game-high honors in points. Story has 11 game-highs and Burton nine.
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 247 three-pointers and attempted 637 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 38.8 (247-of-637) 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. His 77 this year is the fourth best season total in school history. As a sophomore he made 76 three-pointers which is the fifth best season in Pack history.
PANZER RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Junior forward Kevin Panzer recorded his first career double-double 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. In the UNLV home contest he scored 10 points.
FOUR MOUNTAIN WEST TEAMS RECEIVING NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Nevada has faced tough competition in its first year in the Mountain West as three teams are receiving national attention.
In the March 4, AP poll, New Mexico is ranked 12th. UNLV (43) and Colorado State (1) are receiving votes.
UNM is 11th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. UNLV (9), San Diego State (7) and Colorado State (5) are receiving votes.
MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST IN CONFERENCE RPI: The Mountain West ranks first in conference RPI through games of March 3.
Three-of-nine Mountain West teams are in the top 20 of the March 4, NCAA RPI report. New Mexico leads the pack at No. 2, UNLV is 14 and Colorado State appears at 17.
SDSU is 32nd and Boise State 44th give the conference five teams in the top 45.
Wyoming (67), Air Force (85), Fresno State (153) and Nevada (166) round out the conference.