March 17, 2012
#8 Bucknell at #5 NEVADA
Fifth seed Nevada (27-6) will host eighth seed Bucknell (25-9) in a second round National Invitation Tournament game on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. PT. Both teams won first round NIT road games, the Pack 68-59 at Oral Roberts and Bucknell 65-54 at Arizona. Sunday's game is a matchup two schools that won regular season conference titles. The Wolf Pack won the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship with a 13-1 mark and the Bison won the Patriot League with a 12-2 record.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. PT
#8 Bucknell Bison
(25-9, 12-2 Patriot League)
#5 NEVADA WOLF PACK
(27-6, 13-1 WAC)
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
RADIO: University of Nevada Sports Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington) -
Ryan Radtke (play-by-play), Len Stevens (analyst)
- pregame starts at 11:30 a.m.
TELEVISION: ESPNU - Mitch Holthus (play-by-play), Mark Adams (analyst)
Live stats: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
WEB STREAMING: ESPN3.com
SERIES HISTORY: Sunday's game will be the first meeting between Nevada and Bucknell.
UP NEXT: With a victory on Sunday Nevada would play the winner of the Illinois State at Stanford game at a yet to be determined date, site and time. The Cardinal and Redbirds are scheduled to play on Monday at 8:30 p.m. PT.
ABOUT THE BUCKNELL BISON - The Bucknell Bison won the Patriot League regular season title with a 12-2 conference mark and are 25-9 overall for fourth-year head coach Dave Paulsen. Paulsen, the two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year, is 71-58 at Bucknell and 333-178 overall in 18 seasons. The Bison won their first round game at Arizona 65-54 to knock off top seeded Wildcats.
Mike Muscala the 6-11 center for the Bison averages 16.8 points and 8.9 rebounds to lead the team in both categories. Muscala earned first team all Patriot League honors for the third year time in 2012. Guard Cameron Ayers (6-5) averages 10.9 points per game and shoots 45.5 percent from behind the arc. Junior forward Joe Willman (6-7) scores 10.8 points per game and is second in rebound at 4.9 per contest. Senior forward Bryan Cohen (6-6) was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in 2012. Cohen averages 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Willman, Cohen and Ayers all earned second teamall-league honors. The Bison point guard is sophomore Ryan Hill (6-3) who averages 1.8 assists and 2.3 points per game.
Bucknell is outscoring opponents by eight points per game, 68.9-60.9. From the field they shoot 46.3 percent and hold opponents to 39.4 percent shooting. Behind the arc the Bison shoot 39.5 percent and opponents 34.3 At the charity stripe Bucknell shoots 77.2 percent. On the glass they are plus 6.7 per game, 35-5-28.8.
WOLF PACK EARNS NINTH POSTSEASON BID IN 10 YEARS - The 2012 National Invitation Tournament is the ninth postseason tournament in the last 10 years for the Wolf Pack. Nevada played in eight consecutive postseason tournaments from 2003-2010 before missing out in 2011. The Wolf Pack's string of eight postseason appearances dates back to a 2003 NIT bid followed by four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2004-07 and a pair of College Basketball Invitational appearances in 2008 and 2009. The sixth-seeded Wolf Pack opened the 2010 NIT with a 74-70 victory at third-seeded Wichita State on March 17, delivering the Shockers' first home loss of the year, before falling at second-seeded Rhode Island 85-83 on March 22. The win over Wichita State marked Nevada's first postseason victory since opening the 2007 NCAA Tournament with an overtime win over Creighton.
FIFTH NIT FOR THE PACK - The 2012 NIT is the fifth appearance for the Wolf Pack in the tournament. Nevada is 4-4 in NIT play after its first round 68-59 victory at Oral Roberts on Wednesday.
The Wolf Pack last played in the NIT in 2010 going 1-1. The Pack won at Wichita State 74-70 before falling 85-83 at Rhode Island. The win at WSU also ended the Shockers perfect home season as did the victory at ORU. Nevada's win at ORU snapped a 23-game home court win streak for the Golden Eagles dating back to last season.
Nevada is 4-1 in opening round NIT games which have all been road contests. The Pack is 0-2 at home and 0-3 in second round contests.
BURTON NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Sophomore point guard Deonte Burton followed his 2011 WAC Freshman of the Year honor by becoming the fourth player at Nevada to earn postseason WAC Player of the Year honors. Burton averaged 17.3 points and 4.1 assists in WAC play this season.
Burton joins Kirk Synder (2004), Nick Fazekas (2005, 2006, 2007) and Luke Babbitt (2010) as Wolf Pack players who earned the WAC postseason honor. Fazekas and Babbitt were also sophomores in 2005 and 2010 when they were named WAC Player of the Year.
Burton was selected as the 2012 preseason WAC Player of the Year and it is the fourth time a Nevada player received both honors in the same season. Snyder, Fazekas (twice) and Babbitt all earned preseason and postseason WAC Player of the Year honors.
A Nevada player has been named the season ending WAC Player of the Year in six of the last nine seasons with Fazekas grabbing the honor three consecutive seasons from 2004-2007.
Babbitt is currently on the roster of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. Snyder was first round pick of the Utah Jazz and Fazekas was chosen in the second round by the Dallas Mavericks. Both played for several teams in the NBA.
Burton was the fourth Pack player to earn WAC Freshman of the Year honors last year when he averaged 13.7 points and 3.5 assists per game. Ramon Sessions (2005), Armond Johnson (2008) and Babbitt (2009) were the previous Nevada players named WAC Freshman of the Year. Sessions, a second round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks, is currently on the roster of the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson was second round pick of the Portland Trail Blazers.
CARTER NAMED DON HASKINS COACH OF THE YEAR - Third-year head coach David Carter was named the Don Haskins Coach of the Year after leading the Wolf Pack to the 2012 WAC regular season title with a 13-1 conference record. The Pack began WAC play 8-0 for the first team in school history and became the second Nevada team to go undefeated on the road in WAC play posting a 7-0 record.
Carter is the second Nevada coach to earn the WAC honor. Mark Fox received recognition three consecutive seasons from 2005-07.
He notched his 60th win after the Pack defeated San Jose State 54-44 in the first round of the WAC Tournament. After the win at Oral Roberts, Carter is 61-38 leading the Wolf Pack basketball program. In his first season the Pack went 21-13 and advanced the second round on the NIT. Last year the young squad posted a 13-19 record. The 61 wins are 10th among Pack coaches, four back of Jim Carey (1976-80) who was 65-46 in four seasons.
Carter is just the second coach at Nevada to lead the Pack to more than one 20 win season. His first team went 21-13 then a young squad posted 13-19 mark last season coupled with a 27-6 mark this gives him two 20 win seasons in three years. Mark Fox won 20 games all five years he coached the Pack from 2004-09.
ALL FIVE STARTERS EARN WAC HONORS - Nevada has started the same lineup all season and all five were recognized by the WAC coaches by earning postseason honors. The five showed why they were able to join forces to win the 2012 WAC regular season title posting a 13-1 conference record.
Point guard Deonte Burton earned the highest honor being named WAC Player of the Year and was joined on the All-WAC first team by senior forward Olek Czyz.
Senior forward Dario Hunt was a repeat selection on the All-WAC second team and was selected to the WAC Defensive unit for the third consecutive season. Junior guard Malik Story was chosen to the honorable mention squad. Sophomore guard Jerry Evans, Jr. joined Hunt on the WAC Defensive team.
LAST GAME: NEVADA WINS FIRST ROUND NIT GAME 68-59 AT ORU
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Dario Hunt had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks to lead Nevada past Oral Roberts 68-59 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.
Deonte Burton added 17 points as the Wolf Pack (27-6) advanced to a second-round matchup against Bucknell, which beat Arizona 65-54.
"It took a couple days for us to get back to our regular selves," Hunt said after Nevada failed to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. "But once we got our competitive juices flowing again we kind of forgot about it."
Hunt was 9 of 16 from the field and also had four assists.
"He had a great finish," Nevada coach David Carter said. "He's been a senior leader all year. He missed some easy ones early, but in the second half really settled down."
Hunt helped Nevada outrebound the Golden Eagles 45-29.
"He was a difference-maker," Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton said. "He blocked five shots and altered many more inside."
Burton, Olek Czyz and Malik Story each had eight points in the second half to help Nevada rally after trailing 30-29 at halftime. Czyz finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Dominique Morrison and Rod Pearson had 13 points apiece for the Golden Eagles (27-7).
"I thought we came ready to play and were prepared," Pearson said.
Oral Roberts led 50-49 before Czyz threw down a dunk with 8:03 left to ignite Nevada's decisive 8-0 run. Hunt scored twice during the spurt.
Burton sank three free throws with 2:10 left to stretch Nevada's lead to 62-55 and the Golden Eagles never got any closer.
"I am glad we finally found some rhythm in the second half," Carter said. "I thought we wore them down a little bit."
The Golden Eagles only had three field goals in the final 12 minutes.
"We just wanted to be aggressive on defense because I knew they were going to keep attacking us," Hunt said.
Nevada's first lead came when Jerry Evans Jr. opened the second half with a 3-pointer for a 32-30 advantage. Warren Niles responded with a 3-pointer for Oral Roberts and the game see-sawed before Nevada's late run.
Nevada, in the postseason for the ninth time in 10 years, snapped the Golden Eagles' 23-game home winning streak. The Golden Eagles had an NIT home game for the first time since 1982 and were looking for their first postseason win since the 1975 NIT opener.
NEVADA GETTING DEFENSIVE - Nevada leads the WAC in field goal percentage defense holding opponents to 40.9 percent shooting and in WAC play tops the league at 40.1 percent. The Wolf Pack is tied for first in scoring defense allowing 64.4 points per game and in conference play the 65.7 points per game is second. Nationally the Pack is 58th in field goal percentage defense and 101st in scoring defense.
In the WAC the Pack is fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 33.1 and fifth in conference play (33.5%). Nevada tops the WAC in blocks averaging 4.88 per game and is fourth in steals swiping 5.76 per contest. In WAC play Nevada averages 4.79 blocks to lead the conference and 5.21 steals are fourth. In the national rankings the Pack is 29th in blocks.
BYU, Idaho, Iona and Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament are the only opponents to shoot over 50 percent versus the Pack. In the first meetings with Utah State and Hawai`i both teams shot exactly 50 percent in losses to the Pack.
Nevada has held 13 opponents to 40 percent or below shooting with a season low 30 percent coming versus UC Riverside and CSU Bakersfield. The 44 points SJSU scored in the first round of the WAC Tournament is the low point total by a Nevada opponent.
NEVADA EARNS FOURTH OUTRIGHT WAC TITLE, SIXTH OVERALL - Nevada's 65-61 victory over New Mexico State on March 1, earned the Wolf Pack its fourth outright Western Athletic Conference Championship. The Pack shared the 2004 and 2008 titles giving them six in the last nine seasons. The Pack won outright titles in three consecutive years; 2005, 2006 and 2007. Head coach David Carter has been associated with all six, five as an assistant.
BALANCING ACT - Nevada has used a balanced scoring attack all season to post a 27-6 record. The Pack is the only current WAC team that has four players averaging in double figures. The Pack is led by its backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story. Burton is scoring 15 points per game and Story 14. The senior front court of Olek Czyz and Dario Hunt are averaging 13.6 and 10.6 points respectively. The Pack's fifth starter, Jerry Evans, Jr. is scoring 6.9 points per game.
At Hawai`i all five starters scored in double figures. Burton led the way with 20 points with Story close behind with 19 points. Czyz and Hunt each had 15 points while Evans scored all 13 of his points in the second half.
The five starters combine to average 60.1 of Nevada's 70.6 points per game. Of the 2,330 points scored this season 1,982 come from the Pack starters, 85.1 percent. On the year 13 times four players scored in double digits and there was the one game of five reaching double digits at Hawai`i.
HUNT FOURTH 1,000-1,000 PLAYER AT NEVADA - Senior forward Dario Hunt became the fourth play in Nevada history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds after the Pack's 54-44 victory over SJSU in the first round of the WAC Tournament. Hunt entered the game needing two rebounds and finished with eight.
Currently his 1,018 rebounds is third in school history and 14th all-time in the WAC. He is four back of Arizona State's Tony Cerkveneki (1961-63) for 13th. In the WAC his 9.8 rebounds per game is second and nationally he ranks 25th.
He is 18th in school history with 1,093 career points. Mike Gray (1977-79) is 17th with his 1,125 points.
Against New Mexico State he tied his career-high with six blocks. Hunt's 273 career blocks is fifth all-time in the WAC. Hunt is first in the WAC and is 22nd in the nation in blocked shots averaging 2.45 per game. He has 24 blocks in the last six games an average of 4.0 per game.
He broke the Nevada career blocks record in the season-opener versus Missouri State with the 193rd block in his career. He came into the season tied with Nick Fazekas (2004-07) with 192.
His 81 blocks this season is the record for a senior and is the third best single season at Nevada. He has the third, fourth, fifth and sixth best block years at Nevada.
STORY POSTSEASON HONORS CONTINUE - Junior guard Malik Story was selected to the USBWA District VIII team and NABC District 6 second-team. Story was also named to the WAC Honorable Mention team after averaging 14.6 points in conference play.
Story ranks third in the WAC and 24th nationally making 42.1 percent of his 3-pointers. Story has made 90-of-214 attempts on the season. His 2.73 made three-pointers per game is fourth in the conference and 31st in the country. Story has made a 3-pointer in 30-of-33 games this season.
Story's 166 career 3-pointers made ranks fifth at Nevada as does his 411 attempts. His 91 made this season is second to Jimmy Carroll's 96 during the 1996-97 season while the 214 attempts is tied with Carroll for tops in a season.
After a three-game stretch of going three-for-22 from behind the arc he went seven-of-13 combined in the NMSU and LA Tech games to end the regular season but missed all six attempts in the first game of the WAC Tournament. He was four-of-seven in the NMSU home game and three-of-six against Louisiana Tech in Reno. Story made 3-pointers on four consecutive trips down the floor in just 1:40 in the NMSU game. In the WAC semifinal game with LA Tech he made five-of-12 from behind the arc.
He made a career-high seven, 3-pointers in Nevada's 80-78 victory over Longwood. Story was good on seven-of-10, three-point attempts versus the Lancers and finished with 28 points on the night. The 28 points is tied with Deonte Burton and Olek Czyz for the second highest scoring game for the Pack this season.
Story is second on the team and tied for seventh in the WAC in scoring at 14 points per game.
CZYZ EARNS FIRST TEAM ALL-WAC HONORS - Senior forward Olek Czyz was named to the 2012 All-WAC first team after being named to the WAC Newcomer team last season. Czyz averaged 14.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and shot 57 percent from the field in 14 WAC games.
At Oral Roberts on Wednesday he posted his sixth double-double of the season finishing with 13 points and tied for game-high honors with 10 rebounds. Czyz averaged 14 points and 5.5 rebounds in two WAC Tournament games. He scored 10 vs. SJSU in the first game and 18 in the LA Tech contest.
Czyz led the Pack in scoring in five consecutive games until scoring nine points in the regular season finale versus LA Tech. The first four games of the stretch were game highs. He scored a career-high 28 points at Iona making nine-of-16 field goals and 10-of-13 free throws. The 10 free throws made tied his career high and the 13 attempted are a career high. It was the second time in three games he posted a career high after scoring 27 at San Jose State. Seven times on the season he has posted a game-high which is third on team.
At Fresno State he finished the night with 25 points and 11 rebounds in a career-high 49 minutes to record his fifth double-double of the season and seventh of his career. The 11 rebounds tied his career high as did the 11 field goals made.
Three of his five 20-point games on the season has come in the last nine outings. He leads the team with 26 double figure scoring games. A seven-game streak of double figure games came to end in the LA Tech home game when he totaled nine. He has scored in double figures in 10-of-11, 17-of-19 and 21-of-24 games.
At SJSU Czyz scored 15 of Nevada's final 22 points of the game. He also had 10 rebounds to post his fourth double-double of the season. At Hawai`i he just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Czyz has increased his average to 13.6 points per game which is third on the team and 11th in the WAC. His 6.5 rebounds per contest are second on the team and sixth in the conference. He ranks sixth in the WAC and 35th in national rankings making 53.6 percent of his shots.
At Louisiana Tech he scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record his third double-double of the season. Czyz grabbed an offensive rebound, scored the basket, was fouled and made the free throw with 37 seconds to play against the Bulldogs to put the Pack up 65-62 as they went on to win 65-63.
Czyz posted back-to-back double-doubles at home with 24 points and 11 rebounds against Hawai`i then had 16 points and 10 rebounds versus Nebraska Omaha.
Three times he has tied teammates for team-high honors in scoring with 11 vs. BYU, 15 vs. UC Riverside and 15 vs. Portland.
EVANS DEADLY NIGHT FROM THREE - Sophomore guard Jerry Evans, Jr. had his best offensive night for the Wolf Pack in Nevada's 81-57 victory over San Jose State on Jan. 12, 2012. Evan's scored a career and game-high 19 points making six-of-seven shots from the field. He made his first six shots of the game which included five in a row from behind the three-point line. His only miss was a three-pointer with 4:08 to play. At the free throw line he made two of his three attempts. The 6-8 guard also grabbed seven rebounds which tied for game-high honors.
On the season he is averaging 6.9 points and 4.7 rebounds. He is 15th in the WAC in rebounding at 4.9 per game and is 13th in blocks averaging .55 per game. In WAC play his 46.9 percent shooting from behind the arc is second.
BURTON ON POINT(S) - Sophomore point guard Deonte Burton has put up some impressive numbers in his second season in the Silver & Blue averaging a team-high 15 points per game which is fifth in the WAC. In WAC play his 17.3 points per game is third in the conference. All the numbers that helped him earn WAC Player of the Year honors and was also named to the NABC District 6 team.
At Oral Roberts he scored 17 points, making four-of-10 field goals and all eight free throw attempts. He also dished out five assists and tied his career-high with eight rebounds.
In the opening round of the WAC Tournament he scored 15 of his team-high 16 points in the second half to help the Pack rally from a nine-point deficit to advance to the semifinals with a 54-44 victory over SJSU. In the semifinal game he was two-of-10 and totaled five points in the loss to LA Tech.
Burton seems to come alive in the second half scoring the majority of his points after the break. On the season 305 of Burton's 494 points have come after halftime, 61.7 percent an average of 9.2 per game.
In the latest NCAA rankings he was 43rd nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio and is currently fourth in the conference at 2.22.
In 20 of the last 26 games he has scored in double figures.
At home against LA Tech he scored 20 points making seven-of-12 field goals and all five free throws. It was the 10th time he scored 20 or more points in game this season.
His 22 double figure scoring games are third on the squad. Against Washington he recorded his first career 30-point game finishing with 31.
Seven of his 20-point games has come on the road. In 12 true road games he is averaging 20 points, three rebounds and 3.8 assists with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3. From the field he is shooting 45.9 percent and 44.6 percent from behind the 3-point arc. His high output on the road was 28 at UNLV and Arizona State with the low being six at SJSU but did have eight assists and no turnovers against the Spartans.
His most recent heroics came with the Pack trailing Utah State 52-50, he made a 3-pointer falling down with 11.8 seconds to play to give Nevada the lead as they held on for the 53-52 victory. He finished with 13 points, all in the second half as Nevada won its school record tying 16th consecutive game.
In the 77-74 home victory over Hawai`i he scored 25 points, 20 in the second half to help the Pack rally from a seven-point deficit. With Nevada trailing 70-66 with 4:09 to play he scored nine consecutive points to put the Pack up 75-71. His only 3-pointer of the game broke a 70-70 tie and the Pack did not trail the rest of the game. In total he scored nine of Nevada's final 11 points of the game.
In the Pack's first two WAC road wins he scored game highs with 26 points at Idaho and followed that with 25 at Utah State. He also averaged 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals with an assist-to-turnover-ratio of 3.7. From the field he shot 59.4 (19-of-32) percent and from behind the arc 46.7 (7-of-15). For his play he earned WAC Player of the Week honors for the third time this season.
For the first time in his career Burton played the entire game logging 40 minutes at Utah State. The 10 field goals and 19 field goal attempts at USU were also career bests.
He had an outstanding three game stretch posting game-highs with 31 points versus Washington (12/2), 28 at Arizona State (12/7) and 21 at Montana (12/10) in three wins. He followed that with 10 in the UC Riverside (12/17) game but after battling foul trouble tied his career low with two points against Portland (12/22). Burton had 13 points versus Cedarville then produced the back-to-back 20-point games in the two WAC road victories at Idaho and Utah State.
The majority of Burton's points came after halftime in the four consecutive double figure games when he scored 66 of his 90 points, 73 percent. After the break he shot 67 (18-of-27) percent, 83 (10-of-12) percent from behind the 3-point line and 87 (20-of-23) percent at the free throw line.
At Montana, Burton made five-of-12 field goals, three-of-six 3-pointers and eight-of-nine free throws. He also had five rebounds, five assists, blocked a shot and for the second game in a row did not have a turnover. He scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half.
At ASU he made six-of-11 field goals, three-of-five, 3-pointers and 13-of-15 free throws. The 13 free throws made and 15 attempted are career highs. He scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half.
In the Washington game Burton scored 19-of-22 points at one stretch of the game from 5:54 to play in the second half with his final point coming at the free throw line with 1 minute to play in overtime. He scored 19 of Nevada's final 24 points in the game.
With 4.3 seconds to play he nailed a 3-pointer to tie the score at 66 and send the game into overtime. In overtime he scored the Pack's first eight points and his assist on a Kevin Panzer basket closed out the scoring for Nevada. With 1:41 to play in overtime his fourth, 3-pointer of the game put the Pack on top to stay 72-70. He made both of his free throw attempts with 1 minute to play to close out his scoring. Of his 31 points, 22 came after halftime.
Burton's first 20-point game of the season came at UNLV when he scored a then career-high 28 points versus the Rebels. He scored 20 of Nevada's 29 first half points at UNLV.
HUNT RECORDS FIVE CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-DOUBLES, 15 ON THE SEASON - Senior forward Dario Hunt had a streak of five consecutive double-doubles come to an end on March 1 versus New Mexico State when he scored 10 points but grabbed just five rebounds. However Hunt did tie his career high with six blocks versus the Aggies.
Double-double number 15 came at Oral Roberts on Wednesday he scored a game-high 18 points and tied Olek Czyz for game-high honors with 10 rebounds. The 15 double-doubles is second in the WAC. The 15 double-doubles is 19th most in the country and all have come in the last 25 games.
Hunt's fifth double-double in the streak was at Fresno State when he finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds in the 79-76 triple overtime victory. The 20 points is a season high. He had another stretch of four in a row earlier this season.
In the last 25 games Hunt is averaging a double-double scoring 11.5 points and grabbing 10.4 rebounds per game. Over the same 25-game stretch he is shooting 53 (115-of-217) percent from the field.
On the season Hunt has 19 double figure rebounding games and 36 in his career. He has grabbed a game high in rebounds 22 times and led the team in rebound a team-high 25 times. In his career Hunt has led the Pack in rebounding 62 times.
Hunt made his 100th career start versus Washington (12/2) and now has 125 in the Silver & Blue. The 6-8 forward, has started 125-of-133 games played in his career. He has started the last 69 games and 102 of the last 103.
PACK NO LONGER RECEIVING VOTES - After falling in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament Nevada is no longer receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. The Wolf Pack had received votes the previous nine polls. In consecutive weeks the Pack received one vote, three votes, 12 votes, 18 votes, nine votes, a season-high 21 votes , one vote in each of the next two weeks and three votes in the March 5 poll. Nevada got six votes in the Jan. 30 AP Top 25 but after a loss did not receive votes the last three weeks. The last Pack squad to receive votes was the 2006-07 team, which was also the last Nevada team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
NEVADA WINS 20 GAMES FOR THE EIGHTH TIME IN NINE YEARS - Nevada won its 20th game of the season after defeating Hawai`i 88-79 on Feb. 11. It is the 13th time a Wolf Pack men's basketball team has won 20 games in a season. The Pack has posted 20 win seasons in eight of the last nine years. The current 27 victories is tied for the third most wins in school history with the 2005-06 squad that went 27-6. The 1945-46 squad was 28-5 and the 2006-07 team won a school record 29 games ending the year 29-5.
Third-year head coach David Carter has led the Pack to a pair of 20 win seasons making him just the second coach at Nevada to have more than one 20 win season leading the Wolf Pack. Mark Fox (2004-09) won 20 or more games all five years he coached the Pack. Carter's first team went 21-13 and the 27 wins this year are the most by Pack team he has coached.
27 WINS MORE THANK DOUBLE LAST YEAR'S TOTAL - Nevada's 27 wins this season is more than double last year's total of 13 when the Pack posted a 13-19 record. Last year the Wolf Pack's 13th and final victory came on March 9, 2011 when Nevada defeated Fresno State 90-80 in the first round of the WAC tournament.
In addition to improving the overall record the Pack has surpassed its win total away from Reno. This year Nevada is 12-4 away from Lawlor Events Center, 10-2 in true road contests and 2-2 in neutral site games.
Last season Nevada was 3-10 in away games and 1-4 at neutral sites for a combined 4-14 record outside of Lawlor Events Center. Nevada was 0-10 away from Reno until a 69-67 victory at Boise State on Jan 15, 2011.
NEVADA'S 13-1 RECORD EQUALS BEST WAC START, PACK GO 7-0 ON THE ROAD - Nevada's 13-1 record in WAC play this season equals the 2006-07 team for the best record in 14 WAC games in school history since joining the conference for the 2000-2001 season. The 2006-07 team went 29-5 overall and won the WAC title with a 14-2 mark when the league was comprised of nine teams compared to eight this season. The 2006-07 team was 13-1 before suffering a second WAC loss. The Pack's 8-0 start this season is the first time a Nevada team won its first eight games in the WAC. The perfect 7-0 road record equals the 2004-05 team that also posted perfect WAC road record going 9-0. The 2004-05 Nevada squad was the last WAC team to post a perfect road record until the 2011-12 team accomplished the feat.
PACK TURNAROUND IN CLOSE GAMES - Another of the turnarounds for the 2011-12 squad from last season is success in close games. Nevada is 18-4 in games decided by 10 points or less this season. The Pack is 8-2 in games decided by five points or less.
Last season the Pack went 6-12 in games decided by 10 points or less. Nevada was 4-10 in games decided by six points or less last season.
THREE-POINT RECORD SETTING EXPLOSION - Eight different Nevada players contributed to a record breaking night as the Wolf Pack set single game school records with 16 made three-pointers and 32 attempted, a 50 percent shooting clip against San Jose State on Jan. 12, 2012. The old record of 15 came versus Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 11, 1999. The previous record for attempts was 29 that occurred three times with the last being on Dec. 20, 2010 versus Portland State.
Jerry Evans, Jr. led the way with his career-high five, three-pointers on six attempts. Deonte Burton made three in his seven shots from behind the arc with Malik Story connecting on three-of-nine. The five players with one, three-pointer each were; Brice Crook (1-for-1), Keith Feutsch (1-for-2), Jordan Finn (1-for-2), Jordan Burris (1-for-3) and Kevin Panzer (1-for-2).
2011-12 TEAM TIES SCHOOL RECORD 16-GAME WIN STREAK - The 2011-12 Nevada squad won 16 consecutive games to tie the 1965-66 team for the longest win streak in school history. The streak came to an end when the Wolf Pack fell 72-68 at home to Idaho on Feb. 4.
The streak was the second longest in country when it ended to then undefeated Murray State and is tied for the sixth longest this season. The Wolf Pack's 12-game home court win streak also ended and it was tied for 19th longest in the nation at that time.
The 1965-66 squad went on to post a 21-6 record for head coach Jack Spencer.
The 25-5 start is the best since the 2006-07 squad began the year 27-3 on the way to a 29-5 record. Nevada has won 25-of-28 after starting the season 0-2.