Nevada plays at Stanford on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
March 20, 2012
#5 NEVADA at #3 Stanford
Nevada (28-6) will play at Stanford (23-11) on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in a quarterfinal National Invitation Tournament game with the winner advancing to the semifinals in Madison Square Garden. The Wolf Pack defeated Oral Roberts and Bucknell to reach the quarterfinals while the Cardinal knocked off Cleveland State and Illinois State. Nevada and Stanford last played on Dec. 16, 1999 at Maples Pavilion with the second ranked Cardinal winning 68-39.
Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. PT
#5 NEVADA WOLF PACK
(28-6, 13-1 WAC)
#3 Stanford Cardinal
(23-11, 10-8 Pac-12)
Maples Pavilion (7,329)
RADIO: University of Nevada Sports Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KPLY 630 AM 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 5:30 p.m.
TELEVISION: ESPN2 - Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Stephen Bardo (analyst)
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
WEB STREAMING: ESPN3.com
SERIES HISTORY: Stanford leads the series 20-9. The Cardinal has won the last five meetings and the last game 68-39 on Dec. 16, 1999 at home.
UP NEXT: With a victory on Wednesday Nevada advance to New York's Madison Square Garden and would play the winner of Tuesday's game between UMass and Drexel.
ABOUT THE STANFORD CARDINAL - The Stanford Cardinal are 23-11 after defeating Illinois State in overtime 92-88 on Monday night at Maples Pavilion to improve to 16-3 at home. Stanford went 10-8 in the Pacific 12 Conference for fourth year head coach Johnny Dawkins. Dawkins is 72-59 directing the Cardinal basketball program.
Freshman guard Chasson Randle (6-1) tops the Cardinal in scoring at 13.8 points per game and averages 3.2 rebounds. Randle scored 19 points in Monday's victory over Illinois State. Senior forward Josh Owens (6-8) averages 11.6 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Aaron Bright (5-11) came off the bench and scored a game-high 29 points on Monday. Bright made six-of-seven, 3-pointers in the second round victory over the Redbirds. On the season he averages 11.6 points per game and shoots 42.6 percent from behind the arc.
Stanford is outscoring opponents by 7.6 points per game, 71.3-63.7. From the field they shoot 44.3 percent and hold opponents to 41.8 percent shooting. Behind the arc the Cardinal shoot 37.5 percent and opponents 34.3 At the charity stripe Stanford is making 66 percent of its opportunities. On the glass they are plus 4.4 per game, 36.7-32.3
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 5-4 in NIT play after earning a first round victory at Oral Roberts 68-59 and a second round win at home 75-67 over Bucknell.
The victory over Bucknell was the first home and second round victory in the NIT for the Wolf Pack. The game at Stanford is the first quarterfinal game for the Pack.
The 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 now 1-2 at home and 1-3 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, a first round NBA selection, is currently on the roster of the 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 over Bucknell, Carter is 62-38 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 62 wins are 10th among Pack coaches, three 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 28-6 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 ADVANCES WITH 75-67 VICTORY OVER BUCKNELL
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Olek Czyz scored 24 points, Malik Story had 18, and Nevada beat Bucknell 75-67 in the second round of the NIT on Sunday.
Nevada (28-6) went on a 10-1 run to lead 42-29 at halftime.
Bucknell (25-10) cut the deficit to three points with 44.6 seconds left after Mike Muscala's two free throws, but the Bison couldn't get any closer.
Muscala led Bucknell with 25 points while Cameron Ayers scored 21.
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 second in scoring defense allowing 64.5 points per game and in conference play the 65.7 points per game is also second. Nationally the Pack is 56th in field goal percentage defense and 101st in scoring defense.
The Pack has held both NIT opponents to 40 percent shooting.
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 4.79 per game and is fourth in steals swiping 5.71 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 34th 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 14 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 28-6 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 14.8 points per game and Story 14.1. The senior front court of Olek Czyz and Dario Hunt are averaging 13.9 and 10.5 points respectively. The Pack's fifth starter, Jerry Evans, Jr. is scoring 6.8 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 60.2 of Nevada's 70.7 points per game. Of the 2,405 points scored this season 2,046 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 1,028 rebounds is third in school history and 13th all-time in the WAC. He is four back of New Mexico's Kenny Thomas (1996-99) for 12th. In the WAC his 9.8 rebounds per game is second and nationally he ranks 25th.
He is 18th in school history with 1,101 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 25th in the nation in blocked shots averaging 2.38 per game. He has 24 blocks in the last seven games, an average of 3.4 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.
MOST IMPROVED - Nevada's 2011-12 men's basketball team is the most improved team from the 2010-11 season in NCAA I. The Pack went 13-19 last season but are 28-6 this year.
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.
In two NIT games he is average 13 points per game. He scored eight points at Oral Roberts then totaled 18 in the victory over Bucknell.
Story ranks third in the WAC and 22nd nationally making 41.9 percent of his 3-pointers. Story has made 91-of-217 attempts on the season. His 2.68 made three-pointers per game is fourth in the conference and 39th in the country. Story has made a 3-pointer in 31-of-34 games this season.
Story's 167 career 3-pointers made ranks fifth at Nevada as does his 414 attempts. His 92 made this season is second to Jimmy Carroll's 96 during the 1996-97 season while the 217 attempts is first.
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 14.1 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.
Czyz has increased his average to 13.9 points per game which is third on the team and 10th in the WAC. His 6.4 rebounds per contest are second on the team and sixth in the conference. He ranks sixth in the WAC and 34th in national rankings making 54.1 percent of his shots.
In two NIT games he is averaging a team-high 18.5 points and is grabbing eight rebounds per game. From the field he is shooting 54.2 (13-of-24) percent and at the free throw line 75 (9-of-12) percent. He has also made two-of-three, 3-pointers.
In the win over Bucknell he scored a team-high 24 points and finished with eight rebounds. He connected on seven-of-10 field goals including one-of-two, 3-pointers and nine-of-11 free throws.
At Oral Roberts 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. The 11 rebounds tied his career high as did the 11 field goals made.
Four of his six 20-point games on the season has come in the last 10 outings. He leads the team with 27 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 11-of-12, 18-of-20 and 22-of-25 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.
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 6.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. He is 15th in the WAC in rebounding at 4.8 per game and is 13th in blocks averaging .53 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 14.8 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.
In two NIT contests he is averaging 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. From the field he is shooting 41.2 (7-of-17) percent which includes one-of-three from behind the arc. At the free throw line he has made all 12 of his attempts.
Against Bucknell he scored 10 points making three-of-seven field goals and all four free throw attempts. In addition he had five rebounds and four assists.
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.
Has made his last 17 free throws and 45-of-51 (88.2%) in the last nine games
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 311 of Burton's 504 points have come after halftime, 61.7 percent an average of 9.1 per game.
In the latest NCAA rankings he was 49th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio and is currently fourth in the conference at 2.18.
In 21 of the last 27 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 LEADS PACK WITH 15 DOUBLE-DOUBLES - Senior forward Dario Hunt leads the Pack with 15 double-doubles on the season coming in the last 26 games. The 15 double-doubles is second most in the WAC and 20th in the country.
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 when he scored a game-high 18 points and tied Olek Czyz for game-high honors with 10 rebounds.
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 26 games Hunt is averaging a double-double scoring 11.4 points and grabbing 10.4 rebounds per game. Over the same 26-game stretch he is shooting 52.7 (118-of-224) percent from the field.
On the season Hunt has 20 double figure rebounding games and 37 in his career. He has grabbed a game high in rebounds 22 times and led the team in rebound a team-high 26 times. In his career Hunt has led the Pack in rebounding 63 times.
Hunt made his 100th career start versus Washington (12/2) and now has 126 in the Silver & Blue. The 6-8 forward, has started 126-of-134 games played in his career. He has started the last 70 games and 103 of the last 104.
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 28 victories is tied for the second most wins in school history with the 1945-46 squad that went 28-5. 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 28 wins this year are the most by Pack team he has coached.
28 WINS MORE THANK DOUBLE LAST YEAR'S TOTAL - Nevada's 28 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 RECORD, 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 a 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 19-4 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 eighth 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.
NUMBERS DURING THE 16-GAME STREAK - During Nevada's 16-game win streak the Wolf Pack averaged 71.8 points per game and allowed 61.7, plus 10.1. The Pack scored 70 or more points 11 times which included twice scoring 81 points.
The Wolf Pack shot 47.4 percent and held opponents 40 percent during the streak. From behind the arc the Pack shot 40.5 percent and opponents 32.1. At the free throw line Nevada converted 65.7 percent of its attempts and opponents 67.8. Nevada outrebounded opponents by 1.8 per game, 34.9-33.1.
Four players averaged double figures during the stretch; Deonte Burton (16.9), Malik Story (14.8), Olek Czyz (13.3) and Dario Hunt (10.5).
PACK PERFECT IN JANUARY AND DECEMBER - Nevada was 6-0 in December and 8-0 in January. It is the only squad in school history to go undefeated in December and January. The last Wolf Pack men's basketball team to post a perfect December was the 1978-79 squad that went 8-0 on the way to a 21-7 record. The 1965-66 squad was the last team to have a perfect January going 7-0 and finished the year 21-6.