Nov. 21, 2012
Nevada at Marshall: After going 3-0 to win the World Vision Classic at home Nevada (3-1)travels to Huntington, W. Va. to play at Marshall (2-3) on Saturday at 4 p.m. PT. The Wolf Pack has won its last three games after dropping the season opener at UC Irvine. The Thundering Herd are 2-3 after posting a 1-3 record in the 2K Sports Classic.
Saturday, 4:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(3-1, 0-0 MW)
Marshall Thundering Herd
(2-3, 0-0 C-USA)
Cam Henderson Center (9,048)
Huntington, W. Va.
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 3:30 p.m. PT
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
WEB STREAMING: http://www.herdzone.com/allaccess/?media=344420 (fee service)
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads the series 2-1. The Pack lost the first meeting at Marshall on Jan. 3, 1987, 86-84 then defeated the Thundering Herd in Reno, 77-76 the next year on Jan. 2, 1988. In the last meeting played at Lawlor Events Center the Pack won 92-83 on Jan. 3, 1996.
UP NEXT: Nevada returns home to host UC Davis on Nov. 28 and Drake on Nov. 30. The Drake game is part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. Both games get underway at 7 p.m. PT.
Marshall Thundering Herd: Marshall is 2-3 after consecutive losses in the 2K Sports Classic. The Herd lost a one-point contest to South Dakota State (78-77) and a double overtime contest at Hofstra (103-100).
Head coach Tom Herrion is in his third season at Marshall and led the Herd to C-USA Tournament title game last season and a berth in the NIT. In his two seasons the team has gone 20-12 and 21-14.
The Herd boast a balanced attack with four players averaging double figures. Junior guard DeAndre Kane (6-4) was named C-USA Player of the Week after averaging 22.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and nine assists per game. In the loss to Hofstra he recorded the fourth triple-double in school history with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists playing all 50 minutes in the loss. On the season he is averaging 18 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game.
Forward Elijah Pittman (6-9) averages 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Guard D.D. Scarver (6-4) scores 13.4 points per game and forward Dennis Tinnon (6-8) contributes 10.4 points per outing.
The Herd averages 81.2 points per game and allows 73.2. On the backboards they are outrebounding opponents 41.6-35.2. From the field they shoot 47.1 percent and hold opponents to 40.3 percent. From behind the arc they shoot 34.8 percent and opponents 37. At the charity stripe Marshall has connected on 62.9 (73-of-116) percent of their attempts and opponents 65.4 (100-of-153) percent.
Back-to-back 1,000 Point Games: Junior point guard Deonte Burton scored his 1,000 career point on Saturday against Green Bay and less than 24 hours later senior shooting guard Malik Story joined the club scoring his 1,000 point on Sunday versus Southern Utah. The duo became the 23rd and 24th players in school history reach the 1,000 point mark.
Ironically after 71 games starting in the backcourt together they each have 1,014 points tying them for 23rd on the Pack's scoring list. They each have career scoring averages of 14.3 points per game.
Burton scored his 1,000 point in stylish fashion hitting a game winning three-pointer with two seconds remaining to give the Pack the 71-69 victory over Green Bay. Story's 1,000 point came at the free throw line with 12:20 to play in the Southern Utah contest.
The newest members of the Pack's 1,000 point club will be trying to catch Farron Hand (1994-97) for 22nd on the Nevada scoring list. Hand totaled 1,034 points in 64 games played in the Silver & Blue.
Changing Leagues: After 12 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference Nevada will compete in the Mountain West for the first time this season. The MW sent four teams to the NCAA Tournament last season and had six schools advance to postseason play.
In the preseason MW media poll Nevada was picked to finish fifth. San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico and Colorado State placed ahead of the Wolf Pack.
The Pack left the WAC in style winning its sixth regular season title in 12 years in the league. Nevada was 13-1 in WAC play last season.
Newcomers Making An Impact: All three of Nevada's newcomers have been productive in the first four games of the season. Freshman forward Cole Huff tops the team in rebounding at 6.3 per game and is third in scoring at 9.8 points per contest. Huff has two double figure scoring games of 11 versus Cal State Fullerton and Southern Utah. He grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in his outing against CSF. He is playing 20.3 minutes per game
Coleman is scoring 4.8 points in 12 minutes per game. He reached double figures for the first time against Green Bay scoring 11 points in 13 minutes on the floor.
The 6-9, 250-pound Fall is scoring 3.0 points and grabbing 2.8 rebounds per game in 12.5 minutes per contest. Against Southern Utah he scored in double figures for the first time finishing with 10 points and had five rebounds.
Bench Scoring: Nevada's bench is averaging 24.5 points per game and has outscored its opponent in every game other than the season opener at UC Irvine. Leading the way off the bench is freshman forward Cole Huff whose 9.8 points per game is third on the team. Jordan Burris 6.3, Marqueze Coleman 4.8 and Ali Fall 3.0 have all been productive off the Pack bench in the early season. A year ago the Pack averaged 10.6 points per game during the entire season.
Best Start Under Carter: Nevada's 3-1 record after four games is the best four-game start for a Wolf Pack team coached by head coach David Carter. The previous best start was 2-2 in his first and third seasons.
Carter's is 65-40 in his fourth season leading the program. The 65 wins is tied with Jim Carey (1976-80) for the ninth most wins by a Pack head coach in school history. Carey was 65-46 in his four season directing the Wolf Pack. Trent Johnson (1999-04) is eighth with his 79-74 mark. Carter was Johnson's assistant all five seasons that he led the Pack basketball program.
100 Years Of Wolf Pack Basketball: The 2012-13 season is the 100th year of basketball at the University of Nevada. The Wolf Pack's first year of basketball was in 1913 when the team went 3-1 under coach C.E. Holway.
In 100 years there has been 17 coaches that led the Wolf Pack basketball program and three coached just one season. Nevada's overall record stands at 1213-1091.
Burton Named MW Co-Player of the Week: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Nevada junior guard Deonte Burton and New Mexico junior guard Tony Snell have been named Mountain West Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week for games through November 18. This is the first MW career weekly accolade for both Burton and Snell.
Burton guided Nevada to a 3-0 record and the championship of the World Vision Classic last week. On Friday, the Los Angeles, Calif., product scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half, including the final five of the game, to lead the Wolf Pack in an 80-77 comeback victory over Cal State Fullerton. With Nevada trailing, 77-75, and 33 seconds left to play, Burton converted a layup and three free throws while also blocking a potential go-ahead basket to seal the win. He also tallied a game-high 19 points against Green Bay on Saturday, capped off by another game-winning basket. After the Phoenix went up, 69-68, with 11 seconds left to play, Burton took the inbounds pass and hit a deep 3-pointer with two seconds on the clock for the 71-69 victory. Burton closed out the week with 14 points in a 79-61 triumph over Southern Utah. His 3-pointer and two free throws during a two-possession span midway through the second half brought the Wolf Pack back from a three-point deficit (49-46) and gave them a lead they would not relinquish. For the week, Burton averaged 17.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game.
Nevada Wins World Vision Classic: Nevada went 3-0 to win the four-team World Vision Classic play at home in the Lawlor Events Center. The Wolf Pack defeated Cal State Fullerton 80-77, Green Bay 71-69 and Southern Utah 79-61 to claim the title.
Story From Long Distance: In just two seasons senior sharpshooting guard Malik Story has put his name in the Wolf Pack record books. Story ranks in three career categories and his name appears on two season lists.
His 176 career three-pointers made is fourth in school history. Jerry Hogan (1990-94) is third with 185 made.
In 71 games he has attempted 442 shots from behind the arc which is fifth most at Nevada. Brandon Fields (2006-10) is fourth with 448. Story has been successful on 39.8 (176-of-442) percent of his three-point attempts to rank ninth.
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. As a sophomore he made 76 three-pointers which is the fourth best season in Pack history. The 94 three-pointers made are second most in Pack history behind Carroll's 96.
Panzer and Elliott Post Career Highs: Junior forwards Kevin Panzer and Devonte Elliott posted career highs in the World Vision Classic. The two frontcourt players have started all four games this season taking over for departed seniors Dario Hunt and Olek Czyz.
Friday against Cal State Fullerton, Panzer scored a career-high18 points and grabbed four rebounds. The 6-9 forward made six-of-10 shots from the field which included two-of-three from behind the arc. He was also solid at the free throw line making four of his five attempts. On the season he is averaging 7.3 points to rank fourth on the team and his 4.5 rebounds per game is second.
One night later in the Green Bay game Elliott scored a career-best 10 points and tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds. He played a career-high 30 minutes versus the Phoenix. It was the first double-figure scoring game of his career. From the field he made five of his seven shots. After four games his 6.3 points per game is tied for sixth on the team and 3.5 rebounds ranks third.