Dec. 12, 2013
Wolf Pack begins three-game homestand versus Omaha Saturday: After playing four games away from Reno the Wolf Pack begins a three-game homestand versus Omaha (7-3) on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. Nevada went 1-3 on the four-game road swing. The Mavericks come two Lawlor Events Center having won four in a row and are 7-3 on the season.
Saturday, 3:05 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
FREE VIDEO STREAM: NevadaWolfPack.tv
FREE AUDIO: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/nevada.portal
RADIO: University of Nevada Radio Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KPLY 630
AM Reno; KUUB 94.3 FM Carson City; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and
KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)
Ryan Radtke (play-by-play); Len Stevens (analyst); pregame 30 minutes prior to tip-off
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada won the only meeting downing the Mavericks 81-69 on Jan. 17, 2012.
UP NEXT: Nevada continues its three-game homestand hosting Iona on Dec. 22 followed by Long Beach State on Dec. 28.
Series: Nevada leads 1-0
Last meeting: Nevada won the only meeting downing the Mavericks 81-69 on Jan. 17, 2012.
Coach: Derrin Hansen (Nebraska Wesleyan, 1991)
at Omaha: 139-109 (Ninth season)
Double figure scorers: G-CJ Carter, 6-1 (15.3 ppg), G-Devin Patterson, 5-11 (12.1 ppg), C-John Karhoff, 6-8 (11.8 ppg), G-Tyus Marcus, 6-1 (10.6 ppg)
Leading rebounders: F-Matt Hagerbaumer, 6-7 (5.7 rpg), F-Mike Rostampour, 6-8 (5.7 rpg)
Assist leader: G-Devin Patterson, 5-11 (3.6 apg), G-CJ Carter, 6-1 (3.5 apg)
PHOTOS WITH SANTA: Fans wishing to have their photos taken with Santa will get that opportunity at the Dec. 14 and 22 men's basketball games. Bring your own camera and get your photo taken with Santa from the time the doors open until the start of the second half. Cameras with detachable lenses are not be allowed.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
- Nevada has lost four of its last five games.
- The Wolf Pack grabbed a season-high 42 rebounds at UC Davis and the plus 18 rebound margin is a season best. The Pack outrebounded Cal 34-23 the next game. The plus 11 rebound margin is the second best of the season.
- Nevada is 3-4 away from Reno this season, 3-2 in away games and 0-2 on neutral courts. Last year the Pack won just two games away from Reno. They were 2-11 in 13 true road games and 2-12 away from Lawlor Events Center.
- Nevada just went 1-3 in a four-game road swing.
- Nevada was picked to finish ninth in the 11-team Mountain West.
- Four games this season have been decided by two points with the Pack going 3-1 in those contests. The Pack is 1-0 in overtime after defeating UC Davis 87-81 on Dec. 7.
- Deonte Burton was named to the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational all-tournament squad after averaging 21.8 points, three rebounds and three assists in the four games.
- Burton's 23.2 points per game leads the MW and ranked eighth nationally.
- Burton's 1,691 points ranks fifth in school history and Alex Boyd (1967-70) is 40 points ahead of him with 1,731 points. He has started all 108 games of his career and after five assists at Cal has 404 in his career.
- Burton has scored 20 or more points in all but two games vs. Morehead State and at UC Davis. He had 19 points in those two games. Six times he posted game highs; 23 vs. Pacific, 22 at Cal Poly, 24 at CSU Bakersfield, 28 vs. Chattanooga, 19 vs. Morehead State and 26 at Cal.
- Jerry Evans, Jr. scored a career-high 25 points at UC Davis reaching the 20-point mark for the second time in his career. The first occurrence was 20 points vs. #19 UCLA earlier this season. He totaled 18 points at Cal on Tuesday. Seven times he has scored in double figures this season.
- In the last four games Evans is averaging 17.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. From the field he is shooting 54.3 percent and has made 8-of-16 three pointers.
- Burton has the led team in scoring in eight games and tied Jerry Evans, Jr. for the honor vs. UCLA as both scored 20 points. Evans' 25-point game at UCD is the only time Burton did not top the team in scoring or share the honor.
- Burton tied his career-high with 31 points at USF. Burton's 20 field attempted was a career best while the 11 made field goals and four 3-pointers made tied his career highs.
- Evans tops the team averaging six rebounds per game and has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high five times. He has played in 104 games and started 85.
- Ronnie Stevens, Jr. scored 13 points and had nine rebounds at UC Davis which are both season highs. The nine rebounds was a game high. He has started the last three games replacing Ali Fall in the lineup.
- Sophomore Marqueze Coleman scored a career-high 15 points vs. Missouri and had 11 the night before against #19 UCLA.
- Junior guard Michael Perez tied his season-high with 18 points at Cal. He also scored 18 points vs. #19 UCLA. Perez has made a three-pointer in every game this season. Six times this season he has scored in double figures.
- Perez led the team in rebounding for the second time with eight at Cal. He had seven at UC Davis in the previous game.
- Senior forward Ali Fall grabbed a career-high six rebounds against Morehead State. Fall sprained his ankle and has not played in the last two games. He is day-to-day.
- Sophomore Cole Huff posted back-to-back career highs with 14 points at Cal Poly and 15 at San Francisco. He followed those two games with 12 at CSU Bakersfield marking the first time he scored in double figures in three consecutive games at Nevada. Last season he reached double figures three times in 30 games. Against Chattanooga the streak was snapped as he totaled seven. Huff failed to score for the first time this season in the UCLA game.
- Five times this season four Nevada players scored in double figures in a game. In the Pacific game; Burton (23), Evans, Jr. (13), Coleman (12) and Perez (11). At USF Burton (31), Huff (15), Perez (15) and Evans, Jr. (11). In the win over Chattanooga; Burton (28), Perez (12), Evans, Jr. (11) and Coleman (10). In Las Vegas versus #19 UCLA; Burton (20), Evans, Jr. (20), Perez (18) and Coleman (11). At UC Davis; Evans, Jr. (25), Burton (19), Huff (13) and Stevens, Jr. (13).
- Head coach David Carter is 78-64 in his fifth season leading the Wolf Pack. Carter is one win back of his mentor Trent Johnson's (1999-04) 79 wins for eighth most in school history.
- Burton was named the MW preseason media team for the second year in a row.
- Burton earned an invitation to tryout for Team USA last summer.
EVANS STEPPING UP: Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is stepping up his game in his final season. Evans has played in 104 games during his career and made 85 starts. Always asked to be slow down the opponents top scorer or rebound, he has increased his offensive game this season averaging 13.4 points per game to rank second on the team.
In eight-of-10 games Evans has scored in double figures and twice reached the 20-point mark for the first time in his career. Versus #19 UCLA in Las Vegas he scored 20 points for the first time and posted a career-high 25 at Cal. The 20 points tied Deonte Burton for team-high honors and the 25 led the team.
In the Pack's last game at UC Davis he totaled 18 points. In the last four games he is averaging 17.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and shooting 54.3 percent from the field. In those four contests he has made 8-of-16 three-pointers and 13-of-16 free throws.
10 YEARS AFTER SWEET 16: The 2013-14 season marks the 10th anniversary of the only University of Nevada men's basketball team to advance to the Sweet 16. The 2003-04 squad captured the Western Athletic Conference tournament title and entered the NCAA Championship with a 23-8 record.
Playing in Seattle, the 10th seeded Wolf Pack rallied from a 16-point first half deficit to defeat the seventh-seeded Michigan State Spartans 72-66. In the second round Nevada dominated second-seeded Gonzaga winning 91-72 to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
At the regional in St. Louis the Pack lost a close 72-67 game to Georgia Tech in the RCA Dome. The Pack finished the year 25-9.
Kirk Snyder was named WAC Player of the Year after averaging 18.8 points per game. Nick Fazekas (12.6 ppg) and Todd Okeson (11. 2 ppg) also averaged double figures.
ITALY TOUR: The Nevada men's basketball team took a 10-day trip to Italy in August and won all four games played. The Wolf Pack made stops in Milan, Lake Como, Venice, Florence and Rome. Highlights of the trip included Michelangelo's David, the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican.
BURTON IN THE PACK RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Deonte Burton made his 108th career start at Cal, every game since stepping on campus. Burton is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
After his 26 points at Cal he has scored 1,691 points to rank fifth at Nevada. Alex Boyd (1967-70) is 40 points ahead of Burton in fourth with 1,731 points.
Burton's 405 assists ranks seventh, 32 back of Darryl Owens (1986-89) for sixth who has 437. His 136 steals is four behind Ethan O'Bryant's (1992-94) 140 for sixth.
His 158 three-points made is sixth with Jimmy Carroll (1996-98) fifth with 170. In 108 games he has attempted 449 three-pointers to rank fifth. Jerry Hogan (1990-94) is fourth with 466 attempted.
In his career Burton has made 517 free throws which is second to Nick Fazekas' (2004-07) 546. In the Missouri game Burton moved past Fazekas and now has attempted a school record 687 free throws.
CARTER CHASING MENTOR: Fifth-year head coach David Carter is 78-64 since being named the head coach at the University of Nevada. Carter's 78 wins ranks ninth in school history and is one back of his mentor Trent Johnson (1999-04). Johnson posted a record of 79-74 in his five seasons leading the Pack and brought Carter to Nevada as an assistant.