Nevada Hosts UC Davis Wednesday
Nov. 26, 2012
UC Davis at Nevada: Nevada (3-2) will host UC Davis (1-2) in the first of two home games this week. The Wolf Pack had its three-game win streak snapped falling 89-82 at Marshall on Saturday. Nevada trailed the Thundering Herd by 23 points in the second half but closed with five but were unable to get any closer. After starting the season 0-2 the Aggies defeated Sacramento State 87-76 in their last game.
Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. PT
UC Davis Aggies
(1-2, 0-0 BWC)
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(3-2, 0-0 MW)
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
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), Len Stevens (analyst); pregame 6:30 p.m. PT
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
WEB STREAMING: NevadaWolfPack.tv (fee service)
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads the series 76-24. The Wolf Pack has won the last 11 meetings. In the last meeting the Pack defeated the Aggies 78-71 on Dec. 7, 2005 in Reno.
UP NEXT: Nevada hosts Drake Friday at 7 p.m. as part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge.
Back-to-back 1,000 point games: Junior point guard Deonte Burton scored his 1,000 career point on Nov. 17 against Green Bay and less than 24 hours later senior shooting guard Malik Story joined the club, scoring his 1,000 point on Nov. 18 versus Southern Utah. The duo became the 23rd and 24th players in school history reach the 1,000 point plateau at Nevada.
In the Pack’s last game Burton scored a game-high 28 points at Marshall and Story was close behind with 25. Burton’s current 1,042 career points moved him past Faron Hand (1994-97) and Marvin Buckley (1972-74) into 21st on Nevada’ s career scoring list. Dwayne Randle (1984-86) is 20th with 1,060 and Matt Williams (1987-91) ranks 19th with 1,062.
After Story’s 25-point game he jumped over Hand and is currently tied with Buckley for 22nd with 1,039 career points.
burton mr. clutch: Nevada fans have come to expect junior guard Deonte Burton to come through down the stretch as he did his sophomore year with a game-tying three-pointer to force overtime versus Washington. A game the Pack would win 76-73 in overtime has he scored eight-of-10 points in the extra period. Another clutch three-pointer with 11 seconds on the clock at home against Utah State gave the Pack a 53-52 victory last season.
Mr. clutch has come through twice this season in front of the home faithful in the World Vision Classic. With Nevada trailing CS Fullerton 77-75 he drove the lane scored and converted the free throw after being fouled to put the Pack up 78-77 with 14 seconds to play. It was not all offensive as he blocked a potential game winning layup at the other end of the court then sealed the victory with two more free throws to give him the last five points of the game the Pack won 80-77.
He delivered the next night against Green Bay hitting a game-winning three-pointer from deep behind the arc with 2 seconds on the clock to give the Pack the 71-69 victory over the Phoenix. This coming after GB had just gone ahead 69-68 on a three-pointer. Burton’s three-pointer gave him exactly 1,000 career points 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 five games of the season. Freshman forward Cole Huff tops the team in rebounding at 6.6 per game and is third in scoring at 8.8 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 20.8 minutes per game
Coleman is scoring 4.2 points in 11 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 2.4 points and grabbing 2.8 rebounds per game in 12.4 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 21 points per game and has outscored its opponent in three-of-five games this season. Leading the way off the bench is freshman forward Cole Huff whose 8.8 points per game is third on the team. Jordan Burris 5.0, Marqueze Coleman 4.2 and Ali Fall 2.4 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. Nevada’s opponents this season are averaging 16 points per game off the bench.
3-2 record equals Best start under carter: Nevada’s 3-2 record after five games equals the best start after five games for a Wolf Pack team under the direction of head coach David Carter. The 2011-12 team also began the year 3-2. A win on Wednesday would be the best six game start for a Carter coached team.
Carter is 65-41 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 went 65-46 in his four seasons 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 1213-1092.
nevada wins world vision classic: Nevada went 3-0 to win the four-team World Vision Classic Nov. 16-18, played 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 single season lists.
Story’s 181 career three-pointers made is fourth in school history. Jerry Hogan (1990-94) is third with 185 made.
In 72 games he has attempted 452 shots from behind the arc which is fourth most at Nevada. Hogan is third with 466. Story has been successful on 40 (181-of-452) percent of his three-point attempts which is tied for eighth with Hogan.
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 a year ago are second most in Pack history behind Jimmy Carroll’s (1996-97) 96.
burton honored: Nevada point guard Deonte Burton was named to the Mountain West Preseason Media Team. Burton was one of four juniors and four guards on the five man squad.
The junior was also named the most under-the-radar player CBSSports and ranked as the 35th best point guard by CBSSports.com.
Honors are not something new to the Los Angeles native as he was the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, 2012 WAC Player of the Year and a 2012 AP honorable mention All-America selection to name just a few of his many honors.
veteran group: Despite the loss of frontcourt seniors Dario Hunt and Olek Czyz, Nevada returns three starters and 10 total letterwinners from last year’s 28-7 team that advanced the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament, leaving the Pack one game short of playing in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Guard Deonte Burton, Malik Story and Jerry Evans, Jr. started all 35 games last season. Burton and Story have started all 72 games in their Pack careers while Evans has started 60 and the last 54. Evans has played in 71-of-72 games during his career.
Forward Devonte Elliott has played in all 72 games during his Pack career and started eight. Junior forward Kevin Panzer has played in 71 of a possible 72 contests and started 15. Senior guard Patrick Nyeko saw action in all 35 games last season and has played in 81 in his three plus seasons at Nevada.
elliott and panzer post career highs: Junior forwards Devonte Elliott and Kevin Panzer posted career highs in the World Vision Classic. The two frontcourt players have started all five games this season taking over for departed seniors Dario Hunt and Olek Czyz.
Elliott scored a then career-high 10 points against Green Bay and topped that with a 13 point outing at Marshall. Those two performances are his only double figure scoring games in the Silver & Blue. In the Green Bay contest he played a career-high 30 minutes. From the field he is shooting 63.6 (14-of-22) percent. In the GB game he made five-of-seven shots and at MU was good on five-of-eight. For the season he is fourth on the squad averaging 7.6 points per game and is second in rebounding at 4.2 per contest.
Panzer posted his career-high of 18 points in the Pack’s 80-77 victory over Cal State Fullerton (11/16/12) in the first game of the World Vision Classic. 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 7.2 points to rank fifth on the team and his 3.8 rebounds per game are third.