Nevada (1-1) at San Francisco (2-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 15, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: War Memorial Gymnasium (4,800) -- San Francisco, California. Television: NevadaWolfPack.tv. Home Record: Nevada 0-1, USF 2-0. Away Record: Nevada 1-0, USF 0-0. Neutral Record: Nevada 0-0, USF 0-0. Conference Record: Nevada 0-0, USF 0-0. Series Record: San Francisco leads, 46-31.
GAME NOTES: A long-running rivalry between non-conference members is renewed tonight, as the San Francisco Dons entertain the Nevada Wolf Pack at War Memorial Gym.
San Francisco is fresh off a Wednesday night win over Cleveland State at home, 91-82, the first victory of the season for the Dons against another Division I opponent. USF tipped off the 2013-14 campaign with a resounding 95-57 triumph versus Notre Dame De Namur a week ago.
As for the Wolf Pack, they too have played two games thus far, but unlike USF which had comfortable wins both times out, they have been involved in a pair of two-point decisions. The first of those close calls was an 80-78 home loss to Pacific last Friday night, the other being a 60-58 victory against Cal Poly on the road on Tuesday night.
San Francisco may lead the all-time series by a count of 46-31, but the last four matchups have gone to the Wolf Pack. Last season, Nevada posted a 59-51 victory at home.
The Wolf Pack needed a three-point play by Deonte Burton with just 6.6 seconds remaining in regulation to get them over the hump versus the Mustangs, with Burton also stealing the ball in the final moments to secure the victory. The guard finished with 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the floor, while Cole Huff and Michael Perez contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively, for a squad that got away with only 37.5 percent shooting from the floor.
After two games, Burton is the top offensive threat for Nevada in terms of points produced (22.5 ppg), but his presence out on the perimeter shouldn't scare the Dons all that much since he has made just 2-of-11 chances from 3- point range. As a team, the Pack has knocked down just 31.6 percent from beyond the arc, compared to 40.6 percent for the competition.
Mark Tollefsen scored a game-high 18 points, as the San Francisco Dons topped the Cleveland State Vikings by nine points in a non-conference clash at War Memorial Gymnasium.
Also scoring in double figures for the Dons were Tim Derksen with 17 points, Avry Holmes 14, and both Matt Glover and Cole Dickerson with 12 points. Dickerson also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for the hosts, while Cody Doolin handed out 11 assists. The defense for the Dons was a bit shaky as they allowed Cleveland State to convert 50.9 percent from the field.
Tollefsen may head the list of scorers for the Dons with his 16.5 ppg, followed by Kruise Pinkins (14.0 ppg), Dickerson (13.5 ppg) and Matt Glover (12.0 ppg), but one might argue the key to USF's success this season will be the performance of Doolin (3.0 ppg) who has handed out 18 assists and turned the ball over only once.
As long as the Wolf Pack can keep the scoring to a minimum the team will have a chance at the road win, but as long as Doolin is dealin' the ball as well as he is, the odds of that happening are fleeting.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Francisco 74, Nevada 65
11/15 10:31:14 ET