Drake (2-3) at Nevada (4-2)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 30, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada.
Television: None. Home Record: Drake 1-0, Nevada 4-0. Away Record: Drake 0-1,
Nevada 0-2. Neutral Record: Drake 1-2, Nevada 0-0. Conference Record: Drake
0-0, Nevada 0-0. Series Record: Drake leads, 3-0.
GAME NOTES: The battle between conferences continues during the Mountain West-
MVC Challenge on Friday night, as the Nevada Wolf Pack hosts the Drake
Bulldogs at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno.
Nevada, undefeated at home over the course of four games this season, nearly
saw that unblemished record take a hit on Wednesday when the team needed a
late basket in order to take down visiting UC Davis by a score of 84-83. The
win was the fourth in the last five games for a team that has yet to win
anywhere else but Reno.
As for the Bulldogs, they've logged only two wins in five attempts to kick off
the 2012-13 campaign, but one of those triumphs came against William Jewell
in the season opener. More recently, the team was in action on Sunday versus
Xavier and was dealt a 74-70 setback, the third in the last four games for the
program, as part of the 2012 DirecTV Classic in Anaheim.
Drake has won all three of the previous meetings between these two squads, but
they haven't been pitted against each other since 1969. The last meeting in
Reno was a year earlier, with the Bulldogs putting up a 90-76 victory. Nevada
had allowed at least 86 points in each of the first three matchups.
Even though the Bulldogs failed to get to the free-throw line a single time in
the first half against Xavier at home last time out, they still owned a 30-26
edge at the break. However, the second half saw Drake make only 36.7 percent
from the floor, en route to the four-point loss at the Anaheim Convention
Center. Jordan Clarke settled in with a double-double for the Bulldogs,
consisting of 12 points and 11 rebounds, but it was Joey King and Ben Simons
who were responsible for much of the scoring as they accounted for 21 and 20
points, respectively. King, who has come off the bench in all five games, had
just 25 total points before the meeting with the Musketeers. Simons is the
consistent scorer for the Bulldogs, hitting for 17.4 ppg as he shoots 42.1
percent from three-point range, followed by Clarke and Richard Carter with
12.4 and 10.4 ppg, respectively.
A Deonte Burton jumper with three seconds remaining proved to be the
difference for Nevada as the Wolf Pack slipped by UC Davis by just a single
point in non-conference play at the Lawlor Events Center two nights ago.
Burton finished the meeting with a game-high 26 points for Nevada, adding
seven assists and five rebounds for the hosts. Malik Story accounted for 23
points and Jordan Burris 11 off the bench for the program as well. Burton is
now responsible for 19.0 ppg to pace the Pack, shooting close to 50 percent
from the floor while also delivering a team-best 20 assists and making 10
steals. Story accounts for 17.3 ppg having made 15-of-38 shots out on the
perimeter for a team that is averaging six made three-pointers per contest. At
least in the early going, the problem for the Pack seems to be a defense that
is giving up 76.2 ppg, willing to trade baskets more often than not with the
With the number of points that Nevada is giving up, the team cannot always
count on someone like Burton to bail it out in the waning moments. Either the
Pack straightens up on defense or a team like Drake will take advantage of
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nevada 75, Drake 70
11/30 10:40:05 ET