Nevada (0-1) at Cal Poly (0-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 12, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mott Athletics Center (3,032) -- San Luis Obispo, California. Television: NevadaWolfPack.tv. Home Record: Nevada 0-0, Cal Poly 0-0. Away Record: Nevada 0-1, Cal Poly 0-1. Neutral Record: Nevada 0-0, Cal Poly 0-0. Conference Record: Nevada 0-0, Cal Poly 0-0. Series Record: Series tied, 5-5.
GAME NOTES: Two teams seeking their first win of the season get together at the Mott Athletics Center tonight, as the Cal Poly Mustangs entertain the Nevada Wolf Pack in non-conference action.
Pitted against the fifth-ranked team in the nation last Friday night, the Mustangs gave it all they had versus the Arizona Wildcats, but came up short in a 73-62 final on the road.
Meanwhile, the Wolf Pack played at home that same night, hosting Pacific, and they too suffered a setback in their season opener, an 80-78 final.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, a 69-56 victory by Nevada last season evened it up at five games apiece.
In a game that featured five ties and seven lead changes, Nevada managed to knot the score at 78-78 with just over 30 seconds remaining in regulation on a 3-pointer by Marqueze Coleman, but after falling behind again both Deonte Burton and Jerry Evans missed shots in the final moments that could have won or tied the meeting on Friday versus Pacific.
Burton scored a team-best 23 points, thanks in large part to his 12-of-13 showing at the free-throw line and not his 1-of-7 shooting beyond the arc. Evans responded with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds, followed by Coleman and Michael Perez with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Nevada defense managed to force 17 turnovers, but at the same time allowed the visitors to connect on not only 53.4 percent from the floor, but also an astounding 8-of-11 (.727) behind the 3-point line.
Dave Nwaba kept the Mustangs in the mix in the first half against Arizona in the opener, scoring 12 points in the first half, but in the end a three-point deficit at the break blossomed into a double-digit setback at the McKale Center.
Nwaba finished with just those 12 points in 28 minutes of action, while Kyle Odister turned in a solid performance with a game-high 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting beyond the arc. Chris Eversley accounted for another 17 points and a team-high five rebounds as the Mustangs shot only 37.0 percent from the field, yet 42.3 percent (11-of-26) on the perimeter.
The effort out on the perimeter by Cal Poly is nothing new, after the team placed 39th nationally with 37.5 percent accuracy beyond the arc last season and was 80th with 7.1 triples made per game.
The Pack have to be on their game defensively in order to keep Cal Poly from getting good looks at the basket from behind the 3-point line tonight. However, if the opening game from both teams is any indication of what to expect, the Mustangs should be in line for the home victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal Poly 72, Nevada 66
11/12 10:32:07 ET