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Nevada (4-5) at California (6-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 10, 11 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Haas Pavilion (11,877) -- Berkeley, California. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Nevada 1-2, Cal 5-0. Away Record: Nevada 3-1, Cal 0-1. Neutral Record: Nevada 0-2, Cal 1-2. Conference Record: Nevada 0-0, Cal 0-0. Series Record: California leads, 24-11.
GAME NOTES: Nevada plays the second of back-to-back road dates in the state of California tonight, as the team challenges the California Golden Bears in non- conference action at Haas Pavilion.
Over the weekend, the Wolf Pack had to go to overtime in order to take down CU Davis on the road, securing an 87-81 win after 45 minutes of work. The victory snapped a three-game slide by Nevada, and was the third true road win for the program in four opportunities.
The good news for the Golden Bears is that they've won all five of their home dates to this point in the season, although four of those came in the first 10 days. More recently, California has dropped three of four outings overall, including a 72-65 defeat at the hands of UC Santa Barbara last Friday. The loss was the first ever for the Bears in 10 all-time meetings with UCSB.
Cal owns a 24-11 advantage in the all-time series, although the squads have split the last 10 encounters. The Bears won the most recent meeting back in 2008 by a score of 75-66 at home.
Jerry Evans Jr. scored 25 points, leading four players in double figures, as the Nevada Wolf Pack survived an 87-81 overtime affair against the UC Davis Aggies in non-conference action at The Pavilion. Deonte Burton pitched in with 19 points, six assists and five boards for the Wolf Pack. Ronnie Stevens and Cole Huff both accounted for 13 points, the former pulling down a game-high nine rebounds as well. Featuring eight ties and 15 lead changes, the meeting saw Nevada come away with a massive 42-24 rebounding advantage.
Even though Evans was the leading scorer the last time out, the key performer for the Wolf Pack continues to be Burton who has scored no less than 19 points in any game this season, resulting in his 22.9 ppg. Burton is tied with Michael Perez (11.2 ppg) in the assists department with 26 and is also first with 15 steals, giving it his all at both ends of the floor for the Pack. Evans checks in with both 12.9 ppg and a team-best 6.1 rpg, but for someone who has his hands on the ball so much, registering only three assists is a bit disappointing.
The Golden Bears, losers of three of the last four after opening the campaign with five straight wins, were led by Jordan Mathews who dropped in 22 points off the bench during the seven-point setback versus the Gauchos in the Thunderdome. Starter Justin Cobbs accounted for 13 points and eight assists, but he shot only 3-of-14 from the floor, while David Kravish pitched in with 12 points and seven boards before fouling out. Coming up a point shy of a double-double was Richard Solomon as he cleared 11 rebounds.
Cobbs is still at the top of the scoring list for the Bears with his 13.9 ppg, but his 23.1 percent accuracy behind the 3-point line has become a bit troubling. Granted, the team needs him to be on the floor in order to direct the offense, which he has done to the tune of 58 assists, but his insistence on trying to be a perimeter threat just isn't working for the group right now. Kravish (12.7 ppg), Jabari Bird (12.2 ppg) and Solomon (11.0 ppg, 10.9 rpg) help to represent the bulk of the unit's 74.1 ppg.
As long as Cobbs doesn't waste too much of his time and energy on the outside shooting the ball, the Golden Bears should be more than ready to defend their unblemished home record tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: California 76, Nevada 66
12/10 10:31:20 ET
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