Cal Poly (3-3) at Nevada (5-4)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 11, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada.
Television: None. Home Record: Cal Poly 2-1, Nevada 4-1. Away Record: Cal Poly
1-2, Nevada 1-3. Neutral Record: Cal Poly 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Conference Record:
Cal Poly 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Series Record: Cal Poly leads, 5-4.
GAME NOTES: The Cal Poly Mustangs attempt to register back-to-back wins as
they saddle up against the Nevada Wolf Pack in non-conference play at the
Lawlor Events Center on Tuesday.
Cal Poly, which has split the first six games of the 2012-13 campaign, has
alternated wins and losses the entire way, with their most stunning victory
coming against UCLA on the road Nov. 25 by a score of 70-68. More recently the
team routed Menlo College in an 89-43 final over the weekend.
As for the Wolf Pack, they posted their first road win of the season on
Saturday as they slipped by Washington in a 76-73 decision. The victory also
served to snap a two-game slide for the group, which is now 1-3 on the road
but an impressive 4-1 in their own building.
With respect to the all-time series between the teams, Cal Poly has won five
of the previous nine meetings. In fact, the Mustangs have won the last two
matchups by a combined three points, but those contests took place more than a
The meeting with Menlo was a perfect opportunity for the Mustangs to give
their overall stats a bit of a lift as they shot not only 57.4 percent from
the floor, but also 10-of-17 behind the 3-point line and held the visitors to
32.0 percent from the field and forced 18 turnovers. Chris Eversley and Dylan
Royer both tallied 15 points, the former adding eight rebounds and four
assists, while Brian Bennett tacked on 14 points and Kyle Odister 10 off the
bench. Eversley, although shooting just 21.4 percent from beyond the arc
through six games, leads the group in scoring with 16.3 ppg, his 7.5 rpg also
tops on the unit. Bennett is second in both of those categories with 10.5
points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. The team is still being beaten on the
glass on the average, but the fact that they are turning the ball over less
than nine times per game is certainly a positive.
Deonte Burton knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, posting seven points overall
in the final three minutes against Washington, which was huge when you
consider the Pack won by only three points on the road. Burton, who finished
3-of-5 from long range and 10-of-17 from the floor overall, finished with 29
points and six steals for Nevada, which worked its way back into the win
column. Malik Story tacked on 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists,
followed by Devonte Elliott who came off the bench to tally 11 points and five
boards in 20 minutes of action. Playing just over 31 minutes per game, Burton
is the top offensive threat for Nevada with his 20.0 ppg, thanks in large part
to his 62-of-79 shooting at the free-throw line. Story is a solid second
option for the Pack with 16.7 ppg to his credit, combining with Burton to
account for 33 of the team's 55 three-point conversions through nine games.
The fact that Burton is playing so well of late and the Wolf Pack are at home
for this contest is more than enough reason to think that the hosts should be
pulling out the win on Tuesday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nevada 78, Cal Poly 66
12/11 10:38:34 ET