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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 14, 6:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada. Television: NevadaWolfPack.tv. Home Record: Nebraska Omaha 5-0, Nevada 1-2. Away Record: Nebraska Omaha 2-3, Nevada 3-2. Neutral Record: Nebraska Omaha 0-0, Nevada 0-2. Conference Record: Nebraska Omaha 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Series Record: Nevada leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Mavericks of Nebraska Omaha try to extend their current win streak to five in a row as they drop in on the Nevada Wolf Pack for a non- conference affair at the Lawlor Events Center.
Since bowing to Drake on the road back on Nov. 23, the Mavericks have rattled off four straight wins, albeit against some questionable competition to say the least. Mixed in with victories over Iowa Wesleyan and Waldorf College by a combined 186-102, Omaha also took down Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday in a 93-88 final in order to move to 7-3 on the season overall.
Not nearly as successful through the first 10 games of 2013-14, the Wolf Pack are currently two games under .500 and have won just once in three tries in Reno. The squad has just come back from a two-game California swing in which it defeated UC Davis in overtime (87-81) a week ago before falling at California four nights ago, 92-84.
The Pack won the only previous meeting with Omaha by a score of 81-69 in Reno back on Jan. 17, 2012.
At home in Ralston Arena, the Mavs forced 20 turnovers and outscored the Roadrunners at the free-throw line by a 33-13 margin in order to capture the latest win. Except for Mike Rostampour who finished with seven points and eight rebounds, every starter scored in double figures for Omaha as CJ Carter dropped in 20 points, followed by John Karhoff with 18 on a perfect 10-of-10 performance at the charity stripe. Marcus Tyus pitched in with 14 points and Devin Patterson 13 in the victory.
Carter heads a list of four double-digit scorers on the season with his 15.3 ppg, adding 3.5 apg in order to help get his teammates involved in the action as well. Patterson, responsible for a team-best 3.6 apg, accounts for another 12.1 ppg and is also the leader in steals with 20 for a squad that has held the competition to only 41.8 percent shooting from the field and 69.7 ppg.
Nevada had another strong offensive performance in the Golden State earlier this week, but even with 56.2 percent shooting from the field the Pack found a way to squander a great offensive performance. Deonte Burton was credited with a team-best 26 points, to go along with seven rebounds and five assists, followed by Michael Perez and Jerry Evans with 18 points apiece, but at the same time the visitors allowed California to convert 55.9 percent from the field and claim a 32-9 scoring advantage among the reserves.
One of the top scorers in the country, not only is Burton putting up 23.2 ppg at the moment, he is also on the verge of recording the 1,700th point of his career, needing nine more to join the exclusive club. A starter in all 108 games of his career, Burton currently ranks fifth on the school's all-time scoring list. Besides the star guard, the only other double-digit scorers through 10 games for Nevada are Evans (13.4 ppg) and Perez (11.9 ppg) and while the group is able to put up 76.2 ppg, it is also allowing a hefty 80.7 ppg.
Even though the Mavericks have a better record, the good news for Nevada this weekend is that 7-3 mark has been built on the backs of some questionable victories, which means a win could be in the cards for a needy Wolf Pack.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nevada 84, Nebraska Omaha 74
12/14 10:36:01 ET