Utah State (11-3) at Nevada (8-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 11, 8:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada.
Television: NevadaWolfPack.tv. Home Record: Utah State 9-1, Nevada 3-4. Away
Record: Utah State 2-1, Nevada 5-2. Neutral Record: Utah State 0-1, Nevada
0-2. Conference Record: Utah State 1-1, Nevada 3-0. Series Record: Utah State
GAME NOTES: With a week to prepare, the Utah State Aggies head back to the
hardwood today to challenge the Nevada Wolf Pack in Mountain West Conference
action at the Lawlor Events Center.
The Aggies have been out of action since last weekend when they crushed the
San Jose State Spartans at home, 86-67, to claim their first league victory of
the season. The win was the sixth in the last seven outings for the program as
they sport one of the best overall winning percentages (.786) in the MWC
heading into the weekend.
Despite splitting the first 16 games of 2013-14, the Wolf Pack is the only
squad in the league that is 3-0 entering play today. The squad posted a narrow
74-71 win over in-state rival UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center three nights
ago, the first triumph in the series for Nevada in Sin City since 2005. In
addition to snapping an eight-game road losing streak in the series, Nevada
has now won three straight games overall.
In terms of the all-time series between the programs, USU is ahead by a count
of 32-14, although Nevada has won two in a row, thanks in part to a narrow
53-52 triumph in the most recent matchup last February.
Against San Jose State there was little that the Aggies did wrong as they shot
52.7 percent from the field, an incredible 10-of-14 behind the 3-point line,
outscored the visitors at the charity stripe 18-4, and also held a massive
42-22 advantage on the glass. TeNale Roland scored 20 points off the bench,
Preston Medlin added 15 and eight assists, followed by Spencer Butterfield
with 14 points and Jalen Moore 10 in a reserve role. Kyle Davis played big in
the paint with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Jarred Shaw pulled down nine
boards, but shot just 2-of-10 from the field.
Back on the court following his suspension, Shaw is still listed as the player
with the top scoring average with 15.0 ppg for the Aggies, but Medlin and
Butterfield are closing the gap with 14.2 and 14.1 ppg, respectively. The
other double-digit scorer for USU is Davis with his 10.3 ppg, pacing the group
on the glass with 8.8 rpg as the Aggies produce a rebounding advantage of 10.3
per game at the moment.
Deonte Burton delivered a game-high 29 points to lead the Nevada Wolf Pack to
the three-point win over the UNLV Runnin' Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Burton connected on 12-of-20 from the floor for the Wolf Pack, followed by
Michael Perez and AJ West with 18 and 11 points, respectively, the latter also
pulling down nine rebounds and registering five blocked shots as the team
turned the ball over just six times on the night and held the hosts to a
dismal 29.4 percent shooting from the field in the second half.
Despite shooting only 33.0 percent behind the 3-point line, Burton remains one
of the top scorers not just in the conference but in the country with his 22.3
ppg. Not only is he free to light up the scoreboard on his own, he also paces
Nevada with 59 assists and checks in with nearly four rebounds per contest,
making it clear that he is willing to do whatever it takes to win.
Just 3-4 in front of the hometown crowd this season, the Wolf Pack would like
nothing more than to give the Reno faithful something to cheer about, but
there's a chance the team could have a letdown after such a huge victory less
than 48 hours ago.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Utah State 77, Nevada 68
01/11 10:32:46 ET
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