Scouting report: Nevada
Game info: 5 p.m. Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity)
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro and Detlef Schrempf)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Nevada and Washington.
Coach: David Carter is 66-43 in his fourth year with the Wolf Pack. He’s also spent five years with the team as an assistant.
Prediction: Picked to finish fifth in the 9-team Mountain West by media who cover the conference.
Series: Washington leads series 6-2. UW is 3-1 at home including a 90-60 win in the last meeting at Hec Ed in 2010.
Last meeting: Nevada rallied from a 5-point deficit in the last 34 seconds and sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Wolf Pack also overcame an early 4-point deficit in the extra period before claiming a 76-73 overtime win on Dec. 2, 2011 at Lawlor Events Center.
Previous game: Lost 78-72 in overtime at Pacific on Tuesday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— The Huskies are very familiar with junior guard Deonte Burton (right), who was the star in their last meeting. He sank a three-pointer as time expired in regulation and finished with a career-high 31 points. Burton also tallied 14 points against UW as a freshman in 2010. The 6-1, 190-pound guard from Los Angeles has started in all 75 games the past three seasons. He was named to the five-team team Mountain West preseason team.
The left-handed guard is a torrential scorer. He’s averaging 18.9 points and has scored in double figures in the last seven games. He’s also led the Pack in scoring in five games. After tallying 24 points this week at Pacific, he has 1,105 career points that puts him 18th on Nevada’s all-time scoring list.
Burton began his career tagged as the most underrated guard in the country. Now he’s known as Mr. Clutch because he’s made five game-tying or game-winning shots in the final 14 seconds. Here’s video (above) of his game-winner against Green Bay and UC-Davis.
Still, his favorite moment is the shot against the Huskies. You can watch it on his sophomore highlight video (the shot is at the 1:53 mark).
“That’s the one that kind of got it all started,” he said. “Not just for me, but for the team. We were kind of struggling and winning that game like we did – beating a really good team – gave us confidence to go on and have a good season.”
— Senior shooting guard Malik Story is averaging 16.9 points and he ranks 20th on Nevada’s all-time scoring list with 1,093. Against Washington, he had 13 points on 5-for-16 shooting last year. In 2010, he had 11 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Story doesn’t score like Burton. He’s more of a shooter than a slasher. He’s taken the most three-pointers (49) on the team and shoots 38.8 percent behind the arc.
Story began his career at Indiana and transferred after his freshman year. He sat out the 2009-10 season and has started every game at Nevada alongside Burton. Story’s career scoring high is 34 points. He’s scored in double figures in five games this season and has led the Pack in scoring three times.
— The 2012-13 season is the 100th year of basketball at Nevada. The Wolf Pack’s first year of basketball was in 1913 when the team went 3-1 under coach C.E. Holway.
— Nevada is 4-1 at home and 0-3 on the road.
— After 12 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference, the Wolf Pack moved to the Mountain West to compete with tougher teams such as No. 18 UNLV and No. 20 New Mexico. Nevada won the WAC last season with a 13-1 record and finished 28-7, advancing to the NIT semifinals.
— Burton and Story are the only players who average double-digit scoring, but Nevada’s bench is averaging 20.4 points per game and has outscored its opponents bench in four-of-eight games this season.
— Junior guard Jerry Evans Jr. had made 56 consecutive starts until the last game. He responded with a season-high 13 points off the bench
— Nevada used the same starting lineup in all 35 games last season, but after seven games this season the made two lineup changes at Pacific. Jordan Burris and Cole Huff moved into the lineup for Kevin Panzer and Evans.
F – Devonte Elliott, 6-10, 220, Jr., 6.1 ppg., 3.5 rpg., 59.5% FG
F – Cole Huff, 6-8, 205, Fr., 7.0, 5.1, 75% FT
G – Jordan Burris, 6-7, 220, Jr, 7.0, 3.6, 1.3 bpg.
G – Malik Story, 6-5, 215, Sr., 16.9, 2.8, 1.9 apg
G – Deonte Burton, 6-1, 190, Jr., 18.9, 2.4, 3.1
— Washington had more talent last season, but the Huskies didn’t have anyone quick enough to stay in front of Burton. That’s possibly changed this season thanks to redshirt freshman Andrew Andrews. It will be interesting to see if he draws the assignment to slow down Burton and remains in the starting lineup especially if fifth-year senior Scott Suggs (plantar fasciitis) is ready to return from a three-game layoff. Expect to see C.J. Wilcox paired against Story, which is always entertaining to watch two shooters go against each other. However, the Huskies will need to contend with Burton. They have plenty of defensive options, including senior Abdul Gaddy and sophomore Hikeem Stewart.