Pokes Seek Payback Against Visiting Wolf Pack on Saturday
Jan. 24, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team will look for a measure of revenge on Saturday, as the Cowboys host Nevada in the Arena-Auditorium at 2 p.m. MT. The Pokes (12-6, 3-2 MW) have won three-straight Mountain West games for the first time since 2009, but the Wolf Pack (10-9, 5-1 MW) claimed a dramatic 61-58 victory over Wyoming in Reno earlier this month. The two teams are currently second and fourth in the league standings.
Both coaching staffs will wear sneakers for the game as part of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, which highlights the fight against cancer. Official game T-shirts are available for purchase at Brown `N Gold Outlet for $10 and all proceeds will be donated to Laramie Relay for Life. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society and Jimmy V Foundation. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or online at GoWYO.com. Fans can follow live stats, audio and video of the game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach David Carter and Nevada have been the surprise of the MW this season and enter the weekend tied for second in the league standings at 10-9 overall and 5-1 in conference play. The Wolf Pack is an impressive 3-0 on the road in MW play, including a 96-86 double-overtime win at Fresno State last Wednesday. After being deadlocked at 37 at halftime, 76 after regulation and 82 after the first overtime, Nevada opened the second extra period with a 9-0 run to claim the victory. It was the third overtime game in the last four meetings between the two programs, as the road team won each time. On the season, Nevada's 74.7 points per game rank fourth in the MW, while the Wolf Pack shoots 44 percent from the field for sixth and 33 percent from deep for eighth. Defensively, Nevada is last in the MW in scoring defense (75.5), field goal percentage defense (44.7) and 10th in three-point defense (35.3).
Each Team's Leaders
Senior guard Deonte Burton was a preseason All-MW selection and has lived up to the billing. The senior guard's 21.5 points per game lead the MW and rank 15th in the country, as posted a career-high 32 points at Fresno State. He leads the MW and is third in the NCAA in minutes at 39.1 per game, while his 3.9 assists rank fourth in the conference. Fellow senior guard Jerry Evans Jr. scores 13.2 per game, including 15 points at Fresno, and adds 6.4 rebounds, while junior guard Michael Perez contributes 12.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. Sophomore forward Cole Huff rounds out Nevada's four scorers in double figures at 11.6 points, including 31 points against the Bulldogs, and 5.6 rebounds per game. Junior forward AJ West was declared eligible at the start of the semester and averages a team-high 7.6 rebounds to go with 8.4 points. He grabbed 13 boards against Fresno State and has 23 blocks in eight games this season.
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