Cowboys Square Off with Nevada on Wednesday in Double A
Feb. 11, 2013
Laramie, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball looks to return to its winning ways in the deep Mountain West on Wednesday when the Cowboys host Nevada at 7 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. The Pokes (16-7, 2-7 MW) earned a 59-48 road win over the Wolf Pack (12-11, 3-6 MW) on Jan. 12 in the first meeting between the two this season. Wednesday's promotion is Mardi Gras, as the first 1,500 fans will receive a Mardi Gras mask and the first 2,000 fans will receive brown and gold beads.
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 and live video of Wyoming's game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on the website. 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 enter the week at 12-11 overall and 3-6 in conference play for seventh in the MW standings. The Wolf Pack has gone 3-4 since a 59-48 home loss to Wyoming on Jan. 12 and is 2-7 on the road this season. Most recently, Nevada earned a 74-69 home win over Air Force last Saturday. The Wolf Pack trailed 61-51 with just over five minutes left, but closed the game on a 23-8 run to snap a three-game losing skid. The Pack dominated the glass, outrebounding the Falcons 40-27 and 14-4 on the offensive glass. The Wolf Pack offense ranks sixth in the MW at 69.0 points per game, but is seventh in field goal percentage at 42 percent and ninth in three-point percentage at 29 percent. Nevada ranks second in the league and 30th in the NCAA in free throw percentage at 74 percent. On the defensive end, the Wolf Pack is seventh in field goal percentage defense at 43 percent and ninth in three-point field goal defense at 37 percent. Nevada's plus 0.7 turnover margin is seventh and its 0.9 assist-turnover ratio is eighth in the conference.
Each Team's Leaders
Preseason All-MW selection Deonte Burton is Nevada's top threat at 16.3 points, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game. The junior guard ranks sixth in the MW in points, second in steals and seventh in assists. Senior Malik Story gives Nevada one of the best guard duos in the MW at 16.4 points, 2.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He ranks fifth in the MW in points, second in threes per game at 2.5 and fifth in three-point percentage at 35. The duo are the only Wolf Pack players to start all 23 games, as Burton posted 22 points and Story added 16 against Air Force. Junior forward Kevin Panzer chipped in a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds against the Falcons, but averages 4.5 points and 4.7 rebounds on the season. Junior guard Jerry Evans Jr. and freshman forward Cole Huff round out Nevada's probable starters. Evans pulls down a team-high 5.9 rebounds to go with 8.2 points, while Huff scores 4.5 points and made just his eighth start of the season against Air Force.
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