Green Bay (2-0) at Nevada (1-1)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 17, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada.
Television: None. Home Record: Green Bay 1-0, Nevada 1-0. Away Record:
Green Bay 0-0, Nevada 0-1. Neutral Record: Green Bay 1-0, Nevada 0-0.
Conference Record: Green Bay 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Series Record: First meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Green Bay Phoenix try to remain unbeaten as they square off
with the Nevada Wolf Pack in the World Vision Classic at the Lawlor Events
Center in Reno.
The Phoenix easily pushed past Southern Utah for a 66-54 victory in their
opening game of this event on Friday. Green Bay held the Thunderbirds to only
eight field goals in the opening half, and shot 40 percent after the break to
improve to 2-0 overall. Green Bay is not filled with sharpshooters, but it
showed its ability to overpower opponents by outscoring the T-Birds 38-20 in
the paint and by holding a 51-40 advantage in the rebounding battle.
Nevada had a much more competitive matchup on Friday as it needed to overcome
a 12-point, first-half deficit to take down Cal State Fullerton, 80-77, in a
thriller for its first win of the season. Deonte Burton was the hero of the
bout as his old-fashioned three-point play put Nevada ahead by one point with
14 seconds left to play. He then blocked a shot by Fullerton's D.J. Seeley to
seal the deal. Now with a 1-1 overall record, the tournament hosting Wolf Pack
will try to make it two in a row. Fourth-year head coach David Carter enters
Saturday;s matchup with a 63-40 record at Nevada.
This will be the first encounter on the hardwood between these two teams.
Green Bay's success is primarily based on the play of star center Alec Brown,
who recorded a double-double consisting of 17 points and 13 rebounds his last
time out. The 7-foot-1, 225-pound center is not only adept at scoring inside
and rebounding, but he also uses his incredible wing span to block and alter
plenty of shots. Although Brown's size is impressive on its own, the Green Bay
front line gets even tougher for opponents when he teams up with Brennan
Cougill. The 6-foot-9, 265-pound bruising power forward produced a double-
double of his own with 17 points and 10 boards on Friday. Keifer Sykes added
13 points and four assists, while Carrington Love came off the bench to score
Nevada has a much different makeup than Green Bay as it relies on steady guard
play for much of its success. The duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story has
been very productive since arriving in Reno. Entering Saturday's contest,
Story and Burton have 984 and 981 career points, respectively, after starting
all 69 games of their careers to this point. Burton's heroics on Friday
produced a game-high 19 points, but Story had a quiet 2-of-6 shooting
performance for just five points. Junior forward Kevin Panzer picked up the
slack by making 60 percent of his field goal attempts, including 2-of-3 from
three-point range, to net a career-high 18 points. The Wolf Pack's future
looks bright as well with freshman Cole Huff in the mix for the next four
seasons. Huff came off the bench to score 11 points and pull down a game-high
nine rebounds in the most recent outing.
While Nevada showed its heart on Friday, it will take talent and toughness to
outduel the Phoenix. Brown is going to make a name for himself as one of the
best mid-major players in the country this season. The Wolf Pack need a more
noticeable performance out of Story to pick up their second win in a row.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Green Bay 66, Nevada 61
11/17 10:32:53 ET
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