UC Davis (1-2) at Nevada (3-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 28, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada. Television: None. Home Record: UC Davis 0-1, Nevada 3-0. Away Record: UC Davis 1-1, Nevada 0-2. Neutral Record: UC Davis 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Conference Record: UC Davis 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Series Record: Nevada leads, 76-24.
GAME NOTES: Undefeated at home through three games, the Nevada Wolf Pack tries to keep the record unblemished as they entertain the UC Davis Aggies on Wednesday night.
Taking part in the World Vision Classic in Reno between Nov. 16-18, Nevada won three games in as many days against Cal State Fullerton, Green Bay and Southern Utah, but more recently the team was taken down by Marshall in West Virginia by a score of 89-82 on Saturday.
Meanwhile, UC Davis began 2012-13 with back-to-back defeats versus Oklahoma State and Northern Arizona, but was able to finally work its way into the win column eight days ago with an 87-76 decision against Sacramento State on the road. The Aggies are in the midst of a three-game road trip, with a visit to Idaho on the slate for this weekend before returning home.
With an extensive history on the hardwood, these two teams are meeting for the 101st time, with Nevada owning a 76-24 advantage. The Pack has won 11 straight decisions against UC Davis, including a 78-71 final in the most recent matchup back in 2005.
Trailing by nine points at the break against Sacramento State the last time out, the Aggies turned up the energy on offense in the second half and shot a sizzling 64.7 percent from the floor, including 7-of-12 behind the three-point line, not to mention a perfect 12-of-12 at the charity stripe en route to the double-digit win. Corey Hawkins led the way with a game-high 29 points, followed by J.T. Adenrele with 19 and Ryan Sypkens 15 points as the latter converted 5-of-8 beyond the arc. Ryan Howley was huge in the paint for the group with a game-high 15 rebounds. Howley , who came off the bench in one of the earlier games, now leads the team on the glass with 12.3 rpg and that has helped give the group a rebounding edge over the competition of more than 10 per game. Hawkins has led the team in scoring in all three games, resulting in his 24.0 ppg, followed by Sypkens (16.3 ppg) and Adenrele (11.0 ppg) as the unit produces a hefty 78.0 ppg, but is also giving up just as many points.
Against Marshall, the Wolf Pack couldn't buy a bucket in the first half as they were credited with just seven field goals, fell behind by 16 points at the break and, while they were able to erupt for 58 points in the second half, were never able to fully recover. Deonte Burton recorded a game-high 28 points, making all but one of his 11 attempts at the free-throw line, while Malik Story tacked on another 25 points thanks to his 5-of-10 accuracy behind the three-point line. However, beyond Story, that meant the rest of the unit with a mere 2-of-13 on the outside. Before fouling out Devonte Elliott contributed 13 points and seven boards. Burton and Story continue to fuel this team, having been starters in all 72 games in which they've appeared over their careers, averaging 17.6 and 16.2 ppg, respectively, so far this year. However, after that duo there is a serious drop-off in productivity as the rest of the roster combines to post in the neighborhood of 42 ppg.
Nevada has been a tough bunch for several years now, but leaning on just two players will have the Pack ailing in some outings, and this could certainly be one of them.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UC Davis 71, Nevada 67
11/28 10:32:28 ET