Nevada (4-4) at Washington (4-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 8, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) -- Seattle, Washington. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Nevada 4-1, UW 3-2. Away Record: Nevada 0-3, UW 0-0. Neutral Record: Nevada 0-0, UW 1-1. Conference Record: Nevada 0-0, UW 0-0. Series Record: Washington leads, 6-2.
GAME NOTES: In search of their first road win of the season, the Nevada Wolf Pack heads to the Pacific Northwest to tangle with the Washington Huskies in non-conference action on Saturday.
Nevada, which has dropped road dates at UC Irvine, Marshall and most recently, Pacific, has fallen in two straight and three of the last four games overall. Earlier this week the team paid a visit to Pacific in Stockton, California and was turned away in a 78-72 overtime decision versus the Tigers.
As for the Huskies, they are actually riding a minor two-game win streak at the moment, having defeated Saint Louis (66-61) at home on Nov. 28 and followed that up with a narrow 74-72 triumph versus Cal State Fullerton last Sunday to kick off the month of December on the right foot.
Nevada has won only two of the previous eight meetings in the series with the Huskies, but last year's triumph was especially memorable as the Wolf Pack came from five points down in the final 34 seconds of regulation to force overtime and eventually capture the 76-73 decision.
Nevada led by as many as seven points midway through the first half against the Tigers the last time out, but in the end the game, which featured nine ties and eight lead changes, swung in favor of the hosts in overtime. Deonte Burton was credited with a game-high 25 points, although he did shoot just 1- of-6 behind the three-point line. Jordan Burton came up a rebound shy of a double-double as he tallied 14 points, followed by Jerry Evans with 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench for a change. Malik Story checked in with 12 points in 37 minutes of action. Burton, who has scored in double figures in seven straight, paces the team overall with his 18.9 ppg, and he is also first with 25 assists and 13 steals, which makes his meager 28.1 percent shooting behind the three-point line slightly more acceptable. Story is in for another 16.9 ppg and tries to make up for Burton's deficiencies out on the perimeter with his own 19-of-49 (.388) effort on the outside.
Trailing almost the entire game, the Huskies needed some prayers answered in the final moments of their meeting with Cal State Fullerton last weekend and that's exactly what happened, as C.J. Wilcox made a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining and a three-pointer by the visitors missed the mark after that. Wilcox shot only 7-of-21 from the floor, including 2-of-8 behind the three-point line, yet still finished with a team-best 21 points, followed by Desmond Simmons who put together a double-double off the bench with 14 points and 18 rebounds, while Andrew Andrews and Aziz N'Diaye contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively. Playing almost 36 minutes per game, Wilcox tops the scoring list for the Huskies with 19.7 ppg, while N'Diaye is close to averaging a double-double for the program with 11.4 ppg and a team-best 9.6 rpg, as he shoots an impressive 65.9 percent from the floor and a less-than- impressive 48.9 percent at the free-throw line. Hoping to make his first appearance for the Huskies this weekend is Shawn Kemp, Jr. who missed the first seven games after tearing the patella tendon in his knee during preseason.
Most opponents know that by slowing down Burton and Story they have a good chance of taking down Nevada, now it is just a matter of the Huskies applying that principle.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Washington 71, Nevada 68
12/08 10:30:33 ET