Nevada (3-5) at UC Davis (3-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 7, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Pavilion (5,670) -- Davis, California. Television: None. Home Record: Nevada 1-2, UC Davis 1-2. Away Record: Nevada 2-1, UC Davis 0-4. Neutral Record: Nevada 0-2, UC Davis 2-0. Conference Record: Nevada 0-0, UC Davis 0-0. Series Record: Nevada leads, 77-24.
GAME NOTES: UC Davis tries to bring an end to a four-game slide tonight, as the Aggies host the Nevada Wolf Pack in non-conference action at the Pavilion.
Since defeating Loyola-Chicago in overtime during the Portland State Tournament back on Nov. 23, the Aggies have bowed in four straight outings and are now three games under .500 as a result. The most recent setback took place earlier this week at Seattle in a 77-53 final.
As for the Wolf Pack, they too are hoping to snap a losing streak, their's being three games. On Nov. 29, the team clashed with Missouri during the Las Vegas Invitational and came up short in an 83-70 final, the fourth loss in the last five games for the Pack overall.
Last season, the Pack needed a last-second shot from Deonte Burton to grab an 84-83 win over UC Davis at home, the 12th straight victory in the series for Nevada. As a result, the Pack now leads the all-time series by a margin of 77-24.
Against Missouri the Wolf Pack fell behind right away and never recovered, trailing by as many as 21 points late in the first half after shooting a mere 28.6 percent for the floor. Nevada made good on only 34.5 percent from the field overall, including 6-of-21 (.286) behind the 3-point line. Deonte Burton tallied 20 points on 5-of-17 shooting, followed by Marqueze Coleman with 15 off the bench.
Burton, who has scored in double figures in every game this season, putting up no less than 19 points in each outing, is easily the top scorer overall for the squad with 23.4 ppg, hitting on 43.5 percent of his perimeter tries. Michael Perez sneaks in with 11.5 ppg and Jerry Evans adds another 11.1 ppg to the offensive attack, not to mention coming down with 6.3 rpg to pace the unit in that area.
With just one 3-point basket on 12 tries in the first half against Seattle, the Aggies dug themselves a massive hole from which there was no rescue. The team shot only 33.9 percent from the floor overall and 7-of-27 beyond the arc, all while turning the ball over 16 times. Josh Ritchart emerged as the leading scorer for the visitors with 14 points, followed by Corey Hawkins with 12. Ryan Sypkens tallied just six points as he shot 2-of-11 from the floor.
Sypkens, who tied a school record with eight 3-pointers in the meeting with Nevada last season, is a 1,000-point scorer for the Aggies, yet he has come up rather small recently for the group, scoring six points or less in three of the last four outings. Nevertheless, Sypkens is still one of three players scoring in double figures with his 10.3 ppg, the others being Ritchart (17.3 ppg) and Hawkins (15.5 ppg).
With Sypkens coming up small recently he'll want to try and relive his past glory against Nevada, but that might work against the Aggies if he tries too hard to be a factor out on the perimeter tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nevada 71, UC Davis 64
12/07 10:35:05 ET