Wolf Pack on the hunt against the Broncos
Reno. NV (Sports Network) – The 21st-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack has been the
dominant team in the Western Athletic Conference in recent years, and the
club welcomes the Boise State Broncos to Reno tonight for a league tilt.
Boise State began conference play on a positive note on Thursday with a
77-66 decision over Utah State. That win was the second in a row and fifth
in the last six games for the Broncos, who enter tonight’s clash with a
1-5 road record.
Nevada is 13-1 overall and has posted six consecutive victories, including an
81-55 decision over Idaho on Saturday to open league play. The non-
league schedule was somewhat soft for the Wolf Pack, but the squad did knock
off Gonzaga recently to go along with a pair of wins over Pac-10 opponents.
Nevada holds a 31-18 advantage in the all-time series with Boise State, and
the Wolf Pack have won the last two meetings.
Boise State is scoring 74.1 ppg this season while limiting the opposition to
69.1 ppg on 39.8 percent shooting from the field. Matt Nelson is the leading
scorer for the Broncos, as he is posting 15.0 ppg on 63.9 percent efficiency
from the field. Nelson is also tops on the boards with his 8.7 rpg. Coby Karl,
son of NBA head coach George Karl, is netting 14.8 ppg to go along with 4.0
apg, and Reggie Larry is the third and final double-digit scorer with his 12.7
ppg. In the win over Utah State last time out, Nelson scored 18 points. Larry
pitched in 16 points, and Karl managed 13 points. The Broncos turned the ball
over 20 times, but they overcame their carelessness by shooting 54.9 percent
from the field, while limiting the Aggies to 37.1 percent efficiency.
Nevada possesses the top trio in the WAC, including the conference’s most
dominant player. Standout forward Nick Fazekas is averaging 20.8 ppg and 12.3
rpg while shooting 58.6 percent from the floor, and he has blocked 23 shots to
lead the club in that department as well. While he gets a great deal of
attention and praise, opponents are well aware that Marcelus Kemp must be
accounted for at all times. Kemp is netting 18.2 ppg on the strength of his
45.1 percent accuracy from three-point range, and Ramon Sessions is
contributing 12.7 ppg and nearly five assists per game to the lineup. While
Nevada is scoring 76.9 ppg on 49.7 percent shooting from the field, it is
limiting foes to 63.5 ppg on 39.3 percent shooting. In the romp over Idaho
Saturday, Kemp finished with 22 points in only 20 minutes of action, and
Fazekas totaled 19 points and 11 boards in his 20 minutes of work. The Pack
earned a 45-26 rebounding advantage in the tilt and led by 18 points at