Kansas takes on Nevada

Fans may still remember the echo of home crowd howls as The Wolf Pack handed KU a loss last season. It was Nevada over Kansas, 75-61, in the championship game of the Dodge Holiday Classic in Reno, Nev.

The Wolf Pack has a new coach as it takes on Kansas tonight in Allen Fieldhouse at 8:00 p.m. Mark Fox was an assistant under former Nevada head coach Trent Johnson for four seasons and took over the Wolf Pack helm after Johnson left for Stanford. Fox is familiar to KU basketball as he was an assistant coach at Kansas State from 1994-2000.

The Wolf Pack tied for first in the Western Athletic Conference last season with a 25-9 record an went 13-5 in league play. They return six letterwinners from last year's Sweet 16 team, which fell to NCAA runner-up Georgia Tech 72-67. Nevada is 3-0 after defeating Georgia 58-47 Friday night. Three Nevada players scored in double digits and were led by Nick Fazekas' 16 points.

Nevada was preseason picked fourth in the WAC by the media and Fazekas, a sophomore forward, was a second-team preseason all-league selection. He was named the WAC Player of the Week after earning MVP honors and scoring 27 points in back-to-back games at the Jim Thorpe Classic.

Kansas continues with its third of seven straight regular-season home games to start the 2004-05 campaign tonight against Nevada. Kansas has a deep team as was demonstrated in 11 players used in the season opening 68-61 win against Vermont. Additionally, 11 Jayhawks played 11 or more minutes in the victory over Saint Joseph's.

Freshmen Alex Galindo, C.J. Giles,and Sasha Kaun each scored their first career points in a KU uniform against Saint Joseph's. Kansas was a perfect 5-for-5 from behind the arc in the first half and senior Michael Lee's four steals marked a career-high.

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