Boise State Guard Anthony Drmic
The Broncos leading scorer at 19.3 points per game is the most
important player night in night out for Boise State. Drmic is a dynamic
scorer who can score in a variety of ways. His three point shooting is
down from 39% last year to 32% this year, but his shot must still be
respected. Getting to the rim is also a key to Drmic's game, as he
shoots just above six free throws a game. In Boise State's four guard
attack, Drmic is without a doubt the player Nevada must key in on,
therefore senior Jerry Evans Jr. will draw the defensive assignment.
Evans, who has been on a bit of a shooting drought lately (shooting
less than 27% from the field in three of the last four games) has still
been affecting the game in a positive way by shutting down the opposing
teams best player. Can he do that again Tuesday? Drmic versus Evans
will be a key matchup.
Nevada Forward Cole Huff
Is Huff the best player on the Nevada team? No. Is Huff a key player
against the Broncos? Yes. First, lets talk about defense. Going up
against Boise State's four guard offense will be a challenge for the
6-8 Huff. Rather than battle in the low post against players usually
bigger than him, Huff will instead be chasing guards around screens and
back cuts. Huff will likely draw the assignment on 6-2 guard Jeff Elorriaga, who is hitting over 50% of his shots from behind the
three-point line. If Elorriaga can run bigger defenders like Huff
through screens, it might force the Wolf Pack to go to smaller lineups.
But on offense Huff should have an offense rebounding and low post
advantage. The question is, will he capitalize on this height
advantage. Typically Huff is a three point shooting big that can and
has been extremely effective lately (16 points on 4-7 shooting from 3
against Utah State), but against the Broncos, Nevada might want to look
for some Huff post ups. Whether with his shooting, rebounding, or
defense, Huff will have a large impact, positive or negative, on this
Nevada Guard Deonte Burton
Burton could be featured every game for Around the Rim. He is that
important to the Wolf Pack. But we have come to expect greatness every
week from the senior guard. So this week why has he been included? For
a few reasons. One, Boise State plays a four-guard lineup with only one
big man, usually Ryan Watkins, on the floor at a time. This will open
up driving lanes for Burton, who loves to use his body and get to the
rim. Without two big men on the floor for the Broncos, this should be
significantly easier for Burton. Secondly Burton will be going up
against two guards who where also named to the preseason All-MW team in
Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks Jr. This will be nothing but motivation
for Burton who will be out to prove he is the best guard of the bunch.
Finally, Burton knows he is playing for his legacy at Nevada.
Regardless of the outcome this year for the team, Burton will go down
as one of the best players to have donned a Nevada jersey. But he has
never been to an NCAA tournament and this is his final chance. While an
at large bid to the tournament is out of the question barring a 16-2
run in conference, setting the team up for success in the Mountain West
tourney should be a big goal for the Wolf Pack and Burton. And the only
way to do that is to keep winning. And Burton will need a 20+ point
scoring output to get a win versus the Broncos.
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