Hoops Preview - Nevada

With the Pac-10 regular season right around the corner, the Washington Huskies will face Nevada to conclude the early non-conference part of their schedule. The game is at Hec Edmundson Pavilion with a tip time of 6 p.m. PST. It will be aired live on Fox Sports Northwest and in Seattle on KJR-950AM.

The Wolf Pack has been more like a pup pack this season, as they have just a 3-8 record. They are also 0-3 in road games. "They are a team that usually plays a pretty good schedule, a pretty high RPI," Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said Monday.

With such a bad start to the season, Nevada obviously hasn't been doing much good. However, their rebounding has been a positive. As a team, they rank in the top 100 nationally in just about every rebounding category you can think of, giving them an advantage over Washington.

Similar to San Francisco, the Wolf Pack is a very young team, featuring just one senior and five juniors. They round out their roster with four sophomores and six freshmen. Malik Story, an Indiana transfer, will be starting at guard, and leads Nevada in scoring with 13.5 points on 40 percent shooting from the field and 47 percent from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-5 sophomore is also averaging 3.8 rebounds. Over the last four games, he is averaging 17.25 points and 4.5 rebounds.

Starting at forward, Dario Hunt is a 6-foot-8 junior forward who is averaging 12.1 points on 46 percent shooting, 9.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. He has season highs of 25 points and 18 boards this season.

Leading the point for David Carter's young team is true freshman Deonte Burton. The 6-foot-1, Los Angeles native is averaging 11.2 points on 33 percent shooting from the field, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals. Over the past five games, he has scored double digits in every game, good enough for an average of 13.8 points per contest.

Just having become eligible, Olek Czyz is perhaps the most intriguing player on the Wolf Pack squad. The sophomore transfer from Duke is averaging 7.5 points on 45 percent shooting and six rebounds. The big-bodied 6-foot-7 Polish native is also not afraid of stepping back for a three.

"He's a good basketball player," Romar said of Czyz. "He's a front-court player. I remember the difference Mike Gerrity made with USC last year when he joined them. You saw the difference Josh Selby made with Kansas their last game, Jio Fontan at USC…these guys that become eligible at the semester make a difference, and he already has one 24-minute game under his belt. So he makes them an even better team."

Nevada is the final non-league game for the Huskies (7-3) before they start Pac-10 play at USC (7-5) on Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. PST. The game is not on television. Later in the season they travel to Key Arena to play Seattle University, which is the last non-conference foe on the Huskies' schedule.


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