Game Preview - Nevada

Although the big New York City trip is right around the corner for the Washington Huskies, the Wolf Pack of Nevada will be staring them right in the face Friday night, as the two teams square off in Reno. The home team is looking to avenge their 30-point loss to UW last year in Seattle. The game time is set for 8 p.m. and will be aired on ESPNU nationwide.

With the games against Marquette and Duke in mind, the young Huskies squad will have to be wary of what could very well turn out to be a big trap game against Nevada.

Considered the cream of the crop in the Western Athletic Conference (picked to finish first in the coaches' preseason poll), the Wolf Pack have some talent and have fared pretty will in the early going, with wins at home over Pacific, Prairie View A&M, Longwood and a neutral court victory versus Bradley.

Nevada's three losses have come by way of Missouri State at home, on the road to UNLV and on a neutral court to Brigham Young.

The Wolf Pack are led by the steady and efficient hands of Malik Story, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, who averages 15.3 points a contest on 44 percent shooting from the field and 54 percent from 3-point territory. While he doesn't fill up the stat sheet, one key note to keep an eye on is he is averaging just 1.7 fouls in 28 minutes per game.

Accompanying Story in the backcourt will be Deonte Burton, who turned out to be a freshman sensation last year for Nevada. While the 6-foot-1 guards scoring is down from 13.7 to 11 points a game this year, he has become a more complete player, averaging 4.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Manning the post will be 6-foot-8 senior Dario Hunt. Known more for his defense prowess, the Colorado Springs, Colo. native is averaging eight rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.4 steals per game. In his career he has redirected 202 shots, which ranks him No. 1 all-time at Nevada.

"They have as talented a starting five as any team we've played up to this point," UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said Tuesday. "They are athletic; they have some really good guards. They are athletic inside. They have a very talented starting five."

Although his value certainly isn't shown in the stat sheet, Patrick Nyeko, a graduate of Seattle Prep, was the sixth man of the year last year as a sophomore for the Wolf Pack and is serving in that role again. However, he averages just 1.1 points a game on 18 percent shooting over 17 minutes per contest.

At the helm for Nevada will be David Carter, who is in his third season as the head coach, his 13th season overall with the program. Carter, who has a 38-35 since becoming the Wolf Pack head man, has some ties to the Washington program. During the 1989-90 season, he served as a graduate assistant under then Husky head coach Lynn Nance, who he had played for at Saint Mary's. However, he only stayed in Seattle for one season before later resurfacing at Diablo Valley College in 1992 as an assistant coach.


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