Breakdown: Fresno State vs. Nevada

Allen Huddleston

Fresno State notched its first Mountain West win Wednesday night against then 14-1 Wyoming. Tonight the Bulldogs looked to sweep its first two-game MWC home stand as they matchup with former WAC rival Nevada. Check inside for the breakdown…

Fresno State 7-9 (1-2) vs. Nevada 9-7 (0-2)

PG: Aaron Anderson (6-3, 190, Fr.) vs. Deonte Burton (6-1, 190, Jr.)

Deonte Burton is one of the most explosive scorers in the Mountain West. The junior is averaging 16.5 points and has eclipsed the 20-point mark six times on the season. His ability to create his own shot will give freshman Aaron Anderson his biggest challenge defensively so far.

Advantage: Nevada

SG: Marvelle Harris (6-4, 200, Fr.) vs. Malik Story (6-5, 215, Sr.)

It has been a hot and cold season for senior Malik Story. After scoring a career high 35 points, Story has made just 7-of-37 shots from the field in the Wolf Pack's last three games. Story's 33% three point percentage is his worst in his three seasons at Nevada and has made just 1-of-13 attempts from beyond the arc in his two previous trips to the Save Mart Center. Marvelle Harris has struggled in conference play shooting a 27% clip from the field.

Advantage: Nevada

SF: Tyler Johnson (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Jordan Burris (6-7, 220, Jr.)

Tyler Johnson returned to the starting line-up Wednesday, after an ankle injury sidelined him for one game. Johnson's 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting led the Bulldogs to an upset win over Wyoming. It is clear that Johnson has the hot hand and has become Fresno State's best scoring option. Bakersfield native Jordan Burris has stepped into a larger role this season and has averaged nearly eight points per game.

Advantage: Fresno State

PF: Kevin Foster (6-8, 230, Sr.) vs. Jerry Evans Jr. (6-8, 210, Jr.)

The athletic 6-foot-8 guard Jerry Evans Jr. put on over 20 lbs over the offseason and has helped Nevada down low. Kevin Foster will be the best rebounder on the floor, averaging 6.6 boards per game.

Advantage: Fresno State

C: Jerry Brown (6-7, 220, Jr.) vs. Kevin Panzer (6-9, 225, Jr.)

Fresno State is leaning more on Jerry Brown's presence in conference play. The junior is playing 36 minutes per game in Mountain West play, averaging 6.7 points and seven rebounds. Kevin Panzer has struggled in Nevada's three-game skid, scoring just four points total.

Advantage: Fresno State

Benches:

Both teams will use an eight-to-nine man rotation. Fresno State kept seven-footer Robert Upshaw off the floor in Wednesday's win as 6-foot-10 freshman Tanner Giddings played his best game yet. Nevada gets back freshman forward Cole Huff after missing one game with a knee injury.

Advantage: Fresno State

Coaches: Rodney Terry vs. David Carter

Nevada Head Coach David Carter is in his fourth season with the Wolf Pack. Carter led UNR to a 28-7 record last season and his second NIT appearance. Carter's Wolf Pack team finished 13-1 in WAC play, beating Rodney Terry's Fresno State team twice.

Advantage: Nevada

Intangibles:

Nevada has gotten out to a poor start in Mountain West play, losing each of their first two games by double digits. Fresno State comes off their best win of the season against Wyoming. The Bulldogs will also look to avenge a triple overtime loss when the two teams last met in the Save Mart Center.

Advantage: Fresno State

Final Analysis/Prediction:

Fresno State again focuses on making a high scoring player a non-factor. A poor shooting night from either Burton or Story greatly hinders the Nevada offense, opening the door for the Bulldogs' second straight conference win.

PREDICTION: Fresno State 62, Nevada 57



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