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Wolf Pack Preview: Nevada Basketball returns home to face Wyoming on Tuesday

After a two-game road trip, the Pack return home, looking for a bounce back victory versus the Cowboys.

Nick Aberle-Nevada Athletics Department

Nevada (10-7, 3-2) vs. Wyoming (5-13, 0-6)

When: Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. PST

Where: Lawlor Events Center

TV: CBS Sports Network

Matchup History: Wyoming leads 14-7

Breakdown:

Nevada men’s basketball (10-7, 3-2) returns home to take on the Wyoming Cowboys (5-13, 0-6) on Tuesday at Lawlor Events Center.

The Pack look to bounce back after back-to-back conference losses, the first time that has occurred since the 2015-16 season. In its most recent loss to Utah State, Jalen Harris tied his career-high with 31 points on 9-of-18 shooting, hitting five three-pointers on eight attempts.

Wyoming has struggled mightily this season. After beginning the season 2-3, the Cowboys have dropped 10 of its last 12 games, including its last four.

They nearly strung together a victory on Saturday, but fell in a 78-69 overtime showdown at home versus UNLV. Jake Hendricks tallied a team-high 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting from three-point range.

Wyoming has struggled to find offense this season. Their 88.9 offensive rating -- per Barttorvik -- ranks No. 340 out of 353 total teams.

Wyoming ranks last in the conference in scoring at 60.4 points per game, 7.9 points fewer than any other Mountain West team. The Cowboys have the second-worst field goal percentage (.408) and the third-worst three-point field goal percentage (.316).

One bright spot in their down season has been the emergence of redshirt sophomore guard Hunter Maldonado. Maldonado is averaging 17.9 points -- third-most in the conference -- and 5.8 rebounds per game.

NCAA Basketball: Colorado State at Wyoming
Wyoming Cowboys guard Hunter Maldonado (12) shoots against Colorado State Rams guard Prentiss Nixon (11)
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The 6-foot-7 guard is shooting 43.2 percent from the floor and 32.4 percent from deep. He also is leading the team in assists per contest with 3.8 -- while no other teammate is averaging more than 1.6.

Hendricks follows Maldonado with 9.7 points per game on 34.5 percent shooting, including 34.8 percent shooting from deep. Over 80 percent of Hendricks’ shots are three-point shots.

Nevada ranks No. 6 in the conference in scoring -- averaging 75.3 points per game -- while No. 7 in field goal percentage (.441) and No. 2 in three-point percentage (.389). Their offensive rating by Barttorvik is 65th-best.

The group is led by Harris, who tops the team in scoring (18.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg). He is second in the conference in scoring. Harris has reached double-digits in each of the last 13 contests and is shooting the rock at a 42.1 percent clip, including 35.3 percent from beyond the arc.

The 6-foot-5 guard is also second on the team in assists, dishing out 3.9 per game.

Senior guards Jazz Johnson (17.2 ppg) and Lindsey Drew (12.4 ppg) are the only other double-digit scorers. Johnson’s 57 total three-point baskets leads the conference and are the 13th-most across Division-I. He is shooting 42.2 percent from the floor and 44.5 percent from the three-point line.

Drew is averaging a team-best 4.5 assists per game, including 5.8 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-4 guard is shooting a career-best 52.6 percent from the floor and 41.3 percent from the three-point line.

Projected Lineups:

Nevada:

Wyoming:

Additional Links:

Wyoming Game Notes: https://bit.ly/36SUdnh

Nevada Game Notes: https://bit.ly/2tWxcRP

Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2QOwaAf