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Wolf Pack Preview: Nevada Basketball seeks third straight road win versus Wyoming

Nevada v New Mexico Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images

Nevada (18-10, 11-5) vs. Wyoming (7-21, 2-14)

When: Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. PST

Where: Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyo.

TV: AT&T SportsNet

Matchup Series: Wyoming leads 14-8

Breakdown:

Nevada men’s basketball seeks its final road win of the regular season versus the Wyoming Cowboys (7-21, 2-14) Tuesday in Laramie, Wyo.

Nevada is tied with Utah State for second place in the Mountain West standings at 11-5. Wyoming is last at 2-14.

The Wolf Pack ride a five-game win streak into Arena-Auditorium, tying its longest win streak this season. Wyoming has dropped 12 of its last 14 games, including a 68-67 loss to Nevada in its first meeting of the season. Jalen Harris’ game-winning layup with nine seconds left clinched the Wolf Pack victory.

Hunter Maldonado led the Cowboys with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting.

Wyoming’s most recent game resulted in a 78-72 road victory over Air Force. Greg Milton III exploded for a career-high 28 points off the bench — more than doubling his previous career high (12) — on 9-of-14 shooting off the bench. The 6-foot-3 sophomore hit four 3-pointers on seven attempts in 35 minutes.

The Cowboys rank last in the conference in scoring at 61.1 points per game — 8.3 points fewer than the second-lowest total (Fresno State - 69.4 ppg). They rank second-worst in the conference in field goal percentage (.411) and 3-point percentage (.304).

Maldonado is Wyoming’s only double-digit scorer at 16.8 points per game. He is shooting a career-best 43.6 percent from the floor and 29.6 percent from 3-point range this season.

Wyoming v New Mexico
Hunter Maldonado #24 of the Wyoming Cowboys drives against Vance Jackson #2 of the New Mexico Lobos.
Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images

Maldonado leads Wyoming and is fifth in the conference in assists (4.7). He also leads the team in rebounding at 5.7 per game.

Tuesday marks Wyoming’s Senior Night. The Cowboys plan to honor two seniors: A.J. Banks and Jake Hendricks. Both played just two seasons with Wyoming.

Banks is averaging 4.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in 28 games (25 starts) this season. In his Cowboy career, Banks averaged 5.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in 60 games (43 starts).

Hendricks is tallying 9.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, starting in 28 games this season for Wyoming. His 69 3-pointers leads the team and is fourth-most in the conference. Hendricks averaged 10 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 51 career contests with Wyoming.

Wyoming is 4-12 (.250) at home this season. Nevada is a struggling 3-7 (.300) on the road, but have won two straight road contests against intrastate rival UNLV and New Mexico.

Nevada is coming off a 78-76 thrilling victory at home versus Fresno State. Harris led the Pack with 20 points on 7-of-20 shooting.

The Wolf Pack are second in the conference at 77.5 points per game. They are seventh in field goal percentage (.448), but rank atop the conference — T-11 nationally — in 3-point percentage (.383). Nevada has the 8th-most 3-pointers in the nation with 282.

Harris, in contention for the Mountain West Player of the Year award, leads Nevada and the conference with 21.6 points per game. He leads the conference with 25.6 points in 16 conference games. Harris has tallied double-digit scoring in 24 consecutive games.

The 6-foot-5 guard is second on the team in rebounds (6.4 rpg) and assists (4.0 apg).

Jazz Johnson (16.2 ppg) and Lindsey Drew (11.2 ppg) are the other two Pack double-digit scorers.

Johnson is second in the conference in total 3-pointers (84) and first in 3-pointers made per game (3.2). The 5-foot-10 sharpshooter — shooting 42.2 percent from beyond the arc — has three-plus 3-pointers in 19 games this season and four-plus in nine games.

Drew is shooting 48.1 percent from the floor and 39 percent from 3-point range on the season. He leads the team in rebounding (6.7 rpg) and assists (4.3 apg).

Nisre Zouzoua is fourth on the team in scoring at 9.9 points per contest. He has tallied double-digits in seven out of his last nine games — averaging 13.2 points on 50 percent shooting in that span.

Projected Starters:

Nevada Wolf Pack

Position Number Name Class Height PPG RPG APG FG%
Position Number Name Class Height PPG RPG APG FG%
G 14 Lindsey Drew Sr. 6-5 11.1 6.6 4.1 .479
G 22 Jazz Johnson Sr. 5-10 15.9 3.3 2 .414
G 2 Jalen Harris Jr. 6-5 21.8 6.3 3.9 .454
F 1 Robby Robinson Soph. 6-8 2.7 5 0.9 .523
F 12 Johncarlos Reyes Sr. 6-10 4.7 4.2 0.6 .556

Wyoming Cowboys

Position Number Name Class Height PPG RPG APG FG%
Position Number Name Class Height PPG RPG APG FG%
G 0 Jake Hendricks Sr. 6-5 10.3 4 1.2 .330
G 2 A.J. Banks Sr. 6-2 5.1 2.8 1.7 .495
G 3 Kwane Marble II Fr. 6-6 7.3 2.7 0.9 .484
G 24 Hunter Maldonado So. 6-7 16.3 5.5 4 .434
F 11 TJ Taylor So. 6-6 7.1 3.4 0.5 .485

Additional Links:

Nevada Game Notes: https://go.aws/32oZG3R

Wyoming Game Notes: https://go.aws/3801jWx

Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2Vhf28K