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Wolf Pack Preview: Nevada Basketball returns home to host Air Force on Tuesday

The Pack are 9-2 at home this season.

Nevada Athletics Department

Nevada (13-10, 6-5) vs. Air Force (9-13, 3-7)

When: Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m.

Where: Lawlor Events Center

TV: ESPN2 / Watch ESPN

Matchup Series: Nevada leads 12-2


Nevada men’s basketball begins its two-game home slate with hosting the Air Force Falcons (9-13, 3-7) Tuesday. The Wolf Pack have won 29 of their last 31 conference home games, including 17 straight.

Nevada has won its last eight meetings versus the Falcons. The Pack earned a 100-85 victory in the first meeting between the two teams this season — standing as Nevada’s only true road win so far this season. Jalen Harris had a season-high 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.

The Wolf Pack are tied with Utah State in the Mountain West standings at 6-5. The Falcons are ninth at 3-7.

Air Force has dropped five of its last six games, including four straight. Over its current four-game skid, AFA is getting outscored by an average of 14.5 points per contest. Opponents are shooting 44.9 percent from the field with a 39.2 percent from 3-point range in that span.

The Falcons fell 79-68 to Fresno State in their most recent affair. Sid Tomes led Air Force with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting. He dished out six assists, tying a career-high that he has reached twice prior earlier this season.

Air Force is seventh in the conference in scoring at 75.1 points per contest. AFA is shooting 46.2 percent, sporting a 38.6 3-point percentage — 13th-best in the country and 0.1 percent behind Nevada for best in the conference.

Lavelle Scottie leads Air Force with 15.1 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. He is shooting 46 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.

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Air Force Falcons forward Lavelle Scottie (12) drives to the net against Boise State Broncos forward RJ Williams (left) and guard Marcus Dickinson (0).
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Including Scottie’s 6-point performance — tying his season-low in scoring — last game versus the Bulldogs, he is averaging 17.8 points on 49.5 percent shooting in his last six games.

Ryan Swan (13.5 ppg) and A.J. Walker (12.0 ppg) are the other two double-digit scorers for Air Force.

Swan is shooting 49.8 percent from the floor and 38.0 percent from 3-point range. He is second on the team in rebounding (4.6) and steals (0.9). Swan is third on the team in 3-pointers (30) and 3-pointers made per game (1.4).

Walker is second on the team in 3-pointers (35) and in made 3-pointers per game (1.6). He is shooting 47.2 percent with an efficient 42.7 3-point percentage. Walker leads the team in assists (2.9) and third on the team in rebounding (3.5).

The Falcons have never won at Lawlor Events Center. Nevada is 9-2 (.818) at home and Air Force is 3-5 (.375) on the road this season.

Nevada is fifth in the conference at 75.7 points per game. The Pack are shooting 44.1 percent from the floor and a conference-best 38.7 percent from beyond the arc. They sit atop of the conference — No. 7 nationally — in 3-point makes with 232.

During conference play, Nevada leads the Mountain West in 3-point makes (121) and 3-point percentage (.409).

Nevada is coming off back-to-back losses on the road, where the Pack have struggled to muster up victories — standing at 1-7 (.125) in true road games this season. The Pack fell 73-64 in its most recent contest versus Boise State. Harris had his fourth 30-point game of the season — his second in as many games — in the losing effort, while no other Pack player tallied double figure scoring.

The last Wolf Pack player to total four 30-point games in a single season was Nick Fazekas in the 2005-06 season.

Harris tops Nevada with a conference-best 20 points per game. He has totaled double-digit scoring in 19 consecutive games, averaging 21.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting in that span. Harris sports a conference-best 24 points per game in 11 conference games.

The 6-foot-5 guard is second on the team in rebounding (6.1 rpg), assists (4.1) and steals (1.1 spg).

Jazz Johnson, the team’s second-leading scorer (16.3 ppg), missed last game due to right shoulder soreness. His status for Tuesday’s game is questionable. Johnson leads the conference in 3-point makes (71) and 3-point makes per game (3.2).

Nisré Zouzoua, who started in-place of Johnson, tallied five points on 2-of-10 shooting versus Boise State. Zouzoua is averaging 9.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 23.3 minutes per game. He is shooting 40.4 percent with a 40.7 3-point percentage on the season.

Lindsey Drew is the only other double-digit scorer at 11.6 points per game. He is shooting 48.3 percent and 39.1 from beyond the arc. He leads the team in rebounding (6.4 rpg), assists (4.3 apg) and steals (1.3 spg).

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Nevada looks to end two-game losing skid Tuesday