Men’s basketball: Nevada hosts Boise State in battle for first place in the MW

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BATTLE FOR FIRST SET FOR WEDNESDAY IN RENO

• For the second time this season, the Nevada Wolf Pack (21-6, 10-4 MW) will face off in a battle for first place in the Mountain West with the Boise State Broncos (17-8, 10-4 MW) Wednesday.

• Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lawlor Events Center, live on ESPN3. The matchup features two of the three teams atop the conference, joining Colorado State in a tie for first.

• Nevada defeated Boise State in their first matchup of the season, 76-57 on the road. It was the first victory over the Broncos in five games, since 2014.

• Lawlor has become a stronghold for the Pack this season, a near-perfect 11-1. Nevada has seen four straight crowds of 10,000+ in Lawlor, a program record, including a sellout against UNLV.

• Senior D.J. Fenner has turned it up in conference play, averaging a team-best 18.4 points per game. His overall 15.1 points per game is his highest average of the season.

• Senior Marcus Marshall found his groove again against Utah State, eclipsing 20 points for the first time in seven games with his 22. It was his 14th 20+ point game this year.
Wolf Pack Layups

• Defeating the Utah State Aggies 77-66, the Nevada Wolf Pack has moved into a three-way tie for first with Colorado State and Boise State, all at 10-4 in Mountain West play.

• The Wolf Pack is trending in the RPI back toward the 30s, currently at No. 42. The Wolf Pack is 5-2 against top 100 opponents and 13-6 against top 200 opponents.

• Nevada has beaten two schools (SDSU, Boise State) ranked in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Ranking’s top 100 and has topped a total of 14 in the top 200. KenPom puts Nevada at 68th in the nation.

• Senior D.J. Fenner moved up twice on the career scoring list in the game against the Aggies, now 15th in Wolf Pack history. Fenner has scored 1,272 points in his four seasons at Nevada. The senior moved past Kevin Soares (1988-92) and Brandon Fields (2006-10).

• Nevada was big on the boards against Utah State. For the first time since Jan. 9, 1992, three players snagged at least 10 rebounds.

• For the second game in a row and 18th this season, at least four Wolf Pack players scored in double figures against the Aggies.

• Sophomore Cameron Oliver recorded his eighth double-double of the season (and second straight) with 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Utah State. It was his fourth in the last seven games.

• Sophomore Jordan Caroline picked up double-double No. 10 on the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the game against the Aggies.

• The game against the Aggies marked the third time this season Oliver and Caroline have recorded a double-double in the same game.

• For the 14th time this season, senior Marcus Marshall netted 20 points, finishing the game against Utah State with 22.

• With his five blocks vs. the Aggies, Oliver tied his season high, now with 16 games this season and 37 in his career with at least three blocks. It marked the fifth time this season he’s swatted five balls.

• Sophomore Lindsey Drew got into double figures in the rebound column for the first time since Dec. 22, ending the game against the Aggies with 10 boards.

• Fenner netted at least 10 points for the fifth game in a row with his 18 points over Utah State. He’s eclipsed 10 points in nine of the last 10 games.

• For the first stretch since Dec. 21, Marshall is averaging less than 20 points per game (19.2 ppg).

• Sophomore Jordan Caroline is nearly averaging a double-double with his 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He’s recorded 10 double-doubles this year, including two sets of three straight. The 10 double-doubles is second in the MW.

• Nevada set a season high in regulation points with 104 at home against UNLV. The Pack also scored 105 in OT at New Mexico.

• Fenner’s 37 points against UNLV is tied for second in the Mountain West behind sophomore Jordan Caroline’s 45, giving Wolf Pack players the top two scoring games in the conference this season.

• The Pack set season highs at the charity stripe at Wyoming, attempting 37 free throws and making 31. Senior Marcus Marshall went 14-of-15 from the line, sinking his last 12 and setting a team high in free throws made.

• Sophomore Cameron Oliver’s 16 rebounds at Wyoming not only are a season high for the team, but also ranks in the top five by an opponent ever at Wyoming.

• Caroline’s 45 points at New Mexico are the fifth-most in Division I this year, the most by any player in the Mountain West this year, the most by a sophomore in the history of the Mountain West and the most by a Wolf Pack player since Kevin Franklin scored 48 against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 25, 1989.

• Nevada shot a season high 84.6 percent from the charity stripe at Fresno State, going 11-of-13 from the line. Both Fenner and sophomore Jordan Caroline were a perfect 4-of-4.

• Of the Wolf Pack’s 21 wins, 16 have come in win streaks of four, five and seven. Nevada has yet to lose back-to-back games this year and has just twice in the Musselman era, both times coming last season.

• Of Nevada’s 78.8 points per game, 69.4 have come from Marshall, Caroline, Fenner, Oliver and Drew.

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