Basketball

Pack begins play Monday at Crossover Classic

26 Th11 2021 | 03:30

2021 Mammoth Sports Construction Crossover Classic
Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 22-24
Sioux Falls, S.D. – Sanford Pentagon
Watch (all games): ESPN+ (PxP: JJ Hardigan, Analyst: Freddy Coleman)
Radio: ESPN 94.5 FM / The Varsity Network app (PxP: John Ramey)
Nevada Schedule
Monday, Nov. 22 – 4 p.m. PT
Nevada (1-3) vs. South Dakota State (4-1)
Tuesday, Nov. 23 – 4 p.m. PTNevada (1-3) vs. George Mason (4-1)Wednesday, Nov. 24 – 4 p.m. PTNevada (1-3) vs. Washington (2-2)RENO, Nev. – Nevada (1-3) prepares for Thanksgiving with a trip to Sioux Falls, S.D., for the Mammoth Sports Construction Crossover Classic at Sanford Pentagon, from Nov. 22-24.
The Pack will play three games in as many days, beginning with South Dakota State, Monday, Nov. 22, and continuing with George Mason (Nov. 23) and Washington (Nov. 24). All of Nevada’s games will tip at 4 p.m. PT.
All contests will be streamed on ESPN+. The Pack’s games in South Dakota will also be carried over the airwaves in Reno on ESPN Radio 94.5 FM and online through the Varsity Network app, with John Ramey calling the action.
UP NEXTThe Wolf Pack returns home to host Pepperdine Nov. 30, before heading to Texas for a two-game trip to North Texas (Dec. 4) and UT Arlington (Dec. 7).NEVADA AT NON-CONFERENCE MULTI-TEAM EVENTS
Nevada has filled out an impressive resumé at MTEs under Steve Alford, and overall, over the past five seasons.
In two previous seasons under Alford, the Pack is 5-0 at MTEs, with two titles, capturing the Paradise Jam (3-0) in the U.S. Virgin Islands in Nov. 2019, then going 2-0 to win the Golden Window Classic in Lincoln, Neb., last November.
Prior to that, the Pack went 4-0 at the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.
Headed into this week, Nevada has won nine-straight at MTEs, with the last loss coming Dec. 23, 2017, at the 2017 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic (66-64 against San Francisco).
AN MTE STOPPING A SKID?
Two years ago, Nevada entered the Paradise Jam off of two-straight losses (against USC, and at Davidson), needing a spark. And the Pack got just that, going 3-0 to caputre the event crown, picking up wins over Fordham, Valparaiso, and Bowling Green.
That performance in the U.S. Virgin Islands springboarded to the Pack to a 5-2 finish to its non-conference slate that season, as well as a win in its Mountain West opener, a 100-85 rout of Air Force that Dec. 7.
SCOUTING SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
South Dakota State (4-1) brings a three-game winning streak into this week’s Crossover Classic, with that run including wins over Stephen F. Austin, Montana State, and Presentation College.
The Jackrabbits are led by the play of Noah Friedel (19.2 ppg, 53.3 FG pct.) and Douglas Wilson (13.2 ppg, 53.1 FG pct.).
Nevada leads the all-time series with South Dakota State, 3-1.
SCOUTING GEORGE MASON
George Mason (4-1) dropped its first decision of the season Friday, falling 67-64 at James Madison. The Patriots have a top-20 win to their record, having defeated then-No. 20 Maryland, 71-66, Nov. 17.
The Patriots are led by Josh Oduro (15.8 ppg, 60.3 FG pct.) and D’Shawn Schwartz (15.4 ppg, 16 3-pointers).
Tuesday’s meeting will be the first between Nevada and George Mason.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON
Washington (2-2) has split its four games on the season, most recently falling, 77-72 in double overtime, to Wyoming.
The Huskies get 20.8 points per game from Terrell Brown Jr., with Jamal Bey adding 11.3 points a game.
Nevada and Washington have split their eight all-time meetings, with the Pack on a three-game winning streak.
LAST TIME OUT
Nevada’s slide reached three games with Thursday night’s 73-70 loss at San Francisco.
The Pack shot 60.0 percent and went 6-for-8 from deep in the opening half, building a 10-point lead at the break. But San Francisco scored the first 11 points of the second half to erase the Nevada lead, and the back-and-forth battle was settled when the Dons’ Jamaree Bouyea hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 33.3 seconds remaining.
Will Baker scored a career-high 24 points for the Pack in the loss, going 10-for-12 from the field and hitting thrice from deep. It was the second 20-point game of Baker’s career, and first in a Nevada uniform.
BAKER’S (TWO) DOZEN
Redshirt sophomore center Will Baker posted a career night and his best performance in a Nevada uniform Thursday at San Francisco, going for 24 points on 10-for-12 shooting.
Baker, playing his first season for the Pack after transferring from Texas midway through 2020-21, posted his second-career 20-point game, the first coming in a Longhorns uniform in a 20-point effort against TCU Feb. 19, 2020.
Through four games, Baker is averaging 13.5 points and shooting 59.5 percent from the field, including 60.0 percent (6-for-10) from 3-point range.