Breakdown: Fresno State at Nevada

Breakdown: Fresno State at Nevada

Fresno State and Nevada meet for the second time in conference play. The Wolf Pack came away with a 96-86 double overtime win in Fresno in January. Bulldog Playbook breaks down how the two teams match up in round two.

Fresno State (11-13, 4-7) at Nevada (12-12, 7-4)

Point Guard
#3 Cezar Guerrero (6-1, 190, So.) 14.2 ppg, 4 apg
#24 Deonte Burton (6-1, 190, Sr.) 20.7 ppg 3.9 apg

Deonte Burton had a season-high 32 points in the double overtime game versus the Bulldogs earlier this year. Burton can go off for 25+ points on any given night, however. Guerrero averaged 20.5 points on over 50 percent shooting in his last two games that helped guide the Bulldogs past Air Force and San Jose State.

Advantage: Nevada

Shooting Guard
#1 Tyler Johnson (6-4, 186, Sr.) 15.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg
#23 Michael Perez (6-3, 190, Jr.) 11.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.2 apg

Tyler Johnson has scored at least 14 points in each of his last 10 games and has been very efficient while doing do. Michael Perez had a poor shooting night against the Bulldogs in January but contributed with 9 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in 44 minutes.

Advantage: Fresno State

Small Forward
#23 Marvelle Harris (6-4, 212, So.) 14.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg
#2 Jerry Evans Jr. (6-8, 210, Sr.) 13.4 ppg, 6 rpg

Jerry Evans Jr. continues to have a solid senior season for the Wolf Pack. At 6-foot-8 he can match up with either Harris or Johnson on defense. Both of the Bulldogs' off-ball guards earned double-doubles against Nevada, however. Harris comes off his best shooting night in a month.

Advantage: Fresno State

Power Forward
#22 Paul Watson (6-7, 187, Fr.) 10 ppg, 4.8 rpg
#13 Cole Huff (6-8, 205, So.) 11.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg

Cole Huff had a career night versus the Bulldogs in Fresno earlier this season, scoring 31 points with 8 rebounds. Huff will be looking to take advantage of the same matchup on Wednesday. Paul Watson is looking to get his 3-point shot going again after making just 1 of 12 in the Bulldogs' three game winning streak.

Advantage: Nevada

Center
#10 Alex Davis (6-9, 205, Jr.) 5.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg
#3 A.J. West (6-9, 230, Jr.) 8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.9 bpg

Nevada had two 30-point scorers against the Bulldogs earlier this season but AJ West was just as big of a game changer. He only scored 5 points, but had 8 blocks and 13 rebounds. He's continues to be a force near the rim for the Wolf Pack, racking up boards and blocks while being an efficient scorer around the rim. Alex Davis is giving the Bulldogs reliable minutes at center.

Advantage: Nevada

Benches

Fresno State's bench outscored the Wolf Pack 25-4 in the previous meeting, although Alex Davis has since regained his starting position. The Bulldogs' Allen Huddleston will have the biggest impact off the bench on Wednesday.

Advantage: Fresno State

Coaches: Rodney Terry vs. David Carter

Carter and Terry have met five times now with Carter coming away victorious in four of the five meetings. Three of those games went into overtime, however. Terry's win over Nevada came last season in Reno in overtime.

Advantage: Nevada

Intangibles

Nevada started conference play very strong while Fresno State started on the opposite end of the standings. The Wolf Pack have now lost back-to-back games after a 7-2 start and Fresno State has strung together three wins in a row after a 1-7. The Bulldogs come into this game with the momentum

Advantage: Fresno State

Prediction

Fresno State and Nevada seem destined to have a thriller every time they meet on the court. Huff doesn't score 30 points again, but Nevada still gets strong showings from Burton, Evans and West. Nevada puts a stop to Fresno State's winning streak by a slim margin.

Prediction: Nevada 76, Fresno State 74


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