Nevada-Utah State preview

NEVADA (12-8, 4-4) AT

UTAH STATE (11-8, 3-5)

When: Today, 6 p.m.

Where: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)

TV/Radio: ROOT Sports/Nevada and 630 AM

Coaches: Nevada’s Eric Musselman and Utah State’s Tim Duryea are both in their first year.

Probable starters: NEVADA — F: Cameron Oliver (11.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Elijah Foster (2.3, 2.7); G: Marqueze Coleman (17.8, 4.6), D.J. Fenner (12.2, 4.5) and Lindsey Drew (5.2, 4.2). UTAH STATE: F — Jalen Moore (14.8, 6.1) and Lew Evans (9.2, 5.6); G — Darius Perkins (6.9, 2.3), Shane Rector (8.6, 2.2) and Chris Smith (14.0, 6.2).

NOTES: Nevada has attempted a total of 203 free throws, second-most in the Mountain West ... The Pack’s 3-point stats are horrible. Nevada is connecting on just 27.2 percent of its 125 attempts, which is last in the conference ... Nevada averaged 5.3 blocks and 7.4 steals per contest. Both stats are good for No. 2 in the conference ... Nevada is 5-3 in games decided by five points or less ... The Pack is 5-6 in games away from Lawlor Events Center. Nevada has seven home wins this year, matching its total win total at home in each of the last two seasons ... Utah State leads the serie between the schools, 35-15, and has won the last three meetings between the schools ... Perkins has started 50 straight games for the Aggies as has Chris Smith ... Moore is 71 points away from reaching the 1,000-point plateau. He has played 30-plus minutes in 10 straight games and 14 of the last 15 ... The Aggies are 4-0 when holding teams to less than 40 percent field goal percentage ... The Aggies are 18-3 against Nevada at home.


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