Little Rock at Nevada: What to watch for as Wolf Pack returns to action

Wildfires raging across California have postponed a number of sporting events in recent days, but Nevada football is still scheduled to play at San Jose State on Saturday at 2 p.m.

SJSU athletics released the following statement Thursday afternoon regarding its senior day game: “San Jose State Universitys final home football game of the season against the University of Nevada remains a November 17, 2:00 p.m. (PT) contest in CEFCU Stadium.”

Nevada athletics told Nevada Sports Net it has been in contact with the Spartans in case a last-minute change in venue is required.

“Weve been monitoring the situation and have been in touch with San Jose State officials and the Mountain West office throughout the week,” Nevada spokesperson Chad Hartley told NSN. “The Nevada-San Jose State game is currently on as scheduled in CEFCU Stadium in San Jose on Saturday.”

The formula for winning early in the season for Nevada has been the success of their dynamic senior duo, Caleb Martin and Jordan Caroline. Both forwards have made significant contributions, including scoring in double figures in back-to-back games. Teams are going to have a difficult time keeping one of them in check, much less both of them over the course of a 40-minute basketball game.

Poor air quality in Sacramento could force a change in venue for the football game between UC Davis and Sacramento State in Davis, Calif. Mackay Stadium is one of the sites being looked at to host the game, if necessary, but no change has been made at this point. The UC Davis-Sac State game is scheduled for noon Saturday.

The Little Rock Trojans will travel to the Lawlor Events Center to take on the 6th ranked Nevada Wolf Pack this Friday night in College Basketball action.

On the season, Little Rock is averaging 92.0 ppg on 56.3% shooting from the field. The Trojans are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Little Rock has been led by Markquis Nowell (19.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.0 spg), Kris Bankston (16.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.5 spg, 2.5 bpg), Rayjon Tucker (14.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Jaizec Lottie (12.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg). Defensively, Little Rock is allowing their opponents to average 79.5 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Trojans have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of 2.5.

The Little Rock Trojans are looking for their third consecutive win on Friday when they go on the road to take on the Nevada Wolf Pack. Things are already off to a much smoother start for the Trojans with Darrell Walker as the head coach. Their last couple wins came over SE Oklahoma State and Tennessee State. Meanwhile, the Wolf Pack are coming off wins over Pacific and BYU.

The 6th ranked Nevada Wolf Pack remained undefeated on the season, improving to 2-0 on the year, after defeating the Pacific Tigers, 83-61, this past Friday night. Nevada was outstanding from beyond the arc and had no trouble pulling away from the Tigers after taking a 66-45 lead with 8:36 left in regulation. Nevada shot 44.6% from the field and 48.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. The Wolf Pack outrebounded Pacific by a 41-35 margin and committed just 7 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Wolf Pack was Caleb Martin who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Nevada is averaging 84.5 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Wolf Pack are averaging 11.5 three-pointers per game on 39.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Nevada has been led by Caleb Martin (21.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Jordan Caroline (20.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), TreShawn Thurman (9.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.5 bpg), and Cody Martin (5.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 10.5 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Nevada is holding their opponents to an average of 65.5 ppg on 39.5% shooting from the field. The Wolfpack have a rebound margin of 5.0 and a turnover margin of 1.5.

The Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Wolf Pack are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 19-8-1 ATS in their last 28 games following an ATS win.

Martin scored a team-high 22 points, six rebounds and three assists to lead the Wolf Pack past the Pacific Tigers on Friday. A few days after scoring 25 points in the win over BYU, Caroline turned in 16 points, four rebounds and two assists against the Tigers. It was a lopsided win that helped the Wolf Pack climb to the No. 6 spot in the NCAA rankings.

Little Rock has had a nice start to their season but lets not get carried away with the Trojans as this is a team that won just 7 games last year and returned just 4 players from last years squad. Nevada is one of the most talented and experienced teams in the country led by Jordan Caroline and the Smith twins and are solid in pretty much every aspect of the game. Little Rock doesnt have much size in the front-court and although this is a huge number, I think Nevada rolls in this one and wins this by 30. Take Nevada to cover.


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