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By Felix Adamo/ The Californian
BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Cal State Bakersfield gets to check out its other basketball home tonight.
For the first time this season, the Roadrunners (2-1) will play in Rabobank Arena when they play host to the Nevada at 7 p.m.
Nevada (2-1) at CSUB (2-1)
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Rabobank Arena
Radio: KERN 1180 AM
Series: Nevada leads 1-0
Last meeting: Nevada 61, CSUB 47, Feb. 12, 2012, in Reno
Both of CSUB's wins came in the Icardo Center.
"It's really not that much different," said CSUB senior guard Zach Lamb, comparing the downtown arena to the more quaint on-campus Icardo Center. "Maybe it's a little colder down there."
"That's because they have ice under the floor," senior guard Issiah Grayson added. "But you gotta play. If there's a court and two rims, you've got to make do."
Leading scorer Javonte Maynor said it doesn't matter where they play.
"You just look at the basket and try to put the ball in," said the junior guard.
He is averaging 9.7 points per contest so far.
Nevada (2-1) has three seniors and five juniors among its players. The Wolf Pack's top player,6-foot-1 senior point guard Deonte Burton, is coming off a 31-point game Friday in a 90-88 win over the University of San Francisco.
"They're talented. They come in with great size," CSUB coach Rod Barnes said. "Burton, their point guard, is one of the preseason all-conference guys in their league. ... Nevada has veterans. We'll have our work cut out for us."
Burton averages 25.3 points per game. He was a third-team All-Mountain West Conference pick last season. The No. 9 all-time leading scorer in Nevada's history, he's on pace to be No. 2 by the time his career ends this season.
Burton was also one of 29 collegiate players who were invited to try out for USA Basketball Men's World University Games team over the summer. He did not make the 12-member team, however.
All three of the Wolf Pack's games have been decided by two points this season. They have lost to Pacific, 80-78, and beaten Cal Poly 60-58.
Stockdale High graduate Jordan Burris, who played the last three years at Nevada, has left the program and has transferred to Division II Cal State San Bernardino.