A year ago, in Reno, the Fresno State Bulldogs didn't allow Nevada guard Deonte Burton to do a great deal of damage.
He got up 14 shots, but made only five of them in scoring just 12 points with what at that point was a season-high five turnovers in 43 minutes of a game the Bulldogs would win in overtime.
But Bulldogs coach Rodney Terry said what they did in that game against Burton will not necessarily translate on Wednesday, when the Bulldogs play Nevada at the Save Mart Center. He's still dynamic, but different.
"There's no player in our league that's going to stop that guy one on one. You're not going to stop him one on one. That's a team effort," Terry said. "I'll say this for him, too, he's really matured as a player because a year ago he would force some shots and he's not doing that this year.
"He's really playing within the team structure. He's really trusting his teammates a whole lot better this year and it just shows that he's really matured as a player, along with being a really good player."
But Burton again will have to be a focal point for the Bulldogs, who are looking to break a three-game losing streak, dropping games at Colorado State, at San Diego State and to New Mexico, teams that are fifth, first and second in the conference standings.
The 6-foot-1 senior is leading the Mountain West in scoring with 20.9 points per game and is taking 26.1% of the shots put up by the Wolf Pack, the highest percentage in the conference. That number swells to 28.9% when Nevada is on the road.
Burton comes off a loss to Boise State in which he hit only 1 of 8 shots and scored seven points, the fewest he has had since scoring six in a victory over Yale on Dec. 28, 2012.
If the Bulldogs can do the same or something similar as last year, their chances at a victory obviously go up a bit -- the Nevada is 1-11 the past 12 times Burton has scored fewer than 15 points.
"When you're guarding a guy like him, it's a team effort," Terry said. "As much as you can do a great job guarding him with more than one person, that's what you have to do."
Huddleston on verge of 1,000
Fresno State senior Allen Huddleston is closing in on the 1,000th point of his college career.
The senior from Merced needs just four points to get there and become the second Bulldogs player to hit the milestone this season, joining Tyler Johnson.
Huddleston scored the first 535 points of his career at Pacific, transferring to Fresno State before his junior season. He has scored 461 for the Bulldogs, and is averaging 9.6 per game this season.
Comparing the records
Nevada is tied for second in the MW at 4-1, the wins coming at San Jose State, against Wyoming, at UNLV and against Utah State, which are a combined 6-14 in conference play. The loss is at home against Boise State, which is 3-2.
Fresno State is in 10th at 1-5, the losses coming against UNLV, at Boise State, at Colorado State, at San Diego State and to New Mexico, which are a combined 17-9. The win is at home against Air Force.
Nevada playing tough defense
Nevada has allowed only 61.4 points a game in MW play with opponents hitting a league-low 36.7% of their shots, which could make the going difficult for Fresno State.
The Bulldogs have failed to hit 40% of their shots four times in six conference games including three in a row -- 34.6% at Colorado State, 38.2 at San Diego State and 36.7 against New Mexico.
Men's basketball: Fresno State vs. Nevada
** Wednesday: 7 p.m. at the Save Mart Center
** Records: Bulldogs 8-11, 1-5 MW; Wolf Pack 9-9, 4-1
** Radio: KFIG (AM 940)
** Series: Nevada leads 50-38 overall, Fresno State leads 24-19 in Fresno