Eric Musselman

Eric Musselman

If you’ve watched any of the Wolf Pack’s games this year you’ve probably noticed the 2 rows of frenzy surrounding Coach Musselman on the bench. You may have asked yourself, what are those 9 other guys doing down there? Well here’s your answer. It’s a symphony of organized in-game analysis to help Coach Musselman coach the team. Here is a breakdown of what everyone is doing.

Tim Morris, Director of Player Development, sits to the left of Coach Muss.

He charts Offensive & Defensive Efficiency, in other words, he records the offensive & defensive play calls and results.

Anthony Ruta, Director of Operations, sits to the right of Coach Musselman. He writes the offensive play calls on the board for players to see and execute.

Jay Morris, Doug Stewart & Jermaine Kimbrough the 3 Assistant Coaches rotate responsibilities depending on who is the lead scout for the game.

Assistant 1: Foul count for both teams and time outs for Nevada

Assistant 2: Nevada substitutions

Assistant 3 (Scout Coach): Opponent’s play, Nevada’s defensive matchups

The 2nd row of seats directly behind the bench:

Jordan Sperber, Graduate Assistant

Advanced in game statistics “The 4 Factors” for Nevada Offense & Defense

  1. Effective Field Goal Percentage = (Field Goals Made) + 0.5*3P Field Goals Made))/(Field Goal Attempts)
  2. Turnover Rate = Turnovers/(Field Goal Attempts + 0.44*Free Throw Attempts + Turnovers)
  3. Offensive Rebounding Percentage = (Offensive Rebounds)/[(Offensive Rebounds)+(Opponent's Defensive Rebounds)]
  4. Free Throw Rate = (Free Throws Made)/(Field Goals Attempted) or Free Throws Attempted/Field Goals Attempted

Gabe Kindred, Graduate Assistant

Defensive Stops & 4-Minute Wars. There is a media timeout every 4 minutes in the game. We break the game down in to these periods with a goal of winning each 4-minute war.

Joey Fuca, Graduate Assistant

Paint Touches & Missed Assignments. One of the keys to great offense is penetration and ball movement therefore, paint touches can be representative of good offensive.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 22:46

Non-Conference #PackStats & New Mexico Preview

As a staff, we like to breakup our season in to 3 separate seasons; non-conference, regular season and post season. Before moving on to the second season, we broke down the non-conference season statistically. We use this to determine strengths and areas of improvement. It helps us as a coaching staff as well as helps our players perform better. Here are some of the highlights.

Pace/ Tempo

We’ve made it a point of emphasis to increase our pace of play this year. The following statistics show our progress. Only 4 Nevada games were over 70 possessions all last season. Over the 12 non-conference games, 7 were over 70 possessions. During the 2014-15 season, the Wolf Pack averaged 64 possessions per game. This season, we’re averaging 73 possessions per game, that is a 14% improvement.

Defense

One of our goals is to have an aggressive, disruptive and effective defense. We have held opponents under 1.0 point per possession in 8 out of our 12 games. On average opponents score 0.91 points per possession, which ranks our defense 24th best in the country. Teams are shooting an average effective field goal percentage (eFG%) of 43.8%, which ranks 30th in the NCAA. Finally, the Wolf Pack defense blocks 15.6% of all opponents' shots which is good for 18th in the country. The team blocks 7.1 shots per game. That is tied with The University of Memphis for 2nd in the country and only trails The University of Washington.

Player Accomplishments

Sophomore guard Eric Cooper has made marked improvements this season. In addition to being 14 of 33 from 3 over the last 5 games (42.4%) he is also leading the team in +/- on the season at +90.

Senior guards Marqueze Coleman and Tyron Criswell have also made significant strides. Coleman is shooting 60% on shots at the rim after shooting just 49% on those same shots last season, an 11% improvement. Criswell is shooting 71% on shots at the rim after shooting 52% on those shots last season, a 19% improvement. Freshman forward Cam Oliver is shooting 73% on shots at the rim.

We are happy with our improvements, but are far from satisfied. We look forward to a tough start to the conference season against the New Mexico Lobos. Junior forward Tim Williams and sophomore guards Elijah Brown and Cullen Neal lead the team. The 3 average a combined 50 points per game, which is 65% of the team’s total points. Make sure to tune in Wednesday, December 30th at 6pm PST, and as always, GO PACK!

Sunday, 20 December 2015 20:47

#PackStats Rundown

Here’s a quick #PackStats rundown going in to Tuesday’s game against Wichita State. The Wolf Pack is in the top half of the Mountain West in multiple categories.

Offensive Strengths:

The Pack is scoring 1.10 points per possession, which is good for 3rd best in the conference and is 2nd in scoring at 81.6 points per game. We are also first in both offensive rebounding percentage and turnover percentage at 37.5% and 14.1% respectively.

On the defensive end Nevada is 3rd in the conference allowing .93 points per possessions. Opponents’ average effective field goal percentage is 42.9% (2nd in MWC).  Nevada has a Mountain West 2nd best 15.7 block percentage. Finally, the Wolf Pack is 2nd best in the MWC at keeping opponents off the foul line. Opponents take around 1 free throw for every 5 field goal attempts allowed.

Stay tuned for more #PackStats! 

Thursday, 17 December 2015 18:10

Santa Clara Preview

Santa Clara is lead by the junior tandem All-WCC guard Jared Brownridge and forward Nate Kratch. Number 23 Brownridge averages 17 points per game, 2.8 assists per game and 4.7 rebounds per game with a season high 44 points against the Arizona Wildcats. He’s a great scorer and a WCC Player of The Year candidate. Nate Kratch is averaging 10.3 points per game, 9.1 rebounds per game and is shooting 65.1% from the floor. Kratch leads the WCC in offensive rebounding and is a crafty scorer on the block. Santa Clara is 4 and 7 on the year.

As a program, we’re looking forward to competing in the final game of three-game home stand, before we go on the road to play at Wichita State on the 22nd. Come out and support! Go Pack!

Monday, 14 December 2015 19:10

The Blue Crew Comes Out In Record Numbers

Prior to Saturday's game against Drake, Coach Musselman and the coaching staff passed out 100 free pizzas to the Wolf Pack students in attendance. As excitement levels around the Nevada Basketball program continue to rise on campus and around Reno, turnout for games continue to increase as well. The game vs. Drake was the highest student turnout of the year to date!  

The game between the Wolf Pack and the Drake Bulldogs was part of the Mountain West Conference-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge. Nevada's win pushed the Mountain West's lead to 5-3 with 2 games left to be played. The win also pushed Nevada's record to 7-3, its best start since 2006-2007, the last year the Wolf Pack made the tournament. The Wolf Pack led for all but 40 seconds of the game, pushing its home record to 4-0.

We will unveil our alternate black “Team Unity” uniforms today when the Wolf Pack faces the Drake University Bulldogs at 4pm. The “Team Unity” uniforms will not have the player’s names on the back but will feature Wolf Pack on the nameplate instead. A Wolf Pack depends on endurance, strength and each other when they hunt their prey. This symbolism is represented in the design and color choice of the “Team Unity” uniform. Our players are excited for the opportunity to wear them this afternoon.

“I think they are cool and different, especially with the new era of Nevada basketball. It helps bring out our tough side and shows the significance of how hard we worked to deserve these new colors”

 

-       Marqueze Coleman, Senior Guard

“As a sports fan growing up, I’ve always thought it was cool when a team has alternate uniforms in non-traditional colors.”

-       Lindsey Drew, Freshman Guard

“Coach is always talking about finding our identity as a team. I think the ‘Team Unity’ uniforms represent that. Ever since Coach got here, he’s encouraged us to spend time with each other because when we’re close off the court it shows up on the court. We’ve been in some battles and even lost a couple games this year, but we’ve always stayed together.”

-       Tyron Criswell, Senior Guard

This is the first time that I’ve had a uniform that has both the school and the mascot all in the same uniform. I love the Nevada on the front. It’s kind of a throw back to our tradition.

-       Elijah Foster, Sophomore Forward

I just think they’re fly! It’s awesome that Coach let us help design them too.

-       Cam Oliver, Freshman Forward

Our recruits are also looking forward to donning the new uniforms when they get to campus.

“Growing up in Los Angeles, style has always been huge to me. As crazy as it sounds, that played a part in my decision to come to Nevada. When Coach Muss showed me his vision for the uniforms and how he let the players design them, I was sold.”

-       Devearl Ramsey, 4 star PG Signee

I mean, how many teams in the country have 5 uniforms? When Coach Muss told me his plan for the uniforms, I was blown away!

 

-       Josh Hall, 4 star Guard Signee

We will unveil our alternate black “Team Unity” uniforms today when the Wolf Pack faces the Drake University Bulldogs at 4pm. The “Team Unity” uniforms will not have the player’s names on the back but will feature Wolf Pack on the nameplate instead. A Wolf Pack depends on endurance, strength and each other when they hunt their prey. This symbolism is represented in the design and color choice of the “Team Unity” uniform. Our players are excited for the opportunity to wear them this afternoon.

“I think they are cool and different, especially with the new era of Nevada basketball. It helps bring out our tough side and shows the significance of how hard we worked to deserve these new colors”

-       Marqueze Coleman, Senior Guard

“As a sports fan growing up, I’ve always thought it was cool when a team has alternate uniforms in non-traditional colors.”

-       Lindsey Drew, Freshman Guard

“Coach is always talking about finding our identity as a team. I think the ‘Team Unity’ uniforms represent that. Ever since Coach got here, he’s encouraged us to spend time with each other because when we’re close off the court it shows up on the court. We’ve been in some battles and even lost a couple games this year, but we’ve always stayed together.”

-       Tyron Criswell, Senior Guard

This is the first time that I’ve had a uniform that has both the school and the mascot all in the same uniform. I love the Nevada on the front. It’s kind of a throw back to our tradition.

-       Elijah Foster, Sophomore Forward

I just think they’re fly! It’s awesome that Coach let us help design them too.

-       Cam Oliver, Freshman Forward

Our recruits are also looking forward to donning the new uniforms when they get to campus.

“Growing up in Los Angeles, style has always been huge to me. As crazy as it sounds, that played a part in my decision to come to Nevada. When Coach Muss showed me his vision for the uniforms and how he let the players design them, I was sold.”

-       Devearl Ramsey, 4 star PG Signee

I mean, how many teams in the country have 5 uniforms? When Coach Muss told me his plan for the uniforms, I was blown away!

-       Josh Hall, 4 star Guard Signee

Friday, 11 December 2015 18:47

Drake Preview

Saturday’s game versus Drake is a part of the Mountain West – Missouri Valley Challenge. This will be the 4th time the 2 teams have met where the Bulldogs lead the all-time series 0-4. Drake is 4-5 on the year, most recently loosing a hard fought game 71-74 to Big East power DePaul.

Drake’s offensive attack is like a three-headed monster. Number 3 Graham Woodward, #12 Reed Timmer and #31 Kale Abrahamson average a combined 49 points per game and account for 65% of their offense. In addition to their 3 perimeter players, the Bulldogs’ front court is anchored by a pair of solid big men; 6’8” 218 pound Junior forward Kale Abrahamson and 7’0” 246 pound Junior center Jacob Enevold Jensen. As a team, Drake shoots 42% from 3, are 3rd in Missouri Valley Conference in defensive rebounding at 27.5 rebounds per game, are 15th in the country in 3 point shooting percentage at 41.7% and are 4th in the MVC in assists, averaging 13.4 per game.

I’m really looking forward to this game. It’s the 2nd leg of a 4-game home stand, our players have decided to do our one-of-a-kind pregame warmup again https://twitter.com/nevadahoops/status/674759361244213248, we’re giving out free pizza to the Blue Crew, our student section, and I think it’s an opportunity for our team to compete against a very skilled and experienced team.

Come out and support! Go Pack!

Coach Muss

https://twitter.com/nevadahoops/status/675350810067230720 

https://twitter.com/WolfPack_TV/status/675168432111951872 

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https://twitter.com/NevadaHoops/status/675406139488473088

Friday, 11 December 2015 03:40

#PackStats 12/10/15

The Wolf Pack had an impressive showing Wednesday, beating Fresno Pacific 119-70.  The victory marked one of the best offensive performances by any team in the country this season.  Here's a look at Wednesday's #PackStats...

Nevada set season highs in:

** Points per possession – Scored 1.44 points per possession

** Effective field goal percentage – 69.4%

** Offensive rebound percentage – Rebounded 57.6% of our misses

There have been 1,582 games so far this season throughout the country.  Out of every single one of those games the Wolf Pack last night had the:

** 23rd highest points per possession (out of 1,582 games)

** 53rd highest effective field goal percentage (out of 1,582 games)

** 13th highest offensive rebound percentage (out of 1,582 games)

Wednesday marked the fastest paced game since 2009:

Nevada's 83 possessions are the most in a game since 11/21/09 (a span of 201 games)

Most points scored in a half in school history (73 points in the second half)

 

Hope to see you this Saturday as Nevada hosts Drake.  Go Pack!

 

Thursday, 03 December 2015 20:06

Oregon State Game Preview

This is my inaugural blog post for our new website. I will be posting regularly, providing comments and insights on the team as well as some thoughts about the week of practice and games.

We are coming off of a win versus Holy Names where I thought we made progress as a team. We really emphasized floor spacing and sharing the ball the week of practice before. This resulted in 29 assists on 40 made field goals, while shooting 59.7% for the game versus Holy Names. The 3 biggest takeaways from the game was that it allowed us to build confidence, we were able to expand our rotation to include some guys who haven’t been playing as much and thirdly, we were able to rest some guys who have been logging heavy minutes. We were also 5-10 from 3 in the 2nd half, our highest percentage for a half all year.

All of this is important for us as we prepare to play a 5-1 Oregon State team that is coming of off a 79-70 win on Wednesday versus Loyola Marymount University. Oregon State has a balanced offensive attack led by senior guard, Gary Payton II. Defensively, they are holding their opponents to 38.6% shooting from the field and 28.8% shooting from behind the three-point line. We will look to play efficient basketball and great defense on Saturday.

In addition to preparing for Oregon State, our guys are on the final stretch of the semester this week. We are encouraging them to finish the school year strong.

We’re flying up to Corvallis Friday for a 1pm PST tip on Saturday on the Pac12 Network.

 

Go Pack!

Coach Muss

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