Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

40 minutes before the Nevada Wolf Pack began their season at home against the University of Idaho (#1 pre-season favorite in the Big Sky), Coach Musselman pulled out some unexpected motivation for his team in the locker room.

Coach Musselman is known for always coming up with creative motivation specifically tailored for each opponent and game. Idaho’s pregame motivation came from a surprising source, Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! While this famous children’s book was written for young kids, it is filled with awesome life lessons for people of all ages. In sports, college basketball especially, players deal with so much adversity throughout the course of a season. Many times we forget the powerful lessons we were taught growing up.

The excerpt Coach Musselman took from Oh, the Places You’ll Go! was:

"Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV."

Dr. Seuss

There is a lot of buzz around campus and around the city of Reno after Nevada won the Mountain West Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament last season. The Wolf Pack have an extremely talented roster with more depth and versatility than last year and are the preseason favorite to win the Mountain West Championship this year. Nevada also has 26 games that will be nationally televised.

The sky’s the limit for what the Wolf Pack can achieve this year. Some Pack players got chills room after hearing Coach Musselman read that verse, and explain why their first game was so important in setting the tone for the rest of the season. 

Nevada’s 6-0 start to the 2017-2018 season is just the beginning. The Wolf Pack recieved 61 votes this week, but are two spots away from reaching the Top 25. As Dr. Seuss said, there is still "so much fun to be done and games to be won." Nevada host Illinois State (a top 100 team) on Wednesday night in Lawlor, as they look to remain undefeated.