Eric Mussleman

Eric Mussleman

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 21:59

Happy Birthday to Jordan Caroline

On behalf of our staff, we want to wish a happy birthday to Redshirt Senior Jordan Caroline. 

Jordan is entering his 4th season with the Wolf Pack and has been a special part to what our program has accomplished over the past 4 seasons. 

He took a risk and joined a 9-22 because he wanted to help turn around a program and be a part of something special. 4 years later and Jordan has done just that. The type of character that he displays on a daily basis on the court and in our community shows the type of leader and person that he is within our program.

Caroline has been one of the main reasons our program has gained national recognition over the years. He has helped rewrite the history books and will go down as one of the greatest scoers and rebounders to ever put on a Nevada jersey. 

We want to thank Jordan for everything that he has done for Nevada basketball and hope he has a blessed birthday!

Monday, 14 January 2019 21:07

Pack Tours Oakland

After defeating Fresno State on Saturday, the Pack drove up to Oakland to spend the day there on Sunday. 

The players and staff made a pit stop at the Oakland Raiders practice facility and got a tour. 

The tour consisted of our players being able to see where they practice, their weight room, locker room and nutrition area. We got a chance to see first hand the entire operation that keeps the Raiders going. 

On top of that, the same night we spent an hour at the Golden State Warriors practice facility where our players were abe to get a workout in. 

Not only were our players able to use the facility but also able to see what the Warriors chart during practice and workouts. 

The day consisted of our players not only seeing how these professional organizations operate but learning lessons on what it takes to get to that level and the work that must be put in.

This was a great opportunity for our players to view two historic organizations before we hit the road to Boise. We want to thank the Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors for their hospitality.

 

Monday, 14 January 2019 00:40

Strength of the Pack in Fresno

The strength of the Pack was obvious in Fresno, California last night as Nevada improved to 16-1 with a quality road win over Fresno State. 

Fresno State came into the game without a loss in Mountain West play and a total record of 12-3. 

The Pack got off to a hot start and battled throughout the game to get the victory. Jordan Caroline had another double double and surpassed 1,000 rebounds for his career. 

One of the reasons that we were able to come out on top was because of the hundreds plus Pack fans that bussed to Fresno from Reno to cheer us on. The energy of our fans was evident and contagious throughout the game. It helped fuel our guys to play at the best of their ability.

Seeing Pack fans take over an opposing teams arena with the "Wolf-Pack" chant is truly special and we want to thank you all for it.

We hope to see you all in Idaho as we face Boise State who sits at the top of the Mountain West at 3-0. Go Pack!

Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:00

Pack Headlines #SCTop10 After Win

The Pack bounced back to improve to 15-1 after defeating San Jose State 92-53 at the Lawlor Events Center last night. The game consisted of a the Pack displaying a swarming defense and high powered offense for a full 40 minutes. 

After the game, our play gained national recognition as two of our plays from the game made it on SportCenter Top 10. 

The high flying dunk from Jordan Caroline in transiton came in at #6 on the top 10, while Caleb Martin's monster block was the #3 play on the night. 

Caroline finished the game shooting 8-12 from the field for 19 points and Martin tallied 23 off the bench after going 6-6 from 3FG in the 2nd half. 

Martin, the reigning Mountain West Player of the Year, selflessly told the coaching staff he wanted to come off the bench because of his play in recent games. This speaks volumes to the leader that Caleb is and the culture that we have here at Nevada. Within our program, it is all about the team and having our best player sacrifice for the betterment of the team truly reflects the leader that he is. 

To make #SCTop10 is an honor but to have two plays from the same game on the list in unbelievable. We want to thank our fans for the support on the night, as we couldn't have won that game without them. Also, we want to thank ESPN for the recognition!

 Check out the highights from SportsCenter below!

Friday, 04 January 2019 16:51

Wolf Pack Film Room: Defense to Offense

The Wolf Pack used their defense to will our team to victory Wednesday night against Utah State. The Aggies came into the game averaging 81.4 points per game and the Pack held them to a season low 49. This was the best defensive effort of the year for the Pack and it came against one of the best scoring teams in the country. 

It was a group effort from all 9 players who stepped on the floor. Pack players studied our game plan and did a great job in executing it. 

When we got defensive stops, we were able to get out in transition. From the opening tip, our defense led to offense. 

On the night, the Pack had a season high 15 steals and forced Utah State to 20 turnovers. This resulted in us scoring 23 points off of turnovers and 19 fast break points. 

It is evident that this is a different defensive team from last year. Our team has bought into playing on the defensive side of the ball as we currently rank 25th in the country, while giving up only 92.5 points per 100 possessions. 

In turn, our defense has led to our best offense. Take a look at the clips below to see how our ability to get defensive stops resulted in us scoring the ball on the other end of the floor. 

 

Thursday, 03 January 2019 17:49

Pack Make History in Conference Opener

The Pack starts Mountain West Conference play 1-0 after a 72-49 win against Utah State last night in Reno. The win improves our record to 14-0, which is the best start in the history of Nevada Basketball.

In front of the 11th largest crowd in Nevada Basketball history, the Pack used a a great offensive start and 40 minutes of lock down defense to will our team to victory. 

The Pack held Utah State to 49 points last night, the lowest amount a team has scored against us all year. The last time Nevada held a team under 50 points was 11/15/2014 versus Cal Poly. Utah State came into this game as one of the best offensive teams in the country averaging 81.4 points per game. The last time they were held under 50 points was 1/31/2015 versus San Diego State. 

We knew in order to win this game we had to hold them well under their season scoring average. Pack players stepped up to the challenge and delivered our best defensive effort of the year. 

A huge factor in the game was the 11,224 fans in Lawlor creating energy for us. To play in front of the best fans in the country night in and night out makes our job alot easier and makes it more difficult for our opponents when they step into Lawlor.

We appreciate your support and will need it again next Wednesday, January 9th at 8pm as we play San Jose State! Go Pack!

Tuesday, 01 January 2019 17:30

Nevada Basketball: Back Against the Wall

Coach Musselman and the Pack staff wanted our team to play with our backs against the wall. 

In the lockeroom pregame, Muss had everyone stand up and put their backs against the wall and said, "The last four games we have started slow. We have come out flat and had to and had to fight our way back for a win. Once we get down, we start to play with our backs against the wall because where is the only place we can go? Forward."

Coach Muss was fired up and you can tell our guys were locked in. We wanted to get off to a better start this game and not dig ourselves a big hole in the first half. 

"You have to fight each second of the game as if there is nowhere else to go but forward. Feel the wall behind you and understand you have nowhere to go. It is in this room that we have to start with our backs against the wall and with the kind of emotion that we're moving only moving forward once we get out on the court. Play angry. The only way to leave this arena is if we play with the energy, enthusiasm and effort we know how to from the jump. There is no where else to go but forward!"

Pack players heard this message loud and clear and put together a great 40 minute effort that resulted in in a 86-71 victory against Utah in Salt Lake City. 

We want to have this mentality going into every game for the rest of the season. We are going to be playing with our backs against the wall and bringing the energy we need to win for 40 minutes. 

Come watch us play with our backs against the wall tomorrow as we start conference play against Utah State for the first game of 2019!

The #6 Pack are off to the best start in program history and a big reason for our success is the efficiency of Jazz Johnson. 

Jazz is currently leading the country in effective field goal percentage (eFG%) and offensive rating (ORtg). He is the #1 player in all of college basketball in those categories.

Effective Field Goal Percentage is calculated by the player's points produced per 100 possessions. 

Offensive Rating takes into considering that 3 point field goals are worth more than 2 point field goals, and as we all know, shooting the 3 is what Jazz is known for.

This kind of efficiency coming off the bench is the spark that the Pack needs night in and night out. After going 4-4 from 3FG last night, Jazz is now shooting an impressive 59.6% from beyond the arc. He also comes in as our 3rd leading scorer with 12.3 points per game in his 26.9 minutes per game. 

On top of his impressive shooting, Jazz also has 21 assists and just 3 turnovers through his 12 games played. 

Jazz is a great example of how we want to play basketball by efficienctly shooting the three ball and not turning the ball over. 

 

 

Saturday, 29 December 2018 23:55

Pack Concludes Non-Conference Schedule Unbeaten

For the first time in program history, the Nevada Wolf Pack finishes non-conference play undefeated with a record of 13-0. 

The historical start for our program has came after winning all 6 home games at Lawlor Events Center, 4 neutral site games, 3 true road games, defeating 3 Power 5 opponents, and beating 1 Top 25 opponent. 

The #6 Pack has battled adversity through each one of these 13 games and most importantly, has found a way to win. 

We have an average winning margin of 15.3 points while our defense is holding opponents to 67.5 points per game. This team's ability to defend has been a point of emphasis this season and Pack player's have bought into what we are emphasizing on the defensive side of the ball.

The support of Nevada Basketball fans has been tremendous throughout our non conference schedule as everywhere we go we can hear our fans taking over the arena we are playing in. We could not have done this without support of our fans and look forward to continuing the season as we move into conference play. 

We host Utah State on January 2nd back home at Lawlor, hope to see you there. Go Pack!

Thursday, 27 December 2018 16:44

Nevada Basketball: Highlighted Box Scores

Nevada Basketball will start and finish preparing for our opponents with highlighted box scores. 

Highlighted box scores are our way to highlight and emphaisze what other teams have had success with, have struggled with, and the success/struggles their opponents have been having against them. We will prepare our players with highlighted box scores of our opponents last 5 games and the last time that they have played against Nevada. This is important because it highlights everything that we need to know about the opponents without leaving anything out. For example, it is easy to remember a teams leading scorer averages 20ppg but the highlighted box score will also show you they get 4 offensive rebounds per game as well. Therefore, we know we will not only have to limit their scoring but their offensive rebounding as well.

We approach the highlighted box score with a simple rule, stats highlighted in yellow are good for Nevada and stats highlighted in pink are bad for Nevada. Looking at the example below, you can see that Akron's Banks has his 3FG attempts highlighted in pink and Utomi has his rebounds highlighted in pink. Also, Jordan Carolines rebounds are highlighted in pink. Pink highlights mean this was not good for Nevada, as we want Jordan Caroline to have more than 4 rebounds per game and we cannot allow an opponent to get 10 rebounds or go 3-5 from 3FG. 

Highlighted in yellow, you can see that Akron's Free Throw Attempts were yellow and Jazz Johnson's 3FG and Free Throw attempts were yellow. This indicates that we did a good job of not fouling and only giving up 8 FTA's the entire game and also how efficient Jazz was by going 2-3 from 3FG and 4-4 from the charity stripe.

This is a great way to get a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of not only your opponents but also of your own team. By doing so, you are not leaving out any stats or details that may go unnoticed other wise. 

We file these highlighted box scores and will look back at them the next time we play an opponent to see what we had success with and areas we need to improve on from the last time we played.

Take a look at the box score from our Akron game and see what was highlighted!

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