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.

Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:31

Sports Illustrated: Eric Musselman

Sports Illustrated and Tim Layden, one of the most recognized sports writers in the industry, featured Coach Musselman and Nevada bsketball in the most recent edition of the magazine. Layden spent a few days in Reno following our program during practices and Coach Musselman throughout his every day life. 

The article covers Nevada Basketball but also Coach Musselman's history starting from him getting his first head coaching position at the age of 23 to now. It references Coach Musselman's family life, what is it like to coach with his son on staff and also the impact his father, Bill Musselman, had on his career. 

This article is a great representation of life as a basketball coach both on and off the court. 

Take a look at the article here - Sports Illustrated Eric Musselman

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 19:34

The Ringer and Coach Muss

Nevada Basketball continues to be recognized on a national stage and it continued with an article from The Ringer. 

The article touches on the success that Coach Musselman has brought to the University of Nevada in 3 years and how quickly the program has become national known. It also goes into stories about Coach Musselman before his time at Nevada and how his experience shaped him intothe coach he is today. Of course, the article metions the Muss Bus and how Coach Musselman is known for rippinghis shirt off after a big win.

This is a great article and brings awareness to the accomplishments of our progrm over the past 3 years and the good things we have done for our university.

Link to the article - The Ringer and Coach Musselman

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 17:02

Wolf Pack Film Room: Week 1 Recap

The Wolf Pack are off to a good start at 2-0 with our next game coming this Friday agaist Arkansas Little Rock. Our Wolf Pack Film Room segment is going to take a look at our games and break down the film to see certain areas we can imporve on and areas we had success in. This will provide a learning experience for our staff and other coaches viewing these posts. 

In our first two games, we have made 23 three point field goals. The Pack got hot from three in our last game knocking down 15 of our 31 three point attempts. Taking a closer look at how we were able to knock down 15 three's in a game, we realized it had alot to do with our willingness to share the basketball. 

Pack players have the ability to beat their defender off the dribble and penetrate the defense. Ideally, we would like them to get into the paint to draw as much help as possible. When they get to this spot, they are a threat to score the ball but more importantly they draw help and have the ability to find open shooters. We love the concept of "Inside-Out Passes", especially for 3pt shot attempts. Inside out passes allow the shooter to be shot ready and get into their natural rhythm shooting the ball. We have found that 3pt shot attempts that come from inside-out passes have a significantly higher percentage of being made compared to 3pt shot attempts sprinting the floor in transition, coming off screens, shooting off the dribble, etc. When your man goes to help and you recieve an inside out pass, we want you to be shot ready and shoot the ball. Pentrating the defense like this will cause for long closeouts from the defense helping and there is no better time to drive the basketball than when your defender has a long clsoeout to you, as you see in the last clip with Jordan Caroline.

Take a look at the video below on our inside-out threes!

 

 

Sunday, 11 November 2018 17:15

Nevada Culture

We have established a culture with our basketball program over the past 3 years and our current players are constantly adding to it. After our 83-61 win over the Pacific Tigers Friday night our players stuck around after to get a workout in. 

One of them was Jazz Johnson, who played 16 minutes and had 12 points in the win. Jazz was 3 for 5 from 3pt range and 3 for 4 from the charity stripe. This type of work ethic is why Jazz has had success in his first two games as a part of the Wolf Pack. Nisre Zouzoua, who also played in the game, stayed after to get up shots. 

Redshirt Sophmore's Jalen Harris and JoJo Anderson were in the gym getting shots up along with freshman Jalen Townsell, KJ Hymes and Vincent Lee. 

Our players understand what it takes to be successful on a national stage and it is great to see new members of our program bought into the championship culture that we have established here at Nevada.

 

Friday, 09 November 2018 18:30

Nevada vs Pacific Preview

The University of Pacific Tigers will be in Reno tonight to face off agianst the #7 Nevada Wolf Pack. Both teams are coming off a win their first game of the season and will be tested tonight. 

Pacific will bring with them a Head Coach who Coach Musselman is familiar with. Pacific's Head Coach, Damon Stoudamire, played for Coach Muss in the NBA when he was an Assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies. Both Coach Muss and Stoudamire had successful careers in the NBA as a coach and player respectively. 

We know that Coach Stoudamire will have the Tigers ready to compete tonight and we will have to be at our best to win this game. 

Attention Muss Bus: The first 1,000 students will recieve a free t-shirt courtesy of Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. The student section was a huge help in our win against BYU and we hope to have the Muss Bus bringing the same energy tonight!

Thursday, 08 November 2018 00:38

BYU Game Recap

The first game of this season ended with the Nevada Wolf Pack defeating the BYU Cougars 86-70. BYU gave us a good challenge in our first game and provided us with certain aspects of the game that we need to improve on.

We are a program that focuses on the details. Our staff charts numerous stats such as deflections, charges attempted, floor dives, etc. With each game we give out an award for the players that represented how we want to play on the offensive and defensive end. The player that wins the award will be presented with the award and can keep it until the next game. The awards for this game are as followed...

Racing Shirt - Cody Martin

-This award goes out to the player that played the best in transition, pushed the tempo but ultimately played with the pace we want. Cody controlled the tempo of the game and ended up with 11 assists. 

Lock Down Defender Chain - Trey Porter

-The lock down defender chain goes out to the player that played the best defense throughout the game. Trey had a great defensive game with 3 blocks and 7 rebounds.

Lion Award - Jordan Caroline

-The Lion award goes out to the player who was a BEAST the entire night. Jordan dominated the game on both the offensive and defensive end. He ended up with 25 points and 16 rebounds

Clean The Glass Award - Jordan Caroline

-The player who redounded the ball the best will recieve this award. Caroline earned this accolade with 16 rebounds on the night. 4 offensive and 12 defensive defensive. 

We take pride in recognizes players who went out there and put it all on the line for the team in every game. We will continue to reward our players who have bought in to our program and playing how we want to play.

Quick turn around as we play Pacific on Friday at 7pm in the Lawlor Events Center. 

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 19:16

Tonight at 8pm vs. BYU - We Need the Muss Bus!

The wait is finally over and the Nevada Basketball season officially starts tonight. We will host BYU at the Lawlor Events Center at 8pm.

The game is nearly sold out and we anticipate a rush to get the remaining tickets today. 

This is a much anticipated season for the #7 ranked Wolf Pack and we need the support of the Muss Bus to make this season a success. There are only 1,300 student seats available, so if you have not already got your ticket we recommend to do so ASAP. 

We look forward to playing in front of all the Pack fans tonight and for the rest of the season.

See you all tonight at 8pm!

Nevada Basketball will have an exciting new addition to the student section this year. Those in the Muss Bus will get the crowd going by shaking the Nevada Battle Flag.

The Nevada Battle Flag will cover the entire student section and we will need the Muss Bus filled to make it work! We hope to have all 1,300 student tickets filled to make this game day experience a success.

We are representing our basketball program with this flag but also the entire state of Nevada.

Check the video out below to see what you can expect on Tuesday!

 

Nevada Basketball had a special guest travel to Reno over the weekend, Gary Urcheck. Urcheck traveled from Columbus, Ohio with a few friends to check out the Pack's first two games against BYU and Pacific. 

Gary was Bill Musselman's first ever recruit at Ashland University in 1964. Coach Musselman was just a kid at the time that Gary played for his father at Ashland and still has a great relationship with him. 

The relationships that the game of basketball allow us to have are truly remarkable. Thinking that someone who played for Coach Muss' father in 1964 would be one of the Pack's biggest fans and travel from Columbus, Ohio to watch us play is special. We are excited about having Gary with this this upcmoing week and hope that our defense can resemble the exceptional Ashland defense from the 1960's. 

David Fizdale, who was an assistant with Coach Muss for the Warriors in 2003-2004 and current Head Coach of the Ney York Knicks, had some words regarding communication that Pack players needed to hear. 

Fizdale stated that his players were not “echoing” the call late in games when Madison Square Garden gets loud and this resulted in them lacking organization closing out games. When a play call is made, every player on the floor should be echoing the call so 5 guys are on the same page and can go out and execute. 

We emphasize to Pack players that there is no such thing as over-communicating. We want out players to be constantly talking and echoing calls throughout the entire game. Lawlor is going to be loud this year with close games down the stretch and our team need to organize and execute our sets in order to win games. Communication is so important throughout the entire game, especially down the stretch. 

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