Eric Mussleman

Eric Mussleman

Sunday, 20 January 2019 18:40

Pack Pink Out to Fight Cancer

On January 23rd, 2019, the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team will host Colorado State at Lawlor Events Center. This game comes during Coaches vs. Cancer week as part of a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

We want to Pink out Lawlor and support this great cause. Pack players will be wearing our pink uniforms during the game and the coaches will wear sneakers in order to to raise awareness and help save lives from cancer by raising funds and encouraging people to educate themselves about cancer prevention, screening and early detections.

For the fans who want to support this cause, you can be featured on the scoreboard during the game. 

For a minimum donation of $100, you can honor a cancer survivor, victim, or someone currently fighting the fight, by highlighting their photo on our scoreboard before the game!

Email your photos to Holly Ayock, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by January 21st, and the donate your $100 here:

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/university-of-nevada-hope-lodge-challenge

100% of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer society.  

We want to thank Renown for being the title sponsor for the event and Danyelle Musselman for organizing the event. 

The first 1,000 students will receive customized Muss Bus shirts. Also, 1,000 shirts will be thrown into the crowd during the game.

Hope to see you all in Lawlor in your Pink on Wednesday!

Saturday, 19 January 2019 17:14

Vote for Coach Muss #TimeoutFTW

Coaches vs Cancer and Infiniti USA have teamed up to fight cancer and Nevada Basketball is supporting the cause. 

They have pledged to reward a significant amount of money to the top 3 coaches who recieve the most votes during the voting window. The money will then be donated to the American Cancer Society in the name of the coaches who recieve the most votes. 

We would love for the strength of the Pack to help us get as many votes as possible to support this great cause. 

There are two ways that you can vote...

1.) Go to INFINITITIMEOUT.com and click on Coach Musselman. 

2.) Post a picture calling a timeout and use the hashtags #TIMEOUTFTW & #CoachEricMusselman on Twitter.

Every vote matters and we want to support Coaches vs Cancer and Infiniti USA during this time. 

The voting ends March 11th and you can vote daily as many times as you wish. Get those votes in for Coach Muss!

Thursday, 17 January 2019 16:31

Carrick Felix Speaks to the Pack

Last week the Pack had the pleasure of having former NBA player Carrick Felix in town to speak to them. 

Felix, a former Arizona State guard, played for the Sun Devils during the time when Coach Musselman, Coach Ruta and Coach Dunson were all also in Tempe. 

Carrick was not known for his ability to score or shoot the ball. He was drafted 33rd overall in the 2013 NBA draft because of the intangibles he brought with him such as his work ethic, defensive ability and leadership. 

His message to the team consisted of how to approach three simple things which were your habits, making sacrifices and knowing the opportunity. His success story was made possible because of how he changed his habits midway through his college career and the sacrifices that he had to make in order to become the player that he is.

Felix emphasized how important it is for our upperclassmen to take advantage of the opportunity that is in front of them and to increase their level of accountability towards our younger players.  

His message was powerful and we hope that it got through to Pack players as we approach the remainder of our season. 

We want to thank Carrick for spending a day in Reno and speaking with our program!

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:52

Cody Calls Game

With the game on the line against Boise State, the Pack called to our senior leader to bring us home with a victory. Cody Martin silenced the 8,000 plus Boise State fans when he knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Wolf Pack the lead with 4.5 seconds left in the game. 

Down 2 points with the game on the line, Jazz Johnsons pushes the ball up the floor after we got a defensive stop and passes the ball in confidence to Cody. 

Cody, who isn’t known for his 3pt shooting and hadn’t made a 3FG in 31 days, delivered one of the biggest 3 pointers of his career to give the Pack a 1 point lead with the game on the line. 

Coach Musselman did not call a timeout after the stop and trusted in our veteran team to deliver a bucket to bring home the win. It speaks volumes to the type of players we have on our roster and the trust our coaching staff has in our players. 

What better birthday gift could Cody have given Jordan Caroline than solidifying a win with his game winning shot!

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!

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