Eric Mussleman

Eric Mussleman

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!

Tuesday, 25 December 2018 17:14

Happy Holidays From The Pack

On behalf of the entire Nevada Basketball organization, we want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

Without the supportof our fans, donors, player's families and the entire university we would not be in the position we are today. 

We are grateful for every sacrifice that you guys make in order for our program to compete on a national stage.

The holidays are about giving thanks and we just want to say thank you for everything you do for our program.

We look forward to getting back on the court tomorrow and hope to continue to give you entertaining Pack basketball for the rest of the reason!

Happy Holidays! Go Pack!

The Pack staff decided to use a unique holiday motivation tactic to get our players ready to go last night against Akron. 

The day prior to the game, we handed out Nevada envelopes and asked our players to write in them what they wish to accomplish during the game. An example would be, getting 10 rebounds, taking a charge, getting 5 deflections or not letting your man hit a 3pt shot. 

Pack players wrote down different types of committments that they wanted to accomplish that were specific to them in order to be the best possible teammate they can and help us win the game. 

"Prior to walking out on the floor tonight each one of you think about what you wrote down in these envelopes. Each one of you has made a promise to your teammates in these envelopes. A Christmas gift to everyone else sitting here next to you." Coach Musselman told our players pre game.

We knew going into this game that it was important that we played extremely hard in order to gain an edge against a quality opponent. We believed that this is what would give us that edge because it represented a committment you were making to your teammates once you wrote in the envelope. 

Coach Musselmen continued, "Each timeout ask yourself am I fulfilling the commitment I made to my teammates? Am I playing hard enough to fulfill that commitment? Am I talking enough on defense to fulfill that commitment? Am I fully engaged to every second, every play of the game to fulfill that commitment to my teammates? This is the season of giving and each of you have promised to give your teammates something to help us win this game. There should be nothing left in the tank with 3 days off!"

The motivation worked and helped Pack players grind out another victory to improve to 12-0. Our guys are a family and wanted to honor their committments to one another to assure that everyone had a Merry Christmas.

The Pack head into the Christmas break with a perfect record of 12-0 and are off the the best start in program history. We look forward to continuing the success December 29th when we face off against Utah to conclude our non conference schedule. 

Pack players spent last night giving back to Renown Children's Hospital. They spent their time visiting sick children and families who have to spend the holiday in the hospital. 

Not only was this a time to give back, it was also a learning experience for our players. Our players saw first hand what it was like to be a fighter and what these children have to go through at such a young age. 

The players enjoyed their time sharing stories, handing out candy and talking with the families about Nevada Basketball. This was a humbling experience for our players, as they all realized how much of an impact they have on children in the community and how they are looked up to as role models. 

One of the parents, Julianne Lynn said, "It's really awesome. I mean my baby got spoiled and I really appreciate it because my son now is going to have a great Christmas".

This was the 2nd year in a row that the team spent a day at Renown Children's Hospital during the holiday season and we look forward to making it a tradition every year. 

Thursday, 20 December 2018 17:07

Nevada Adds Pitt Transfer Shamiel Stevenson

Nevada adds mid-season Pitt transfer Shamiel Stevenson to their roster. 

Stevenson comes from the University of Pittsburgh where he had much success his freshman year. The 6'6 guard/forward started 13 games as a freshman averaging 8.5 points per game. He added 4.4 rebounds per game and led the team with 141 total rebounds. He also led the team shooting 50.5% from the field. 

Not only has he had success on the court, he brings with him an Academic All-American accolade with him as well. 

"We are extremely excited to add a player like Shamiel to our program," Musselman said. "At 6-6, 245-pounds, and with his skill set, he will fit right in as a Jordan Caroline type player. He was one of the best players in the ACC in fouls drawn as a freshman, which is something that has always been a big part of our program, and shot a great percentage from inside and outside of the arc. He is the type of player we can put in multiple mismatch situations offensively because of his size and ability with the ball. We look forward to coaching a player like Shamiel."

We are thrilled to add a player that has had the success he did in the ACC Conference to our program. He will fit in and add the the culture we have established here at Nevada. 

The Toronto, Canada native will join the Pack at the beginning of the spring semester and sit out one year due to NCAA transfer rules. He will be able to practice with the team and will bring great competitiveness to every drill. He was rated the No. 34 small forward in the 2017 recruiting class by 247 Sports.  Stevenson averaged 14.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 blocks in his only season at Hillcrest Prep.

We looking forward to getting Shamiel on campus and having him join The Hunt!

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 16:37

Timeout Notes

The best teams practice what they preach. It is important for us to do this in order to get from good to great and accomplish our goals as a team this year. This year we starting charting what is said during timeouts in order to emphasize those points in practice the following week. 

We want to see a correlation with what is said during timeouts and our pregame preparation. This is to make sure we are executing the game plan. Our pregame preparation notes should be similar to what is said during timeouts. 

Also, we want to emphasize what is said during timeouts in our upcoming practices. Our practice plan for the practices following games should correlate with our timeout notes to make sure we are cleaning up areas of improvement. 

This is a great way keep track of what is said throughout the games and emphasize them accordingly throughout your practices. We do not want to continuously be coaching the same points throughout our practice and this imporves efficiency within our program.

Below are out notes from timeouts during our game against Cal Baptist and Akron. Try it out and let us know how it works!


Monday, 17 December 2018 18:17

Wolf Pack Film Room: SDSU Recap

The Wolf Pack held the most dynamic scoring duo in college basketball to 10 points on Saturday night. South Dakota State's Mike Daum and David Jenkins came into the game averging 48.7 points per game between the two of them and the Pack defense forced them to only make 3 of their combined 19 shots from the field. 

A big part of the defensive effort from the Pack came from senior forward, Trey Porter. Porter, who is 6'11, had the assignment to guard Daum. His assignment also consisted of guarding Jenkins from the perimiter when he was switched onto him. 

Porter stepped up to this challenge and had one of his best defensive efforts of the year. He was protecting the rim, guarding on the perimeter and contested shots from all over. Without the type of defensive effort that Porter brought to the game, the result may have been different. 

This film room sessions will take a look at what the 6'11 forward did during the game, which is quite impressive given his size and the caliber of scorers he was going up against. 

Some keys to the game that Porter had to do in order for us to win the game...

  • Limit catches for Daum and Jenkins
  • Take away the 3pt line and contest all shots
  • Have a high hand on every closeout and switch
  • Know personnel and scouting report

In these clips you can see that Trey Porter does a great job of taking what we gave him and applying it during every defensive possession. He has a high hand on every closeout, takes away the initial 3pt shot and does a great job of keeping that high hand on the drive forcing difficult shots. 

Here are a few clips of Trey Porter demonstrating what is explained above. Check them out!




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