Eric Mussleman

Eric Mussleman

Sunday, 16 December 2018 16:48

Pack Return Home and Defend Lawlor

After a 25 day time period away from home, the Pack returned to defend Lawlor against a talented South Dakota State team. The Jackrabbits battled but the back held on and finished with the win. 

Let's take a look at what the Pack had to go through during this past month. 

We departed for Las Vegas the day before Thanksgiving, which was our first of 9 different flights in 25 days.

We traveled as a Pack a total of 5,875 miles to 5 cities. 

We defeated a Top 25 team in Arizona State and played against one of the toughest fan bases in Phoenix against Grand Canyon.

The Pack then returns home to face the best scoring duo in all of college basketball last night in Mike Daum and David Jenkins. Pack players accepted the challenge and held the duo, who scores nearly 50 points per game, to only 10 combined points. 

To say this stretch was a challenge for our players would be an understatement, as we have to realize on top of all this this, they are full time students. We are proud of how our guys have responded to this challenging stretch while handling their business in the classroom as well.

Nevada is 11-0, which is the best star in program history since the 1969-1970 season. We are proud about this start but we know we have goals to accomplish moving forward. 

It was great to play in front of the best fans in college basketball again last night after being away for as long as we have been. 

We are 11-0 and couldn't be here without the fans. See you all next Saturday for our last home game before Christmas. Go Pack!

Friday, 14 December 2018 17:11

Wolf Pack Return to Lawlor

The Nevada Wolf Pack are set to return home to Lawlor after a 26 day time period away from Reno. After completed our 6 game road stand with 6 wins, we are excited to get back and play in front of the best fans in the nation.

The Pack will be battle tested agianst a NCAA tournament caliber team, 8-3 South Dakota State, that consists of two of the most prolific scorers in the NCAA, Mike Daum and David Jenkins. They come in averaging nearly 40 points per game between the two of them. 

The 10-0 Wolf Pack look forward to the challenge and giving the Pack fans what they have been missing during out road trip.

We hope to see everyone at Lawlor in their favorite ugly sweater Saturday at 6:00pm!

 

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:45

Ugly Sweater Night vs. South Dakota State

The Wolf Pack arrive back home after 26 days away from Lawlor on Saturday to face off against South Dakota State. The game will be one of two home games for Nevada before Christmas and the last two home games of 2018. 

To get into the Christmas spirit, the theme for the game is Ugly Sweater Night. We encourage Pack fans to attend the game dressed in their favorite ugly sweater. 

The first 1,000 fans will recieve a free Nevada Wolf Pack beanie when they enter. 

This game will be a great test for the Wolf Pack as we face off against one of the best players in all of college basketball, Mike Daum. Daum was the 2018 Summit Lead Player of the Year, 2018 AP All-American Honorable Mention and is a threat to score 40 points on a nightly basis. 

The Wolf Pack will be ready to go Saturday but will need to energy from Pack fans to help will us to victory. Hope to see you all there Saturday at 6:00pm!

Friday night's game was a historic night for Wolf Pack Basketball. After the win against #20 Arizone State, we improved to 9-0. This is the best start in program history, as we topped the 8-0 start from last season. 

Not only was it the best start in program history, it was also Coach Musselman's 90th win as a college head coach. This milestone has been reached by Coach Muss with only coaching in 119 total games as a head coach. That gives him a winning percentage of 76% in his 4 years at the helm. After the win against Grand Canyon on Sunday, Coach Muss has a total record of 91-29 at Nevada. 

It speaks volumes to what Coach Musselman has done with this program since he took over a 9-22 team in 2015. The championship culture that has been established for our program and Northern Nevada is something special and we look forward to keeping it going for the rest of this season!

Monday, 10 December 2018 17:18

Pack Concludes 6 Game Road Trip

The Wolf Pack just finished a long stretch of 6 games away from home last night. The road trip consisting of tough road and neutral site games against well respected teams. 

The Pack faced off against our first top 25 opponent on Friday versus #20 Arizona State. After a slow start in the 1st half, the Pack came out and dominated the final 20 minutes of the game at the Staples Center. Our veteran team proved ourselves worthy of our natonal ranking and solidified ourselves as a national contender. 

36 hours later the Pack faced off against Grand Canyon at the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Basically a home game for Grand Canyon, their fans were loud and made it known why they are recognized as one of the most energetic fan bases in college basketball. The Pack came out with a win to conclude the road trip with a record of 10-0, the best start in program history. 

This was a test for the Pack and our players rose up to the occasion and represented Northern Nevada in the best way possible. 

We look forward to returning home to Lawlor Events Center to face off against South Dakota State and Akron before Christmas. 

Looking forward to seeing our fans rock Lawlor at the end of the week!

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 05:55

Wolf Pack Film Room: Hustle Plays

The Wolf Pack left LA on Saturday with a quality win after defeating USC 73-61 at the Galen Center. 

In order to beat USC, we knew that we had to stop them in transition. We knew that we had to hold them to 10 points or fewer in transition if we were going to have a chance to win the game. 

We are going to take a look at hustle plays from this game, most of which helped stop the Trojans from scoring in transition. 

Lets take a look at these clips from a coaches perspective...

Clip 1: After Caleb Martin dives on a floor in an attempt to get a loose ball, USC has a clear break away layup. Jazz Johnson does not give up on the play and sprints back to contest the layup which results in a miss and saves us two points. Jazz not giving up on the play and sprinting back are the types of hustle plays we need. Also, Jordan Brown and Tre Thurman both sprint back to get the rebound not giving up on the play.

Clip 2: This clip is filled with hustle plays that define how we play here at Nevada. It starts with Caleb Martin diving into the stands to save a ball from going out of bounds. Cody then sprints from behind to get a back tip then Jazz Johnson goes all out for the ball which results in him being hit to the floor. After USC comes up with the ball, Corey Henson steps in and takes a charge. Great multiple efforts from four different players on one possession stopping the Trojans from scoring in transition again. 

Clip 3: As USC pushes the ball in transition, Cody Martin moves to protect the basket and take a charge, once again preventing USC from scoring in transition. Charge attempts are hustle plays that we love and respect players for giving up their bodies to get a stop.

Clip 4: You can see Tre Thurman stopping the ball early in transition, he points and picks just like we teach communicating his match up. He stops the point guard early and does not let them score in the initial break. Thurman then squares up the ball once it is settled and gets a big time stop on a quality point guard driving to the hoop. We consider this a hustle play because of Tre communicating early, pointing and picking and executing our gameplan of stopping USC in transition.

Clip 5: Tre Thurman rotates to help while we front the post and takes a charge. Big time play by Thurman. 

Hustle plays are something that we chart every single game and our competitive edge is getting deflections, diving on the floor, taking charges, etc. It was evident that our hustle plays are what led us to getting a win at USC on Saturday.

Monday, 03 December 2018 03:28

JaVale McGee Supports the Pack in LA

JaVale McGee supported the Pack during their trip to LA this weekend. On Friday, McGee donated tickets to the Lakers game against the Dallas Mavericks. Pack players loved seeing a former Wolf Pack star in action and appreciated his generousity. 

On Saturday, McGee, made the trip to USC to show support as we took on the Pac-12 opponent. It was JaVale's mother's birthday and he suprised her with tickets to the game. His mother attended USC. 

Coach Musselman gifted McGee with a brand new Nevada jersey with his name on the back of it, which JaVale wore during the game. 

JaVale had some words of motivation for Pack players before the game which gave them the energy they need to defeat USC 73-61. 

On behalf of our players and staff, we want to thank JaVale for the support over this weekend during our trip to LA. 

We will head back to LA on Friday to take on another Pac-12 opponent Arizona State at the Staples Center. 

Thursday, 29 November 2018 17:06

The Rematch

The much anticipated Sweet 16 rematch against Loyola Chicago ended in favor of the Wolf Pack on Tuesday night. In front of a national audience, the Wolf Pack wanted to make a statement.

From the opening tip, it was evident that Caleb Martin had been waiting quite some time to play this game. Martin tallied 21 points on the night and was on fire right out of the gates knocking down multiple 3pt shots and finishing at the rim. He set the tone early for the rest of the game. His twin brother Cody, who finished with 20 points, helped set the tone of the defensive end, as his match up was Clayton Custer. Cody and the rest of the Pack defense did a great job smothering their guards and making it difficult to execute their offense, which led to us holding the Ramblers to only 28 points in the first half. 

The second half was not much different as our defense willed us to our 7th straight victory. Trey Porter tallied his first double double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Chicago native, Jordan Caroline, finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds in front of his hometown crowd. 

This win meant a lot for our seniors Cody, Caleb and Jordan who wanted to make a statement on a national stage against the team that knocked us out of the NCAA Tournament last season. 

We appreciate all of the Pack fans that made the trip for this game and hope to see you at USC on Saturday!

Nevada participated in one of two Continental Tire Invitational brackets over the holiday which included UMass, Southern Illinois and Tulsa. Nevada advanced to the championship after beating Tulsa on Thanksgiving day. The Pack finished with 3 players posting 20 or more points for the first time this season as Jordan Caroline had 25, Caleb Martin with 21 and Jazz Johnson finished the game with 20. 

The face off against UMass in the Championship game was our most efficient offensive game on the season. The Pack scored 110 points while holding UMass to 87. Caleb Martin led the way for the Pack with 29 points and Tre Thurman broke out with a monster performance of 22 points and 9 rebounds. 

The best part of the tournament from a coaching perspective was having two players, Jordan Brown and David Cunningham, diving on the floor for a loose ball with less than a minute on the clock and our team up double digits. This defines the culture that we have established here at Nevada and how every single player on our roster is going to play to our standard no matter the time or score. 

The Wolf Pack head to Chicago for a Sweet 16 rematch with Loyola Chicago on Tuesday November 27th. The game will be aired on ESPN NEWS at 5:00pm PST. 

Thursday, 22 November 2018 06:02

Wolf Pack's First Road Trip

The Wolf Pack hit the road for 26 days before the next time they return to Reno. We will have 6 games in 4 different cities during this time. 

Our first stop will be in Vegas for the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. We will play Thursday on Thanksgiving against Tulsa at 1pm and either SIU or Umass on Friday. 

After the holiday tournament we will head to Chicago for a Sweet 16 rematch against Loyola Chicago. This is a much-anticipated game and we look forward to the challenge. 

The Pack will then travel back to Reno for a few days before heading to Los Angeles to take on Pac-12 opponent USC at the Galen Center. 

6 days later will we take a trip back to Los Angeles to play Arizona State at the Staples Center before heading to Grand Canyon University to play on the 9th

This 26-day time period away from Lawlor will be a great test for the Pack. We look forward to the challenge and hope to return to Reno bringing back some quality. 

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