Eric Musselman

Eric Musselman

Thursday, 21 February 2019 18:19

White Out Saturday Night

With just three games at Lawlor left this season, we are excited to announce our "White Out" against Fresno State this Saturday. 

Students will recieve white "We Are Nevada" shirts at the door and the first 500 non-student fans can stop by the basketball office to pick up white Muss Bus shirts with proof of a game ticket. 

The strength of our fans at Lawlor each and eveyr game this season has been so important for our success and our undefeated record at home. 

The Wolf Pack won the first match against the Bulldogs earlier this season 74-64. We are anticipated an exciting rematch based on the history of this match up. 

We are excited to return to Reno and defend Lawlor against a talented Fresno State team. Go Pack!

 

In an effort to raise awareness for the disease that Mark Fisher, son of longtime SDSU Head coach Steve Fisher, was diagnosed with in 2013, the Nevada Wolf Pack will join the fight against ALS tomorrow night by wearing customized Nevada/ALS Shooting Shirts.

"As we started our preparation for San Diego State, one of the first ideas that was discussed was doing something unique for Mark Fisher and the Fisher family. In the past, we have worn ALS pins to bring awareness to this debilitating disease. This year we wanted to put a bigger spotlight on the cause to fight ALS by having our players wear a shooting shirt that would put a spotlight on ALS. Our coaching staff has incredible respect and admiration for both Steve and Mark Fisher. We hope fans in both programs help join in the fight against ALS.", Eric Musselman. 

Musselman continued, "Whenever you discuss San Diego State, you automatically think about Coach Fisher and the impact he had on our conference and all of college basketball. For many years, his team was the flagship program of the Mountain West. Our staff and players wanted to let him know that we admire his leadership and are thinking about him and his son as we get ready to play the Aztecs. We have people in the program that have been affected by the disease and know the day to day struggles that you go through. We hope this game sheds light on that and helps raise awareness for those that have ALS or know someone who is."

To learn more about ALS and to find ways that you can help contribute to fighting the disease you can go to www.alsa.org

Monday, 18 February 2019 17:31

Defense Fuels Double Digit Wins

With the win against Wyoming on Saturday, the #6 Wolf Pack improve to 24-1 on the season.

Of those 24 wins thus far, 19 of those have been double digit victories. The Pack's defense is what is allowing us to win by double digits night in and night out.

We are holding our opponents to only 65.9 points per game, which is an great improvement from last season when we gave up 73.1 points per game. This is a result of our players attention to detail, preparation and buy in on the defensive end.

Last year, the Pack's defensive efficiency rating ranked 108th in the country. This year, we are currently sitting at the 26th best defensive team in college basketball. Defense has been emphasized since summer workouts and we understand that it is what is going to allow us to make a run in March. 

CBS Sports held a college hoops virtual All-Star draft on their show yesterday. The teams were drafted by Seth Davis and NBA great Wally Szczerbiak. 

They had the choice to draft any player in college basketball they wanted and one of our very own, Jordan Caroline, was selected by Team Davis. 

Caroline was selected to play the power forward position as Davis said he wanted someone who could play on both ends of the floor. Davis loves his abiity to gaurd positions 1-5, the fact that he is a "walking double-double" and how he is a threat from three point range this season. 

Team Davis was rounded out with Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, Grant Williams and Cassius Winston. 

Team Wally consisted of RJ Barrett, Markus Howard, Rui Hachimura, De'Andre Hunter and Dedric Lawson. 

Caroline being selected by CBS Sports for this segment shows the improvements that Caroline has made since arriving in Reno and how he has helped bring #7 Nevada Basketball to a national stage at 24-1 so far this season. Not only was it great to see Jordan selected but also great to see 70% of voters thought his team would win the game.

Friday, 15 February 2019 17:35

"The Muss Buss" - Student Section

From the "Jumbo Jack" chants to the "Sweet Caroline" ballads, the students of University of Nevada make Lawlor Events Center a true home court advantage. Check out this video to see what we mean:

Thursday, 14 February 2019 16:51

Nevada Great Mo Charlo Visits the Pack

Former Wolf Pack star, Mo Charlo visited the Pack last week on their road trip to Colorado State. Charlo played for the Pack from 2004-2006 and was one of the team's stars. 

After arriving in Reno, he quickly made an impact on the program and was named 2005 WAC All-Newcomer Team. The following year he was honored with the awards WAC All-Defensive Team, WAC All-Tournament Team and was named the Wolf Pack's Sixth Man of the Year. 

It is always great to have former players stop by and speak to our current team. It is even better when they have had the success that Mo has had in his career. 

His is still playing professional basketball today, this being his 11th year as a pro. In 2014 he was named to the NBA D-League All-Defensive 1st Team and was a NBA D-League All Star. 

We want to thank Mo for stopping by and giving our team words of encouragement moving forward!

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:38

Pack Leads the Nation in 1,000 Point Scorers

With the win against New Mexico on Saturday, the Pack moved into a unprecedented category in college basketball. The Pack now hold 7 players who have 1,000 career points. 

Those players consist of Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, Jordan Caroline, Tre Thurman, Corey Henson, Jazz Johnson and NIsre Zouzoua. 

This is quite an impressive stat considering that no other team in college basketball has more than three players with 1,000 or more career points. Also, this proves the veteran team that we consist of and the success that everyone has had at Nevada and prior to joining the Wolf Pack. 

Trey Porter is less than 100 points away from joining the 1,000 point club which would put us at 8 players with the career milestone. 

As we focus on winning championships here and raising banners, we still want to honor each of our players individually and we realize that having this many players having scored over 1,000 career points might never be done again for years to come. 

Sunday, 10 February 2019 18:31

Pack Gets Revenge In Win Against New Mexico

The Pack had one thing on their mind going into the game against New Mexico and that was the feeling they were left with after playing New Mexico after losing to New Mexico on January 5th earlier this year. The only loss of the season for the Pack left our guys with a feeling they did not want to have again after a game. 

From the opening tip, our players did everything to make sure the result of this rematch would be much different than the last. Our aggressive defense fueled a high powered offensive as we jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. 

It was a group effort that led to a 91-62 victory in front of nearly 12,000 energetic fans in Lawlor Events Center. It was evident that te fans had the last game agianst New Mexico on their minds as well from the enegry they brought from the start of the game. 

Jazz Johnson finished the game with 13 points and surpassed 1,000 points for his career. We want to congragulate Jazz on the accomplish as we have witness first hand all of the hard work he has put into his game in order to reach this milestone. 

We want to thank our fans for coming out and supporting us in a game that meant a lot to us! 

Saturday, 09 February 2019 16:45

Pack Celebrates Black History Month

In the game today against New Mexico, the Pack will be celebrating Black History Month. 

We take pride in celebrating Black History and trying to honor and continue to the legacies of those who came before us. 

In hopes to have the Nevada community do the same, we wil be giving away Black History Month t-shirts to the first 1,200 students who attend the game. 

As a program, we gave each of our players time to speak in front of the team on what Black History Month means to them. Our players take pride in the month and are excited to honor past and present leaders with their play on the court today. 

We hope to have Lawlor rocking today as we are set to face the only team that has beaten us this season in New Mexico. Go Pack!

Friday, 08 February 2019 16:47

The Pack's Emphasis on Player Development

Since Eric Musselman was named the head coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack in 2015, he knew that player development was what he wanted his program to be known for. Immediately going after transfers, he used their time sitting out to focus on what he knew would bring the program success, player development. 

First, he went after Southern Illinois freshman Jordan Caroline. We are now 4 years later and Jordan Caroline is a household name in college basketball. He went from averaging 9.2 ppg at Southern Illinois to being a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award which recognizes college basketball's best player. He is currently averaging 19.3 ppg and 10 rebounds and has Nevada as the #6 national ranked team in the country. Along side of Caroline sitting out was Missouri State transfer Marcus Marshall. Marshall averaged 19.7 points per game after his sit out year and was named Mountain West Newcomer of the Year and Mountain West All Tournament Team. 

While Caroline and Marshall were finally playing at Nevada, sitting out due to transfer rules were Caleb and Cody Martin, Hallice Cooke and Kendall Stephens. All four of them came from Power 5 conference schools and were focusing on developing their game during the year they had to sit out. The workouts daily with our coaching staff helped mold them into the players that we needed them to be in order to succeed the following year. The success that came was a Sweet 16 appearance that brought Nevada to a national stage. Looking at present time, both Hallice and Kendall are playing professionally overseas and the Martin Twins are known as 2 of the best players in college basketball today.

Cody is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award which recognizes the games best Point Guard. Caleb, a 1st Team All-American, is up for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's best player, the Julius Irving Award as the game's best small forward on the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list, Lute Olseon Award watch list, Naismith Award watch list and NABC Player of the Year watch list this season. Cody has improved his game drastically from his time at North Carolina State where he averaged just 5.1 points and 1.9 assists per game. At Nevada, he has improved 13 ppg, 5.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists whil shooting 51% from the field. 

Player development is the key component to the success of our program and we will continue to develop players in order for us to succeed while also providing them with the best opportunity to continue to play at the professional level once they are done with their college career. 

 

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