Eric Musselman

Eric Musselman

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 18:57

Musselman's College Coach Visits the Pack

During our stay in Colorado Springs before our game against Air Force, Coach Musselman's coach at University of San Diego spent time with our team. 

Coach Hank Egan, who currently lives in the area after his tenure coaching at Air Force, was happy to stop by and catch up with his former player. It was great to reminisce about old memories, players and the current success of our Nevada program. The coach in him came out as well when he started giving us coaching tips on how to beat Air Force.

His message to our players was to make sure that they always stay true to themselves and what got them here. With success, comes alot of people that will wanting to come into your circle because of the success and tell you how to do things. He insisted for them to just continue to listen to the same people they have their whole life and to make sure they continue to do what they have been doing their whole life that got them here.

The message to stay true to yourselves is something that our players need to hear as we end the season and approach post season. We want to thank Coach Egan for spending his time with us and talking to our players. 

Friday, 01 March 2019 17:02

Record Breaking Attendance

The win against UNLV Wednesday was a historic night, not because of the game but because of the crowd. 

With 11,289 fans in Lawlor on Wednesday, we officially broke the all-time attendance record in Nevada basketball history. We have had 151,926 fans in attendance through 14 games so far this season with one home game remaining. 

The impact that the fans have on us is shown through our undefeated home record. The advantage they bring us nightly with their energy is something that we are thankful for and know this is the only school in the country that has the caliber of fans that we do.

We want to thank each and every fan who has came to one of our home games this year and cheered us on. Each home game we look forward to bringing you the best basketball on the west coast with our high energy and uptempo play. We look forward to seeing you on senior night against San Diego State next Saturday as we honor one of the greatest senior classes to play for our program. 

Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:55

4 Hours With Larry Eustachy

Last week the Pack had the priviledge of legendary coach Larry Eustachy being in town for a day. 

Eustachy has coached all over the country with stops at Iowa State, Idaho, Utah State, Southern Mississippi and most recently Colorado State. He was the 2000 AP Coach of the year after leading Iowa State to an Elite Eight appearance and winning a school record 32 games that season. 

Coach Eustachy's message was clear to our players, they did not ave much time left and they need to take advantage of our final four games left in the regular season and one gauranteed game in our conference tournament. He calculated that the time on the court playing during those games was roughly 4 hours. He told our players they have only 4 hours gauranteed of basketball this season. He asked our players if they have ever gone to the park when they were a kid and played basketball for 4 hours in one day. Everyone raised their hands. When he put it into perspective like that, it was eye opening to our players. 

Our players took advantage of their 4 hours left of this season by handling business against in-state rival UNLV last night and will start preparation Utah State today.

We want to thank Coach Eustachy for spending a day in Reno and motivating our players for the rest of the season. 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 18:04

Wolf Pack Add LSU Transfer Daryl Edwards

The Wolf Pack announce the addition of Daryl Edwards to the 2019 recruiting class. 

Edwards, a transfer from LSU, joins the team with 1 year of eligibility left as a graduate transfer. In his last season at LSU, he averaged 6.8 points per game while shooting 46% from the field and 37% from three point range. Due to injury, he only played in 9 games this season and will get clearance to medically redshirt which allows him to have one year left. 

Prior to LSU, he played 2 years at JUCO powerhouse Northwest Florida State College where he averaged 13.6 points in 28.4 minutes per game. He shot lights out from beyond the arc shooting 46.6% in his last season there.

“We are extremely excited to add a caliber of player like Daryl Edwards to our roster. Daryl is a high level shooter with a great basketball IQ. His ability to make plays off the dribble for himself and his teammates and stretch the floor with his shot-making ability will serve our program well.”, Coach Musselman on the addition of Daryl Edwards.

On behalf of Wolf Pack nation we are excited to welcome Daryl to our family and to have him join us on the hunt next season. 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:40

Nevada To Retire Nick Fazekas' Jersey

On Wednesday night on top of the stripe out, Nevada will be honoring Wolf Pack great, Nick Fazekas, by retiring his #22 jersey. 

Fazekas played for Nevada from 2003-2007 and is one of the greatest to ever put on a Nevada jersey. His accolades include taking a team to the Sweet 16 his freshman year, 3 consecutive WAC Player of the Year awards, breaking the all-time scoring record and ultimately being drafted the 34th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.

In his final season with the Wolf Pack he averaged 20.4 points and 11.1 rebounds per game while shooting 57% from the field. He has since embarked on a 11 year professional basketball playing career which started with the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA, had stints in Europe and the NBA G-League and is currently playing for the Kawasaki Brave Thunders in Japan. 

We are honored to have Nick return to Reno so we can retire his jersey in front of the best fans in the country. Since he stepped foot in Reno, he has had an everlasting impact on the university and Reno community. He will always be remembered for what he brought to Nevada during his 4 years here and now it will always be on showcase in Lawlor as we retire his infamous #22 jersey. 

We look forward to seeing you all Wednesday night against UNLV for the jersey retirement and stripe out against UNLV. Go Pack!

Monday, 25 February 2019 17:04

Wolf Pack Stripe Out Wednesday

With game two of the in-state rivarly against UNLV coming up on Wednesday, we are excited to announce that there will be a stripe out in Lawlor. 

Each section of the arena will be designated blue or white to create the striped looked in the stands. 

We will be providing a t-shirt in every seat in Lawlor so that fans will be able to participate. The size of the shirt will be an XL. If you are another size, take a look at the seating map above and see what color shirt you could bring on your own.

We will need Lawlor to be rockin' Wednesday night to give us energy to play against a talented UNLV team. After defeating them in the first match up in the season, we want to solidify that we are the dominant team in the state. 

The stripe out will only be a success if all fans participate so we highly encourage you to take a look a the map and make sure you are prepared to wear the color shirt designated for your seat. Go Pack!

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.

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