clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Nevada vs Cal State Fullerton, Preview: Can the floundering Wolf Pack regain their confidence?

The Wolf Pack, losers of six straight, are looking to end the skid and regain their confidence against Cal State Fullerton.

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

The Nevada Wolf Pack will face the Cal State Fullerton Titans on Saturday at 7pm looking to end a six game losing streak by playing a full forty minute game which is something that the Wolf Pack have failed to do during this losing streak.

The most recent episode of failing to play a complete game was on Sunday against California at home when the Pack held a lead against the Golden Bears before the Pack went cold once again on offense scoring only six points in the final 6:05 before losing 63-56. Wolf Pack head coach David Carter is trying to keep his teams confidence in tact during the losing streak.

Carter said that, " The big thing is to stay positive and make sure they have some confidence in themselves". The Wolf Pack can look to last year as a source for ending a similar losing streak. Last year the Pack lost five in a row during the Mountain West  conference schedule before pulling out wins at Boise State and rival UNLV to give them some momentum heading into the Mountain West tournament.

The Wolf Pack are going to need their top scorers, DJ Fenner and Marqueze Coleman, to performer better than they did on Sunday. The two starting guards combined for 1 for 8 from the field and scored eight points but they are helped by the emergence of JUCO transfer Tyron Criswell (averaging five points per game off the bench) and true freshman Robyn Missa. Criswell actually scored six points off the bench on Sunday while Missa, scored six points and nine rebounds in 11 minutes of play. The Pack hope that their contributions along with forward AJ West (who is third in the country in offensive rebounds averaging five offensive boards a game) and a better shooting performance from Fenner and Coleman can lead the Pack to their first win since November 17th against Adams State.

The Titans could give the Pack a real chance to end this streak. The Titans have lost four of their last five games and have not won a game on the road this season which includes a 73-59 loss to the Sacramento State Hornets on Thursday. Lanerryl Johnson is the team's lead scorer averaging 15 points a game but only scored three points in Thursday Nights loss. guard Alex Harris is the Titans second leading scorer averaging 13 points per game. On Thursday Night against the Hornets, four of the Titans five starters scored in double figures as senior forward Moses Morgan lead all scorers with 15 points.

This will be the third team from the Big West Conference that Nevada will face in the non conference portion of the schedule. The Pack defeated Cal Poly in the season opener, the lost on the road against Long Beach State on December 3rd  and after this game will travel to Pacific to face the Tigers on December 18th. With Fullerton struggling on the road, this is a opportunity for the Pack to end the streak and develop a winning streak heading into conference play next month and the winning momentum and confidence has to start with this game.