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Nevada vs San Jose State Preview: Can Nevada dominate the overmatched Spartans

Wolf Pack forward looks poised to have a big game against a small Spartans front court.
Wolf Pack forward looks poised to have a big game against a small Spartans front court.
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


In Nevada's last game on Wednesday, the Wolf Pack went 14-32 from the free throw line and those missed free throws were the key in the Wolf Pack's 75-70 loss to Air Force on the road.

Now, the Wolf Pack (8-19, 4-11 MW) hosts the San Jose State Spartans (2-25, 0-15 MW) on Saturday afternoon looking for a season sweep of the Spartans. The last time these two teams met, the Wolf Pack barely defeated the Spartans 60-57 on February 7th. The win ended the Wolf Pack's seven game losing streak and now the Wolf Pack are looking to end a three game losing streak by defeating the Spartans in a more convincing fashion.

The Wolf Pack have had their issues with the Spartans recently as the Wolf Pack did lose to the Spartans last year in Reno 66-64 which was the Spartans only win in the Mountain West since they joined the conference last year. And in the first meeting between the two teams, the Wolf Pack  turned the ball over19 times, went 0-9 from the three point line and missed 14 free throws.

Wolf Pack head coach David Carter is aware of those missed opportunities that almost led to the Spartans winning the game.

"In the first game, we missed a lot of easy baskets" Wolf Pack head coach David Carter said. Carter also said that "We didn't extend the lead and they were able to stick around and keep the game close and almost have a chance to win."

This is a game where Wolf Pack forward AJ West can make a big impact. The Spartans play a four guard lineup and this should give West an opportunity to take advantage of the Spartans lack of size. West, who battled foul trouble in the first meeting, still managed to score 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. If he can avoid foul trouble, West is poise to have a big day and it could be enough to give the Wolf Pack a sweep over the Spartans and it may spark some momentum in favor of  the Wolf Pack as they head into the final week of regular season conference play.