The Nevada Wolf Pack will open their home portion of their 2016-2017 schedule on Monday Night as they will host the Loyola Marymount Lions of the West Coast Conference. This will be the first time the Wolf Pack have played the Lions since November of 1995.
The Wolf Pack return to Reno after they dropped their season opener on the road to Saint Mary's on Friday night by a score of 81-63. The Wolf Pack look to shake off a bad night and unlike the game on Friday plan to be ready this time around.
"We were just not ready", Wolf Pack head coach Eric Musselman said of the team's performance on Friday night.Musselman went on to say, "We were not ready to play a team of this caliber opening night on the road. I don't know how many teams in the country are."
The Wolf Pack will have to regroup quickly as the face a Loyola Marymount team that is coming off a blowout victory of NAIA school Vanguard 99-51 on Friday night. The Lions were led by senior guard Buay Tuach in the scoring category on Friday. Tuach scored 20 points (7 of 11 from the field) and hit four three pointers in the winning effort. The Lions as a team had 27 assists on 36 field goals and shot close to 51 percent from the field on Friday.
For a Wolf Pack team that struggled on defense against the Gaels (Saint Mary's shot 60 percent from the field and 39 percent from the three-point line), the Wolf Pack must tighten up and play better on the defensive end to avoid starting the season with an 0-2 record.
Tip-off for the game will be at 7pm.