The Nevada Wolf Pack are opening conference play tonight as they host the San Jose State Spartans in Reno. The Wolf Pack have won 15 of the last 16 meetings against San Jose State and 25 of the last 27 meetings dating back to 2002.
The Wolf Pack enter Mountain West play as the team to beat after finishing non-conference play with an impressive 11-2 record that included wins over Washington, Oregon State and Iona. While perennial league favorite San Diego State had a few stumbles in non-conference play and the rest of the conference could be contenders for the regular season title, Nevada is currently the toast of the conference and they are aware of it.
“We’re sitting at number one right now”, said sophomore forward Cameron Oliver on Tuesday. Oliver also went on to say that “we’re doing pretty well and I am proud of my guys and we’re confident even though we have a target on our back”
The Wolf Pack are facing a San Jose State team that has improved this season in the win-loss column as they are currently 7-4 after averaging six wins a season for the last three seasons. The Spartans have a pair of talented forwards in Brandon Clarke who is averaging 15 points and eight rebounds a game and Ryan Welage who is averaging 14 points and five rebounds a game while shooting 45 percent from the three- point line. For Nevada to secure their first conference win of the season, they must not lose focus on defense in trying to contain both Clarke and Welage.
Despite the improvement of the Spartans, this is a game that the Wolf Pack should win if they continue to hit their threes and play tough defense on the Spartans two best players. If Nevada does this, then the Wolf Pack should win tonight.
Where: Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada.
When: Wednesday at 7pm
Radio: 94.5 FM