The Nevada Wolf Pack will play their final road game of the regular season tonight as they face the Boise State Broncos at the Taco Bell Arena. This is the second meeting of the regular season between Nevada and Boise State and in the first meeting, the Broncos defeated the Wolf Pack 74-67 despite Marqueze Coleman chipping in with 17 points.
The Wolf Pack have won five of their last six games including an overtime victory on Sunday over Colorado State 87-80 and in this late stage of the season, are playing their best basketball. Wolf Pack forward Elijah Foster said "We want to keep going up. At the end of the season, you want to be playing your best basketball and I feel like we're playing our best basketball right now."
In order for Nevada to win in Boise, the Wolf Pack must create turnovers which is going to be a tough task because the Broncos averages the fewest turnovers in the Mountain West conference at 11 turnovers a game. For a Nevada team that relies on scoring in transition off of the opponent's turnovers, it is essential for Nevada to get Boise State to turn the ball over while Nevada limits their own turnovers. Another key for a Nevada victory is the Wolf Pack must attack the rim. The Broncos struggle protecting the rim and their best rim protector, James Webb III, may miss the game with a sprained MCL and a bruised knee. So it is imperative for the Wolf Pack to score in the paint and get the sensational freshman Cameron Oliver involved in order to take advantage of the Broncos lack of an interior presence.
This game is going to be a challenge for Nevada because of Boise State's still potent offense that is averaging 77.9 points per game and with it being Senior Night so the emotions are going to be high at the Taco Bell Arena. It is important for Nevada to play well and not let the game get out of hand like the last two games in Boise where Nevada was blown out. (Boise State beat Nevada, 78-46, last year and 73-47 in 2012-13). But this is a different Nevada team that plays great defense and because of that, the Wolf Pack will keep this game close which favors Nevada since they are 11-4 in games that are decided by six points or less this season. I'll take the Wolf Pack to win in Boise and spoil the Broncos Senior Night.