The Nevada Wolf Pack will continue their postseason run as they host the Eastern Washington University Eagles in the quarterfinals of the CBI Tournament at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno. The winner will advance to the CBI Final Four where they will await the winner of the Seattle/Vermont game. The Wolf Pack, after defeating Montana 79-75 last Tuesday, will face another team from the Big Sky Conference in Eastern Washington. The Eagles finished the regular season with an 18-15 overall record and a 10-8 conference record which was good for fifth place in the Big Sky. The Wolf Pack will have their hands full with an Eagles team that is one of the best offensive teams in the country.
"Eastern Washington can really, really, score the ball", said Nevada coach Eric Musselman. "They space the floor phenomenally and are a great shooting team." "They have four 3-point shooters on the floor all the time and they have a big guy who is probably as good as any post player we've faced all season long."
Eastern Washington averages 81.8 points per game this season and have made 343 3-pointers this season which is sixth in the nation. The Wolf Pack, who let Montana go 12-of 22 from the three-point line last week, must defend the three-point line better against EWU. As good as Eastern Washington is on offense, they are bad on defense as they have allowed opponents to shoot 48.4 percent from the field this season (which ranks them 345th out of 351 Division I teams). While Nevada's offense this season has been inconsistent, it did have its best offensive half against Montana last week. The Wolf Pack score 52 second half points as they came back from a 13-point deficit to secure the win over the Grizzlies. For Nevada to win, they will need to have a similar type of performance on offense against EWU.
The question for Nevada is can they defend the three-point line and can they take advantage of a porous Eastern Washington defense. I think Nevada's stellar defense will contain Eastern Washington's offense and the Wolf Pack will use their defense to fuel their offense and score on the Eagles very charitable defense. I like the Wolf Pack to defeat Eastern Washington and earn a spot in the CBI Final Four.