One week after a historical comeback victory on the road against New Mexico, the Nevada Wolf Pack (14-3, 3-1) return to the road to face the Wyoming Cowboys. The Cowboys currently have a 12-5 overall record and a 2-2 record in the Mountain West.
Nevada’s 25 point come from behind victory over the Lobos was the talk on the national sports outlets but the Pack are looking to tighten up on both sides of the ball on Saturday.
“We talked about areas we have to clean up defensively”, said Nevada head coach Eric Musselman this week. Musselman also went on to say that “We talked about having to rely on offensive rebounds when shots don’t go down.
The Wolf Pack know that they can come back from a huge hole but would rather not have to do that all the time. “We learned we can come back from big deficits” said Wolf Pack forward Jordan Caroline. “but I don’t think we want to come back from anything like that again.”
Nevada faces a much-improved Wyoming team that despite being picked to finish 10th in the preseason Mountain West conference polls, are currently fourth in the standings and are in the thick of the conference race. The Cowboys are unbeaten at home with a 10-0 record this season and as a team can shoot the three-ball at a high volume.
The Cowboys have shot 479 threes this season which is good for eighth in the country and tops in the Mountain West. Despite the Cowboys not connecting from three all that well (Wyoming only connects from 33 percent from three) the Wolf Pack must defend the three-point line which is something they have done quite well as the have held opponents to just under 30 percent from three this season.
Also for Nevada, they must avoid the big letdown after an emotional come from behind win last Saturday. After a week in which Nevada made history (first win over San Diego State since Nevada Joined the Mountain West and the 25-point come from behind win in New Mexico), the Wolf Pack must stay sharp on both sides of the ball to come away with the victory tonight.
Given that the Wolf Pack are trying to keep pace with Boise State in the conference standings and Nevada defending the three-point line very well, I expect the Wolf Pack to get the win in Laramie and keep pace with Boise State in the Mountain West conference standings.
When: Saturday at 3pm PST
Where: Arena-Auditorium in Laramie
Radio: 94.5 in Reno