It is the final chapter in the story that is the Nevada Wolf Pack basketball season at the Lawlor Event Center this year. Coach Musselman, has implored all of the supporters of the “Battle Blue”, to come out and say thanks to the players and coaches and those in the Nevada athletic department that have spent so much time bringing this team to the faithful, followers of Nevada basketball.
The Colorado State University Rams will be the opponent Sunday. The Rams have had a very tough year and it would make their season if they could pull an upset in Reno. This Rams team is back to full strength and will a bit different than the one that Nevada handled in Ft. Collins a few weeks ago. What is not different is that Larry Eustachy will not be on the sideline in Lawlor.
From the Ft. Collins, Colorado, newspaper the Coloradan an interesting note about a possible candidate for the CSU job is San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon.
“The CSU job hasn’t formally opened up yet, with sixth-year coach Larry Eustachy and his top assistant, Steve Barnes, on paid administrative leave while the university and coach work out the details of his exit.
But it will be open soon, and a lot of people believe Hammon, the most-decorated basketball player, male or female, in Colorado State University history, would be a good fit.
Why couldn’t the first full-time female assistant coach in the NBA become the first woman to coach an NCAA Division I men’s basketball team?”1
We know Hammon won’t be the coach Sunday, 30 year-old Jase Herl will be coaching the Rams. The Rams are coming off their worst loss in nine years, an 87-54 beat down in front of less than three thousands fans at Moby Arena. They shot just twenty-eight percent from the floor, and had eighteen turnovers against the Boise State Broncos. It seems as if Eustachy is not the only who is checked out for the Rams this year.
Senior day at 1pm will be the last game for Hallice Cooke and Elijah Foster for Nevada. Foster is the lone holdover from the David Carter era and Cooke is a transfer from Iowa State University.
With a win Nevada will win the regular season conference championship for the second year in a row. Nevada currently is ranked 20th in the AP poll. Joe Lunardi has them trending up as a seven seed in his ESPN NCAA Tournament seeding projections. Nevada has won at least twenty-four games for three seasons in a row under coach Musselman. Nevada has a BPI of 25, an RPI of 10, a strength of schedule of 32. Jordan Caroline, has twenty-four career double-doubles and Nevada is twenty-three and one in those contests. Kendall Stevens and his sixty-four made three pointers is a new Mountain West Conference record.
I usually do three keys to victory for Nevada games but with the Rams playing the way they are and the way Nevada is playing the way they are I think the only key for Nevada is to show up and take the game serious. I have no doubt that the fiery Musselman will have the Pack ready to feast on sheep.