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For only the second time in the program’s history, Nevada will be retiring a jersey number. The Wolf Pack will be honoring #22, Nick Fazekas with a retirement ceremony on February 27th. Fazekas was a member of the team from 2003-2007. He is the teams all-time career leading scorer and is the owner of three-straight WAC play of the year awards. In his time at Nevada, he lead the school to four appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Nick will be making the trip from Japan, where he currently plays professionally. After this season, no other Wolf Pack player will ever wear the #22. A rare honor for a deserving player.
San Diego State is a modern-day dynasty in terms of their conference dominance. They have won 5 of the last 6 MWC titles, and are looking to add another one this season. A powerhouse not only within the conference, but also one gaining national recognition as well. But even with this success, they’ve failed to make it out of the regional stage of the NCAA Tournament. But head coach Mark Martinez is confident in his team’s ability to make a bigger impact this season. They team as reloaded with no talent this offseason, and they have their eyes on more then just another MWC title this year.
It took a strong effort from Utah State to pull of the victory against Wyoming last night. Head coach Craig Smith credited the team’s ability to make adjustments when they needed to. The Aggies were favored by over 20 points coming into this game, but odds don’t always tell the whole story. But their ability to rebound from adversity proved to be the difference maker, as they were able to secure the win, 76-59.
If you’ve been following the Lobos closly this season, you know have much the team as struggled. It as been an up and down campaign for UNM to say the least. But Wednesday night’s win over San Jose State offered a refreshing reality for UNM. They battled back from an early deficient and find their offensive rhythm was a good sign for the team and a confidence booster. In the span of 13 minutes, the Lobos went on a 35-6 run to help secure the victory. Forward Corey Manigault and Keith McGee were the standout players for UNM. With Manigault scoring 17 and McGee racking up 20.
On The Horizon
Friday: 2019, Recruiting Breakdown: Fresno State, Boise State, Utah State headline preseason Mountain West S&P Rankings, and MWC Baseball Season Preview 2019