LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada got an early scare in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals.
After trailing Boise State by 15 points in the first half, the Wolf Pack slowly responded. And not...
College coaches look for agile big men in recruiting
Coaches used to walk into a gym, see a big guy dominating the paint and want to recruit him right away. Get a talented big man who could play with his back to the basket and the program would be...
Correction: BKC-T25-Nevada-Utah St story
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — In a story March 3 about Utah State beating No. 12 Nevada 81-76, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Nevada coach Eric Musselman went on an expletive-laced tirade...
No. 12 Nevada beats in-state rival UNLV 89-73
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The big three for No. 12 Nevada showed up in a big way Wednesday night.
Caleb Martin scored 24 points, Cody Martin had a season-high 23 and the Wolf Pack cruised to an...
Martin leads No. 6 Nevada to 74-68 win over Fresno State
RENO, Nev. (AP) — After a loss in the last game, Nevada coach Eric Musselman told forward Tre'Shawn Thurman he would not start the next game. It's something he also did after the Wolf Pack's first...
Dutcher, SDSU stir up MWC by beating Musselman’s Wolf Pack
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A couple of coaches' sons have a pretty good rivalry going on in the Mountain West Conference, and so far, Brian Dutcher's San Diego State Aztecs have dominated Eric Musselman's...
No. 6 Nevada avenges only loss, defeats New Mexico 91-62
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Coach Eric Musselman posted the score of Nevada's 27-point loss to New Mexico on the homecourt scoreboard at the team's next practice.
Forward Trey Porter said Musselman's goal was simple.
"(So we knew) that we got smacked," Porter said. "That's one of the worst losses that I've had in my career."
On Saturday, Porter had 20 points and nine rebounds as No. 6 Nevada avenged its only loss of the season in a dominating 91-62 win over New Mexico.
Caroline scores 40 as No. 6 Nevada beats CSU 98-82
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Jordan Caroline kept Nevada rolling ahead of a showdown with New Mexico in three days.
Caroline scored 30 of his season-high 40 points in the first half and No. 6 Nevada beat Colorado State 98-82 on Wednesday night for its eighth straight win.
Column: No matter the name, No. 8 Nevada is for real
LAS VEGAS (AP) — About the only thing in dispute at the UNLV campus arena Tuesday night was what to call the team that dominated a home squad that no longer lives up to its nickname as the Runnin' Rebels.
Down here they call them UNR, or the University of Nevada-Reno. There's some satisfaction in that, especially now that UNLV is no longer the best team in the state.
The rest of college basketball calls them Nevada. And those really in the know are calling them a legitimate Final Four team.
Caleb Martin scores 26 as No. 8 Nevada beats UNLV 87-70
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada has dropped one game all season, and it didn't take that setback too well.
Since losing at New Mexico on Jan. 5, the eighth-ranked Wolf Pack have won six straight — five by double digits — after Caleb Martin had 26 points and six rebounds Tuesday night in an 87-70 victory over UNLV.
Nevada (20-1, 7-1 Mountain West) has outscored opponents by an average of 20.3 points during the streak.
No. 7 Nevada romps to 100-60 win over Colorado State
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada coach Eric Musselman threatened to turn off the 3-point green light after a lackluster shooting performance Saturday by the seventh-ranked Wolf Pack against Air Force.
Musselman sang a different tune following his team's 100-60 win Wednesday night over Colorado State.
"I kind of wanted to get under their skin a little bit," Musselman said. "They were having a good time tonight when they started knocking them down. They were pointing at me and laughing."
Late surge pushes No. 10 Nevada past Air Force 67-52
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Eric Musselman hinted at looking into a new offensive approach for No. 10 Nevada despite a 15-point win.
Jordan Caroline scored 19 points and the Wolfpack overcame a poor shooting performance to beat Air Force 67-52 on Saturday night.
Martin’s 27 points helps No. 10 Nevada beat Fresno State
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Back at center for the first time since the Sweet 16 a year ago, Nevada's Jordan Caroline had a fairly easy time putting up his 10th double-double of the season while matching his career high for rebounds.
Caroline's come-from-behind steal and block in the second half were even bigger for the 10th-ranked Wolf Pack.
No. 10 Nevada crushes SJSU, 92-53
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The floodgates opened again for No. 10 Nevada on Wednesday night.
After its first loss of the season Saturday, 85-58 at New Mexico, the Wolf Pack returned to form in its 92-53 win against San Jose State.
No. 6 Nevada unbeaten no more with loss at New Mexico
The number of unbeaten teams in college basketball is down to three.
No. 6 Nevada dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten with an 85-58 loss at New Mexico, leaving No. 2 Michigan, No. 4 Virginia and No. 19 Houston as the only teams with unblemished records.
No. 6 Nevada romps past Utah State 72-49 to remain unbeaten
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The last time Nevada won its first 14 games in a season, the Wolf Pack played in the Far Western Conference and Harry S. Truman was president.
Jordan Caroline scored 15 points and No. 6 Nevada matched a school record set in 1951-52 by beating Utah State 72-49 on Wednesday night.
Martin scores career-high 33, No. 6 Nevada beats Utah 86-71
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Eric Musselman observes other coaches bench players when they aren't shooting well. He, instead, tells his stars to just shoot more.
Caleb Martin scored a career-high 33 points and Jordan Caroline added 17 to lead No. 6 Nevada over Utah 86-71 on Saturday.
"Coach gives us so much confidence," Martin said. "I know how good a shooter I am capable of being. I just had to shoot myself out of it and get to the rim a couple times."
Martin scores 19, hits late 3 as No. 6 Nevada beats Akron
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada ought to have plenty to celebrate this Christmas, but coach Eric Musselman is bringing a sour mood into the holiday.
Caleb Martin and Jordan Caroline scored 19 points apiece, and Martin hit a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to help No. 6 Nevada fend off Akron 68-62 on Saturday.
The Wolf Pack (12-0) continued a four-game stretch of poor 3-point shooting that has Musselman searching for answers.
Caroline, No. 7 Nevada rally again to beat South Dakota St.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada coach Eric Musselman says he focuses on the stars.
"Some coaches have a philosophy that they're going to let the (opposing) stars score and they are going to shut everyone else down," Musselman said. "We don't hide the fact that our total focus is on the star players and we want the peripheral players to beat us."
That's exactly what No. 7 Nevada did in its 72-68 victory Saturday over South Dakota State and its duo of Mike Daum and David Jenkins.
New hip surgery for Nevada’s Drew; redshirt back next year
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada point guard Lindsey Drew will sit out the remainder of the basketball season for the No. 7 Wolf Pack after undergoing hip surgery while recovering from a ruptured Achilles.
The university issued a statement shortly after Wednesday's surgery that said Drew will redshirt the remainder of the 2018-19 season and plans to play as a redshirt senior for Nevada next season.
No. 6 Nevada rallies late to beat Grand Canyon 74-66
PHOENIX (AP) — Nevada had a short turnaround against a scrappy team with a loud fan base, even in what was technically a neutral-site game. The Wolf Pack stumbled out of the gate, had a hard time finding enough of an offensive rhythm to pull away.
Relying on grit and experience, Nevada pulled out a game when it wasn't at its best — a sure sign of a team that could make plenty of noise in March.
No. 6 Nevada rallies past No. 20 Arizona State 72-66
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sixth-ranked Nevada played what might be its only ranked opponent of the regular season. The Wolf Pack knew a win could help bolster their case come March.
Yet coach Eric Musselman couldn't believe how his team responded to start the game.
"Coach mentioned at halftime, 'You finally meet some talent and this is how you react?'" Caleb Martin said. "It kind of turned some guys up in the locker room."
Caleb Martin powers No. 6 Nevada to another 8-0 start
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nevada's bus pulled into Loyola of Chicago's arena and the Wolf Pack made their way to the locker room. Even behind closed doors, one of college basketball's most derisive chants rang in their ears: "Over-rated!"
Of course the Ramblers' fans laid it on thick last week. Nevada nearly derailed the team's storybook run in the NCAA Tournament last season.
"We're getting used to this," coach Eric Musselman said.
No. 6 Nevada routs UMass at Vegas Invitational
LAS VEGAS (AP) — It appears the Wolf Pack has found their offensive rhythm.
Caleb Martin scored 29 points, Tre'Shawn Thurman added 22 points and eight rebounds, and No. 6 Nevada beat Massachusetts 110-87 in the Las Vegas Invitational's second championship game on Friday at the Orleans Arena.
Martin, who was named the tournament MVP, finished 9 of 15 from the field and 6 of 10 from 3-point range.
No. 6 Nevada spears Cal Baptist Lancers, 90-55
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Trey Porter thinks his adrenaline got the best of him during the first three games of the season.
"I'm a diabetic, so I got my blood sugar up a little bit," said Porter, who transferred to Nevada this season from Old Dominion. "It makes me kind of cranky. ... I was able to control my blood sugar (tonight). It definitely helped me out."
No. 6 Nevada dominates Little Rock, 87-59
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Eric Musselman says point guard Cody Martin has full control of No. 6 Nevada.
Martin finished with 14 points and 10 assists as Nevada defeated Little Rock 87-59 on Friday night.
Martin has plenty of options when he is looking to distribute the ball and it showed against Little Rock (2-1).
"He's a next level point guard," Musselman said. "He's got a great basketball IQ. He's letting the game come to him. He's not forcing shots. He's not taking bad shots."
Martin scores 22 points, No. 7 Nevada beats Pacific 83-61
RENO, Nevada (AP) — Nevada coach Eric Musselman wanted to send a message about his team's 3-point shooting, especially against the zone defense.
"I think everybody is playing zone (when they play us)," Musselman said Friday night. "That's fine. I think our school record is 17 3s. I didn't know it until I grabbed the stat sheet. I would have told them to launch a few more with five minutes to go because we're two short from the record."
No. 7 Nevada beats BYU 86-70
RENO, Nev. (AP) — After an ankle injury last week, Nevada forward Jordan Caroline sat out a week of practices before playing in No. 7 Nevada's season opener.
"I was going to play no matter what," said Caroline, who tied a career high with 16 rebounds. "If I was in a cast, I was going to play."
Caroline led all players with 25 points as No. 7 Nevada beat Brigham Young 86-70 on Tuesday night.
Expectations reach an all-time high at No. 7 Nevada
Nevada put together one of the best seasons in program history last year despite a shorthanded roster.
The Wolf Pack have nearly everyone back, including a preseason All-American, added key transfers and have a program-best No. 7 ranking in The Associated Press preseason poll.
With all that comes something rarely seen in Reno: Sky-high expectations.
Nevada preview capsule
Last season: 29-8, reached second Sweet 16 in school history.
Nickname: Wolf Pack.
Coach: Eric Musselman.
Conference: Mountain West.
Who's gone: G Kendall Stephens, G Hallice Cooke, G Darien Williams.
Nevada basketball signs transfer from Louisiana Tech
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Jalen Harris, a former Louisiana Tech guard who was named to Conference USA's all-freshman team a year ago, has agreed to play basketball at Nevada beginning in the 2019-20 season.
Nevada Coach Eric Musselman announced Friday the school has signed Harris to a scholarship agreement that will leave him with two years of eligibility after he sits out the 2018-19 season.
The unpredictable Page 2 of the Star Tribune print edition on Thursday included this brief shot at coach Tom Thibodeau from the Twitter account @mic_marty: I went to Twolves tonight and was tied for 9th in minutes played.
Nevada hoops coach giving 2,500 football tickets to heroes
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada basketball coach Eric Musselman is giving away 2,500 tickets to the Wolf Pack's football game Saturday to a variety of local heroes in connection with the celebration of Veterans Day.
The school announced Monday that Musselman purchased the tickets to donate to northern Nevada members of the military, first responders and teachers.
Musselman says his family feels it's important to give back to those who make up the backbone of the local community.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada coach Eric Musselman has signed a five-year extension through 2021-22 after leading the Wolf Pack to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007.
University President Marc Johnson announced the signing Tuesday, about seven weeks after reaching an agreement in principal following Musselman's withdrawal from consideration for the top job at California. Terms of the contract weren't disclosed.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada basketball coach Eric Musselman has signed a five-year extension through 2021-22 after leading the Wolf Pack to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007.
University of Nevada President Marc Johnson announced the signing Tuesday about seven weeks after reaching an agreement in principal following Musselman's withdrawal from consideration for the top job at California. The terms of the contract weren't disclosed.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Former UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice, who spent the past season as an assistant at Nevada, has accepted an assistant coaching job at the University of Washington.
Rice served as head coach at UNLV for four and one-half seasons before he joined the Wolf Pack staff last year under Nevada coach Eric Musselman.
Travis DeCuire isn't going anywhere.
Montana's head men's basketball coach, who was connected to the vacant coaching position at Cal this week, has removed his name from consideration for the job and will return to the Griz for a fourth season.
Coach Eric Musselman says he’s staying at Nevada
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Nevada coach Eric Musselman said Wednesday he has withdrawn his name for consideration for the coaching vacancy at California, committed to continuing to build the Wolf Pack program after the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 in his second season.
Nevada looks to win, not just dance in NCAA Tournament
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Minutes after Nevada clinched its first berth in the NCAA Tournament in a decade, Coach Eric Musselman had a message for his team.
"We are not going to the dance to just go there. We are not going there just to have fun and say we participated in it," Musselman told his players.
Oliver scores 25 to help Nevada rebound at Air Force, 78-59
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Cameron Oliver scored 25 points with 15 rebounds and Nevada defeated Air Force 78-59 on Wednesday night.
Oliver was 9-for-12 shooting and went 5 for 5 at the line as the Wolf Pack rebounded from a Sunday loss to San Diego State and now trail Colorado State by a half-game in the Mountain West Conference.
The strategy behind Nevada’s improbable comeback
Nevada trailed New Mexico by 25 with 11 minutes left, was still down 14 at 89 seconds to go.
Coach Eric Musselman's message at both junctures was simple: Keep playing hard.
The Wolf Pack did, pulling off one of the greatest comebacks in college basketball history in a place they had never won.
Musselman breaks down how the improbable 105-104 overtime victory on Saturday night in Albuquerque came together:
Marshall hits game-winner as Nevada stuns Washington 87-85
SEATTLE (AP) — Nevada's Marcus Marshall knew the clock was running down, knew he didn't have time to try and get around Washington's Matisse Thybulle. The only option was flipping an off-balance runner toward the basket.
He did it just in time.
"The guy sitting at the top of the building today knew that we were going to him down the stretch because we went to him for 4½ minutes and we rode him," Nevada coach Eric Musselman said. "Special players make special shots."
Nevada junior forward Foster suspended after battery arrest
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada power forward Elijah Foster has been suspended from the Wolf Pack basketball team following his arrest for contempt of court and first-degree domestic battery.
Coach Eric Musselman announced Monday that Foster has been suspended indefinitely from all basketball-related activities. He declined further comment.
Oliver scores 24 to lead Nevada past Oregon State 83-58
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Cameron Oliver scored 24 points on 9 of 12 shooting as Nevada cruised to an 83-58 victory against Oregon State on Friday night.
Nevada (2-1) took a 48-25 advantage into halftime and never trailed.
No. 17 Saint Mary’s opens season by beating Nevada 81-63
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — As dominant as Saint Mary's has been at home over the past decade, Nevada coach Eric Musselman questioned why he even scheduled the game — especially for the season opener.
"That's what an NCAA Tournament team looks like," Musselman said. "They never lose here. I shouldn't have scheduled the game. I don't really know what else to say. ... I've been in this building too many times. We were not ready to play that type of competition."
Dismissed at California, Yann Hufnagel embraces new start
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Yann Hufnagel returned to the bench as a Nevada assistant for his first formal game Friday night since being fired by California late last season amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Promising freshmen at Nevada, UNLV cleared for hoops
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's Josh Hall and UNLV's Cheickna Dembele are among the freshmen players the NCAA has cleared to play basketball this season after their eligibility had been held up due to questions about the transfer of their academic records.
Nevada coach Eric Musselman told the Reno Gazette-Journal he received the good news Wednesday about Hall, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound swingman he says can play any position other than center.