Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
Nevada has been trying to put together an at-large resume worthy of consideration for the NCAA tournament and thus far on the year the Wolf Pack stand 7-2 overall with their defeats coming against Saint Mary’s and Iona. Nevada is lacking in the resume win department and it’s looking like this group will have to get through the MWC to reach the Big Dance as a result. The Wolf Pack aren’t lacking for talent and experience and this group currently ranks 86th in the nation in scoring average and 147th in total defense. Missouri State transfer has made an immediate impact on this squad leading the way averaging 19.1 points per game.
The Washington Huskies have a solid home court advantage that they’ll try to leverage here against the Nevada Wolf Pack. The Huskies have been downright dreadful on the defensive side of the ball this season, but part of this has to do with the pace Washington pushes as this group ranks 329th in the nation in scoring average compared to 18th in scoring average. Washington reloaded their roster this past offseason after losing a lot of key players from last year’s squad, and it’ll be interesting to see how this group continues to grow. Washington stands 4-4 overall and the Huskies were embarrassed in their last outing losing to Gonzaga on the road by a final of 71-98. Newcomer Markelle Fultz leads the team averaging 23 points per game.
This has the ability to be a very competitive matchup as one of the top teams from the MWC goes on the road to face a developing group from the Pac 12. Washington’s home court advantage might not be quite as strong today, but should still be a factor for the Huskies. With that said we like Nevada to keep things competitive as they push for the upset on their way to covering the spread.
Nevada +4 -110