A very big week is behind the Nevada Wolf Pack. After the emotional win on Monday night against Louisiana Tech, Nevada followed with a 27 point pasting of Akron in the ESPN Bracket Buster. The result of the week is that Nevada has made it back to the Top 25 in the AP poll.
After spending the first couple of months ranked, and getting as high as 17th in the nation, Nevada dropped out after losing five times in twelve games, but has been slowly creeping back up the ranks.
What can I say about this? Finally! It looks like the rest of the nation is starting to notice the Pack again. Plus, there has been talk, mostly on local radio, about Mark Fox getting talked to by the likes of Missouri and Arizona State. I’m not sure what to think. I want to believe the guy has ties to the local community now, but who knows. And I think you can forget the talk about his wife’s job here having some sort of impact. If you have the chance to take over a basketball program that could win a national title in the next five years, like a Big 12 school ort a Pac 10 school can do, you take it. Plus, the money will be at least double what he’s getting here. Like I said, I really, really want him to stay here, but unless Cary Groth locks him up in a big way, and quickly, I believe this could be it for Coach Fox.
Look for a good game on Saturday in Logan. Utah State leads the WAC in a lot of offensive categories. But the Pack plays better defense than the average WAC team. Of course, Utah State held the Pack about 20 points under their season average when they played on January 23. So all bets are off. This is a battle for the WAC regular-season title, so it should be a dandy. A win here for Nevada should lock up an NCAA berth, but a loss could really affect the Pack’s chances of an at-large bid. Nevada needs a big game by several key players, including Nick Fazekas, Marcelus Kemp, and somebody else (I’m looking at you, Mo) to get out of there with a win. Will they get it? Watch locally on KREN (channel 21, or channel 6 on cable) or catch it on the web at WAC.tv.
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