Scouting Gators’ opponent: Nevada Wolf Pack

San Diego State's Devin Watson (0) defends as Nevada's Jazz Johnson (22) drives during the second half of the Mountain West Conference tournament Friday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Reno, 29-4.

Nickname: Wolf Pack. Coach: Eric Musselman.

Conference: Mountain West. Bid: At Large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 7.

Tournament History: 6-8 in 8 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Loyola-Chicago in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats

Scoring: 80.7 points per game, 46.6 fg pct, 35.1 3-pt pct, 70.8 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Caleb Martin 19.2; Jordan Caroline 17.3; Cody Martin 11.7.

Rebounds: Caroline 9.6; Tre’Shawn Thurman 5.7; Avg team margin (plus-2.4).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.46): Cody Martin (5.1/1.9), 167 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 72-49 at home to Utah State on Jan. 2.

Worst Loss: 58-85 at New Mexico on Jan. 5.

The Skinny: The Wolf Pack made the Sweet 16 last year and had a shot at advancing before losing a lead against the team that captured everyone’s hearts, Loyola Chicago. Nevada improved its defense this year and added Portland transfer Jazz Johnson. Of concern is the Achilles injury that caused Jordan Carolina (17.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg) to miss the Mountain West tournament semifinal loss to San Diego State. The 58 wins over the past two seasons is the best in Nevada history. All five starters are transfers.

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  1. It would be an amazing ending to a roller coaster season ‘IF’ this 2018-’19 Florida Men’s Basketball team can get past Nevada, then upset the other ”Big Blue Nation,” Michigan and make it to the ”Sweet 16.” Then, Lord willing, play a Buffalo or a Texas Tech (probably) in the round of 16. But if U.F. Men’s Basketball only makes it past Nevada, well, I’d be pleased with how this story ended. But I don’t know that I would want to ride on this roller coaster again any time soon. Still, the ending is definitely this Gator Basketball team’s to write.
    Go Gators! Beat Nevada!

    • I’m not so worried about how many points they average….the Gator defense has stifled just about every team’s offense by sometimes 10 points…it’s the fear that the team will go thorugh an 8:00 scoring drought to make things that much harder.

        • The heavy turnovers against Auburn was very uncharacteristic of this team, and causing a lot of turnovers is a staple of that Auburn team….look at what they did to UT in the finals. It’s not even the scoring droughts, but the extra long scoring droughts….especially during last 10:00 of games that have been the undoing of this year’s team. I believe that this team can survive a couple of 4-5 minute droughts inside a game, as long as it’s not the last 4-5 minutes. Looking forward to see what they can do on Thurs.

  2. This is a very good 7-seed draw for UF. The other 7-seeds, other than Wofford, although Wofford has played more than Nevada, have played double digit NCAA tourney caliber games. Nevada has played 3, and 1 of them was against a bubble team, and the highest seed they played was an 8. The majority of UF’s opponents the last 6 weeks have been 1-5 caliber seeds, plus many in the non-con schedule. They’re not gonna be used to playing a team that matches up w/ them talent wise.

    • All five of their starters are transfers? They’re not the Wolf Pack. They are the All-Stars! I watched a game or two of theirs. They won’t be a pushover, that’s for sure, but we should beat them.

  3. Interesting game. I happened to find a short-term investment site that had Florida at 50-1 to win it all (this was before the SEC tournament). I thought this was a high value investment for a Ben Franklin. It will depend on which Gator team shows up for the tournament. Either way, this has been one heck of a roller coaster season for the Gators. Just check all the double-digit leads the Gators have blown. Then look at the games they lost when holding a lead with under 10 minutes to go. Oh My!