It has not been the best season to date for the Nevada Wolf Pack. After losing Deonte Burton, who averaged over 20 points per game last year to graduation, the Wolf Pack had some shoes to fill. Nevada did not bring in any highly touted recruits in their 2014 class so it was going to be up to the the guys on the current roster to improve on the 15-17 (10-8) record they had last season.
As we approach March, Nevada is just 8-18 and 4-10 in Mountain West Conference play. No one has quite stepped up to fill the 20 points missing from Deonte Burton on a nightly basis but Nevada has had a balanced effort on the floor. This years team has six guys averaging between 6.7 and 12.5 points a night. They’re led by 6’9 junior center AJ West. West, from Brooklyn, NY, is averaging 12.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks a night for the Wolf Pack. In a recent loss to Wyoming, West posted 19 points, 19 rebounds, 3 blocks, and shot 6-6 from the field and 6-6 at the free throw line. Nevada has also had key contributions from junior guard Marqueze Coleman. Coleman is averaging 9.8 points, 3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals on the season.
The while sitting at 8-18, there have been some close games this season that had a couple of things gone differently, we could be looking at a different overall record. The Wolf Pack lost by 3 to Weber State, 4 to Pacific, 3 and 4 to Fresno State (twice), 5 to UNLV, and 2 to San Diego State. They have played a lot of teams close, but could not put them away late in games.
The Wolf Pack will close out this season at Air Force, vs San Jose State, vs Colorado State, and at #24 San Diego State. Outside of a run that ends in Nevada winning the Mountain West Conference Tournament, they’ll miss out on the March Madness Tournament this year.