On Saturday, the Aztecs travel to face the #23 team in the nation, the Nevada Wolf Pack. Nevada comes in with 20- 5 record (9-2 in conference play), which has includes wins versus Rhode Island, Davidson, Boise State and others.
Nevada is led by Head Coach Eric Musselman, who is in his third season with the Wolf Pack. The Wolf Pack are paced by North Carolina State transfer forward Caleb Martin, who averages 19.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, however Martin is currently suffering through a Lisfranc strain that will keep him out indefinitely. Nevada also has three others who average double digits. The second leading scorer is forward/center Jordan Caroline who on the year is scoring 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest. Nevada’s third leading scorer is the other Martin twin, Cody Martin, who is averaging 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds and is shooting 52% from the field. Finally, Purdue transfer Jackson Stephens is scoring 12.8 points per game and is a sharpshooter from three point range, shooting 42.9% from there.
Overall as a unit, Nevada is averaging 82.8, which is second in the Mountain West conference. The Wolf Pack has one of the best records in college basketball at 20-5. Right now, according to Espn’s bracketologist Joe Lunardi they are projected to be a eight seed in the NCAA tournament. One key matchup to keep a eye on is a matchup between the big guys. The matchup is Nevada's Caroline and the Aztecs Malik Pope. Caroline is a under sized 5, at only 6’7 but he is really physical so Pope has to have a good game and stop Caroline for the Aztecs to have a shot on the road.
Last year, The Aztecs split the season series with the Wolf Pack. Going into Saturday’s game, Nevada is a strong favorite but if all the Aztecs play well and all are consistent, the Aztecs might have a chance to beat Nevada.