by Stone Harper
Nevada is on a six-game losing streak after back-to-back defeats against Long Beach State and California. Nevada has been struggling profoundly during this losing streak due to the Pack’s poor offensive production. Currently, the Wolf Pack is shooting a mere 36 percent from the field and a horrific 26 percent from the three-point line. Not only has Nevada not been shooting efficiently, but the team has not been getting to the free-throw line nearly enough. Nevada is only averaging 23 free throw attempts a game and for a team that shoots the ball as poorly as Nevada this is not nearly enough. On the bright side, Nevada is playing great defense, which has kept it in most of the games, with notable examples being games against Seton Hall, Clemson and California. Nevada holds its opponents to 63 points per game and is out-rebounding teams by over five boards. The Wolf Pack will look to match its defensive intensity on the offensive side of the ball to break out of its long losing streak during this week’s game.
WE ARE THE TITANS
Nevada will continue its California competition when it hosts Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. The Titans are a scrappy squad and even though it is 3-6, the team has lost multiple games by less than eight points.
Just like Nevada, Cal State Fullerton is also a defensive team. The Titans have allowed only two teams to go over 80 points this season.
Cal State Fullerton is led in the back court by junior Lanerryl Johnson who is a pure scorer, leading the team with 15.2 points per game. He also shoots the ball very efficiently, with a 42 percent from the field, 38 percent from the three-point line and 80 percent from the free throw line. That said, Johnson is not the most consistent playmaker, as he only averages 2 rebounds and assists per game. If the Wolf Pack can limit his shooting, Nevada will be able to minimize the impact Johnson can make on this game.
In the frontcourt, Cal State Fullerton is paced by redshirt senior Moses Morgan, who is a transfer from DePaul and leads the forwards with 10.2 points per game. The Las Vegas native also shoots the ball well for a forward, shooting
the ball at 30 percent from beyond the arc. Nevada will need to score and take much more efficient shots. The Wolf Pack shot 40 percent from the field and took a six-point lead into half last Sunday against California. During the second half, Nevada only shot the ball at 25 percent and it was outscored by 13 points. Scoring the ball and coming out after intermission strong will be big determiners in Nevada winning.
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