Category: NIT

The Wolf Pack is in the Elite Eight of the NIT. Now, it faces its third Pac-12 opponent of the year: Stanford. Will the Wolf Pack keep rolling or will the Cardinal stand tall?

This game could very well come down to who wins the battle of the guards. Deonte Burton is going to have to play well tonight, as does Malik Story. Stanford guards Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright have combined for 25.4 points per game and 194 assists. Inside is where the Wolf Pack’s going to have to press things. Hopefully, Olek Czyz’s monster night last game wasn’t a one time deal. And Dario Hunt should have pretty free rain to dominate the boards and score inside.

Stanford is a solid defensive team, however, holding teams to just more than 63 points per game. If this becomes a free throw shooting contest, Nevada fans should worry. We got a glimpse of it last game. The good news is the Cardinal shoots only 66 percent from the strip themselves, but I just can’t see anyone outside of Burton hitting two free throws down the stretch if they need them.

Prediction: It’ll be a back and forth game. But, Nevada wins 71-62.

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Both the Wolf Pack and the Golden Eagles were hoping to get into the NCAA Tournament. However, both fell short and now will face each other in the first round of the NIT. Who will come out on top?

Oral Roberts (27-6) also won its regular season championship before losing in the second round of its conference tournament. The Golden Eagles, however, have a 23-game home winning streak. These are two similar teams in that, much like Nevada, nearly all of Oral Roberts’ scoring comes from its starting five. Dominique Morrison leads the team in scoring with 20 points per game. Morrison is an offensive juggernaut who is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc. However, in total, four of the Golden Eagles’ five starters (Morrison, Warren Niles, Michael Craion and Steven Roundtree) average in double digit points. The starting five accounts for 84 percent of the team’s total scoring.

For Nevada to win, its starters must be on their game. No room for a slow start and Deonte Burton, Malik Story, Olek Czyz, Dario Hunt and Jerry Evans Jr. need to have solid games. Prior to the WAC Tournament, the Wolf Pack had played well on the road. Nevada’s starters account for 85 percent of the team’s total scoring. This will be a matter of which team’s starters can rise to the occasion and put away the disappointment of missing the NCAA Tournament.

Prediction: I hate to say this. But, I just get a bad feeling that the Wolf Pack isn’t going to be at its best. Oral Roberts wins 70-64.

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The Wolf Pack failed to secure a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Now it will hit the road as the fifth-seeded Wolf Pack will face fourth-seeded Oral Roberts in the first round of the NIT.

Oral Roberts won 20 of 21 games before being upset in its conference tournament. Nevada had a 16-game winning streak before losing to Louisiana Tech in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament.  The game will be televised by ESPN3 at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. Game preview will be up Wednesday. And, if I held a live chat during the game would you guys take part? Let me know in the comments.

What do you think of the Wolf Pack’s matchup?

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