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.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at