The Nevada Wolfpack is not among the the favorites to win the NCAAB title. Their best season was in 2004.
The Wolfpack made a big Run in 2004
The Nevada Wolfpack have been here before, just not very often.
The team from Reno, Nev., enjoyed a banner year in the Mountain West Conference. With that success comes the team’s eighth trip to the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, which started in 1939.
The Wolf Pack (15-9), who are led by third-year head coach Steve Alford, have enjoyed a fairly solid season this year. They will be geared up for March Madness this year, as we await the picks for the brackets.
They face Boise State in the Mountain West Tournament, waiting to see what happens with the bracket placements for this year’s tournament.
Junior forward Grant Sherfield is Nevada’s leading scoring. He averages 18.0 points a game and scores on more than 40 percent of his shots from the three-point line.
Desmond Cambridge Jr. (15.7), Warren Washington (9.3), and Zane Meeks (9.0) also power the Wolf Pack offense, making them a formidable side when everyone is moving right.
The March Madness betting odds for the 2022 tournament are now available. Let’s see how the Wolfpack fair this year. Nevada starts out at +20000. The odds were last updated on June 7, 2022:
|Illinois Fighting Irish||+1000||+1000||+1000||+1000|
|Ohio State Buckeyes||+1450||+1500||+1500||+1500|
Las Vegas sportsbooks will be louder than usual with a school from its own state in the tournament. The betting action on the money line, point spread and over/under will be heavier than usual with the Wolf Pack in the game.
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The excitement for the 2021 tournament starts up on March 13 with the selection committee’s 68 picks. Pre-tournament play begins with the First Four on March 15. March Madness is divided into four regions, with 16 teams in each bracket. First-round action gets underway with 32 games on March 17-18.
The Final Four is scheduled for April 2 in Indianapolis. The winners of those two games will tip-off for the championship on Monday, April 4.
If they hope to make a run in this elite tournament, they are guaranteed to battle some top university programs — like the four No. 1 seed in the tournament in Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan, and Illinois.
A victory over a top-ranked team would be the biggest in the program’s history.
The Wolf Pack basketball program began in 1913. The team has won 21 regular-season conference championships and five conference tournament championships in 105 years.
In their seven NCAA tournament appearances, the Wolf Pack have an all-time record of 4-7.
In 2004, the Wolf Pack won two games in the tournament for the first and only time in school history, reaching the Sweet Sixteen. They lost by five points and were eliminated by Georgia Tech.
Two years later, in 2006, Nevada gained its highest seed in the tournament at No. 5. The Wolf Pack lost in the opening round to No. 12 Montana.
Nevada reached its highest regular-season ranking in the polls in February 2007. The Wolf Pack were ranked ninth in the Coaches Poll and 10th by The Associated Press.
The team then went on a 10-year drought before finally gaining a spot in the tournament in 2017 as a No. 12 seed. They were eliminated again in the first round, losing to No. 5 Iowa State. The Wolf Pack finished the season with an overall record of 28-7.
They lost in the first round of March Madness 2019, with Florida taking the game 70-61. The team has changed a lot since then, so expect to see a very different team at this years’ tournament.