It's A New Season

Although all the regular season numbers, averages, point totals and season records are official, you can now officially throw them out the window. (Hear scream coming from outside.) That's because the WAC Basketball Tournament is set to begin in Reno Thursday, and as of now the only thing that matters as far as the NCAA Tournament is concerned is which team wins this week. We feature an in-depth preview of each of the eight WAC teams in the tournament.

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Thursday, March 9
Men's Quarterfinals


Game 1 - #3 Louisiana Tech vs. #6 Boise State, 12:00 p.m.

 

Boise State

Greg Graham has coached the Broncos for four years and has a 66-58 record. Boise State's early hopes for finishing in the top four in the Western Athletic Conference collapsed when the Broncos lost five of their last seven games. The Broncos' problems are usually not on the offensive side; they average 71.4 points a game (4th in the conference) but rather on defense, where they allow 73.2 points per contest. A strength of the team is free-throw shooting (71.9%) but they only got to the line 281 times in conference, 82 times less than New Mexico State. The Broncos simply must be more aggressive in drives to the basket. That's a tall order for a team that is already last in the WAC in turnover margin (-1.5 per game).

Coby Karl is the leader of this team and how he goes, the Broncos go. Karl is averaging 17.3 points on the season, 19.1 in conference games (3rd in the league). Karl is 70-171 from 3-point land and is an excellent free-throw shooter (121-150) at 80.7%. He also leads the team in assists with 112. Karl is one of the team's leading rebounders (5.0 average), one of three Broncos with 29 steals (Eric Lane and Matt Bauscher being the others) and leads the team in blocked shots with 13. The latter statistic does not reflect well on the Broncos' big men. Boise State's entire team has 56 blocks on the season; Paul Millsap of Louisiana Tech has 68 by himself.

The WAC ranks Karl in eight of the 12 statistical categories. He is rapidly moving up in the Boise State record books as well. Karl is 7th on the all-time scoring list, 2nd in 3-pointers, 6th in assists and 8th in free-throws.

Lane has been solid of late and averages 11.3 points for Coach Graham's Broncos. He will have to hit for 18-25 points per game in the tournament if the Broncos are to be successful. Lane has 87 assists for Boise State.

Image hosting by PhotobucketFormer Caldwell High star Bauscher averages 8.6, Tez Banks 8.0 and 5.6 rebounds (9th in the WAC) while hard-working Seth Robinson contributes 7.3 and 4.7 rebounds. Robinson is also an excellent free-throw shooter at 78.2%, but is only 25-32. Robinson must attack the basket more often to utilize his dependability from the charity stripe. Robinson also is the Broncos' leading shooter at 58.5% so he needs to get at least one touch per possession.

Tyler Tiedeman chips in with 6.1 points and Kareem Lloyd averages 5.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. Kenny Wilson is the team's 4th leading shooter 47.8% and the 2nd-best 3-point shooter (28-63 for 44.4%) but only plays 14 minutes a game.

 

Louisiana Tech

Keith Richard has compiled a 138-96 record in 8 seasons at Louisiana Tech. Louisiana Tech finished 11-5 in the Western Athletic Conference and 19-11 overall. They played a fairly tough non-conference season, losing to Wisconsin, Alabama, Memphis and Nebraska. The Bulldogs had a nice win over Texas Tech prior to the WAC season. Tech defeated Boise State in Taco Bell Arena when star junior forward Paul Millsap (6-8, 240, Jr.) buried a three-pointer with time expiring and then downed the Broncos 81-71 in Ruston.

Louisiana Tech stayed in the race for number one in the WAC the entire season, and is one of the league's hotter teams entering the tournament, having won five of its last seven. They were swept by both Nevada and Utah State, however. Tech's strength is in its control of the boards--they rank13th in the country in rebounding margin. They sneak in and get an incredible 16.7 offensive rebounds a game.

The Bulldog defense really stepped it up in conference play, leading the WAC in scoring defense, allowing 60.5 points a game. Playing on the road against Hawai'i this past weekend, Louisiana Tech's defense smothered the homestanding Rainbow Warriors in the second half to give Hawai'i its only home league loss of the season. "I've seen this team defend like this all year," Richard said. "If you think about it, they've had to. The depth has been the key. I thought at the beginning of the year this team's depth would help on offense, but it's been the opposite. It's been a great year for us. I'm really proud of these guys."

Image hosting by PhotobucketOf course, you can't talk about Louisiana Tech without starting with Millsap, twice the NCAA leader in rebounding and once again the country's leader in that category. No player in collegiate history has ever led the nation three years in rebounding until Louisiana Tech's Millsap. The talented Techster, who was recently named to SI.com's Mid-Season All-America Third Team, is averaging 19.7 points (29th in the nation) and 13.5 rebounds per game. He grabbed 180 offensive rebounds alone. When conference only games are counted, that rebounding total shoots up to 14.1 a contest.

Millsap was chosen All-WAC for the second consecutive year after making the second team and all-newcomer team in his freshman season. Millsap was also selected to the league's All-Defensive Team this year. Millsap quite simply is one of the best basketball players the conference has ever seen. Millsap tops the Bulldogs in blocked shots with 68 and in steals with 51. On the other hand, Millsap has also accumulated 90 fouls, three per game, and if he has any weaknesses at all, that would be it.

"Millsap is one of the greatest players I've played against, said San Jose State's Carlton Spencer. To see what he did tonight, you have no other choice but to worry about him," said Spencer, who led all players in scoring. "When you give a player like Millsap so much attention, the other guys will do something big, which they did tonight."

Millsap's supporting cast, and it really is that, is led by Corey Dean (6-4, 200, Sr.) averaging 8.1 points per game. Dean is the Bulldogs' top free-throw shooter at 76.2 percent. Marcus Elliott (6-3, 180, Jr.) is hitting 7.1 points per game. Elliot is a legitimate three-point threat, hitting 30 of 100 shots from behind the arc for 30%.

Michael Wilds (6-8, 240, Sr.) keeps defenses from collapsing on Millsap with excellent three-point shooting (36-97 for 37.1%); Wilds is averaging 5.9 points a game. Daevon Haskins (6-3, 170, Sr.) has started all 30 games for Louisiana Tech and is averaging 5.0 points a game. He is far and away the team leader in assists (117) and also has 50 steals. Haskins is 2nd in the WAC in both categories and, like his teammate Millsap, was chosen to be on the league's All-Defensive Team. Jerome Richardson (6-4, 200, Jr.) will also see plenty of action, averaging 5.8 points a game.

 

Louisiana Tech, which at #101 is the WAC's 3rd highest-rank team in this week's Sagarin Ratings, is a four-point favorite over #148 Boise State. Millsap is a special player but he's not going to beat you by himself. The key is making sure that his points are earned and not putbacks for easy buckets. Like Karl, he too has no other consistent scoring threats to complement his game. Thus, whichever team can get other players to step up offensively should win the game.

Tez Banks has improved his game this season for Boise State; he played well against Millsap in leading the Broncos to an early advantage over Tech in Ruston before he was called for three quick fouls. Being a senior, Banks will not want to end his career and obviously, his play is crucial to Boise State's chances. As mentioned previously, the Broncos must be aggressive on offense. They must drive the lanes and work the ball inside, not being content to cast off a 3-pointer. When they play their best, Boise State shoots the ball well, scores a lot of points, gets clutch free-throw shooting and can shoot long distance with the best of the WAC. Their Achilles heel has been turnovers; when they take care of the ball, the Broncos usually win. When they are careless, they lose.

 


Game 2 - #2 Utah State vs. #7 San Jose State, 2:30 p.m.

 

San Jose State

Coach George Nessman was the recruiting coordinator at California prior to entering his first full season at the helm of the Spartans. San Jose State finished 8th in the WAC with a 2-14 league mark and 6-24 overall. Their only conference wins of the season both came at the expense of cellar dweller Idaho. The Spartans enter the WAC Tournament with eight straight losses.

"Our system is fast-paced," said Nessman. "Our system puts a premium on seeing the game and understanding what to do. Every situation in basketball gives you a set of alternatives – options on what to do next. We want it to be as purposeful and aggressive as we can be."

San Jose is averaging 63.7 points as a team while allowing 68.4 points per game for its opponents. San Jose also does not make mistakes; their 13.8 turnovers per game attests to that. They also attack the offensive glass; the Spartans are third in the WAC in offensive rebounds averaging 12.47 per game. San Jose employs a pressure defense that held Utah below 37% shooting last week. The team's weakness is shooting; they are hitting just 40.8% from the floor on the season.

Image hosting by PhotobucketThe Spartans feature a balanced attack with six players doing most of the scoring. Forward Demetrius Brown (6-6, 230, Sr.) tops the team at 13.4 points per game with frontcourt mate Alex Elam (6-4, 200, Sr.) close behind at 13.1. Brown, who originally considered going to Boise State, has been hitting the glass down the stretch for San Jose and finished the season as the team's leading rebounder with 143.

Carlton Spencer (6-2, 180, Jr.) has elevated his game a notch and contributes 9.8 points a game while Center Matt Misko (6-11, 225, Sr.) is at 6.6. Guard Jared Cozad (6-3, 195, Jr.) will be the other starter for Coach Nessman, averaging 3.1 points per game.

Center Menelik Barbary (6-9, 230, Jr.) contributes 6.3 points as he and Misko are interchangeable. Barbary is fifth in the WAC in blocked shots with 37. He is a force inside with 78 offensive rebounds out of 136 total. In fact, no less than nine Spartans have at or above 50 rebounds. Spencer has 113, Elam 105, Misko 98, Kevin Fleming (6-6, 215, Jr.) 88, Cozad 79, Devonte Thomas 69 and Gardner 51.

Senior backup guard Tyree Gardner (6-0, 170) accounts for 4.2 ppg. and Julian Richardson (6-1, 160, Jr.) 4.1 points per outing. Richardson (24-66) is the top threat from long distance although Elam (47-133) will fire at will.

 

Utah State

Stew Morrill, in his 20th year of coaching including 8 in Logan, has a 406-199 record, the most successful of the league's coaches. Utah State is 21-7 this season (11-5 in the WAC) and is on the "bubble" for making the NCAA Tournament--many feel the Aggies need to win the WAC to make it. Utah State downed San Jose State 67-56 in California and escaped with a 61-58 win in Logan against the Spartans.

USU is outscoring opponents 71.3 to 66.4. They are excellent shooters, hitting 47.3% of their shots from the field and 73.6% from the free-throw line. Better not turn your back on the Aggie shooters; collectively they're 2nd in the nation in 3-point shooting hitting 42.4% of their shots. Utah State is also 6th in the country in assists with over 18 per game.

Utah State is led by forward Nate Harris (6-7, 225, Sr.) and guard Jaycee Carroll (6-2, 175, So.), both of whom play nearly the entire game.

Image hosting by PhotobucketHarris, named to the All-WAC team, averages 17.1 points a game (8th in the league) yet can also hit the open man--he has 92 assists on the season. Harris uncanny from the field, hitting 62% of his shots (189-305), 12th in the nation. He also is a capable 71.9% shooter (97-135) from the free throw line. He also leads the team in rebounding with a 7.4 average. Harris has tremendous low post moves and is the team's best defender.

Image hosting by PhotobucketCarroll averages 16.7 points for Morrill and leads the Aggies with 27 steals. The second-team All-WAC selection is the top 3-point threat for USU, hitting 47.6% from downtown (89-187) and is also the Aggies' top free-throw shooter (52-64 for 81.3%). Carroll is 18th in the NCAA with 3.3 3-pointers per game. He's exceptionally quick and an outstanding leaper for his size.

Senior center Cass Matheus (6-10, 235) provides good inside presence with 9.3 points a game and 40 blocked shots. Matheus averages over three fouls per game however. Senior point guard David Pak (6-2, 200) is the team leader with 136 assists but also has 67 turnovers--he averages 7.4 per game. Durrall Peterson (6-3, 210, Jr) averages 7.6 points per game for the Aggies. Peterson will play both the #2 and #3 positions but is the poorest shooter (68-174 for just 39%) of the top six players. Junior forward Chaz Spicer (6-7, 215) is a top reserve with 7.6 points a game.

Coach Morrill had this to say about Utah State's first round opponent, San Jose State: "San Jose State is good defensively. They have been all year. They are in the top three or four in our league defensively. They are athletic, physical, and they guard you very well. Down there we played a little better offense and it was the first time they had seen us, yet it was not totally comfortable when we won at San Jose. I think they have had bad luck. They have been snake-bit in close games. The thing that is so impressive is how hard they keep playing. That is a credit to George (Nessman), their staff, and their kids."

 

Utah State was nationally ranked in 2004-05 and has the talent to win the tourney. They have excellent shooters, are superb from the free-throw line and are led by a tremendous coach. San Jose State has improved over the season, but USU should win this one easy.

 

 

Game 3--#4 Hawai'i vs. #5 New Mexico State 6 p.m.

 

Hawai'i

Riley Wallace has coached at Hawai'i for 19 years, compiling a 317-250 record on the islands. Hawai'i split against UNLV and owns wins against Michigan State, Utah State and Nevada. The Rainbow Warriors (18-9 overall and 11-5 in the WAC) have won four of their last five games and seven of its last nine. They split with Utah State and Nevada but lost both to Louisiana Tech. Hawai'i and New Mexico State split their season series, with the Aggies winning 87-84 in Las Cruces before Hawai'i returned the favor 61-56 in Honolulu.

A good barometer to watch for this team is the pace of the game. Hawai'i is 15-3 this season when scoring more than 61 points and they are an amazing 40-2 when scoring 80 or more points since 2000. On the season they are outscoring opponents by an average of 69.5 to 66.2 points per game. Hawai'i is holding opponents to under 41% shooting while averaging nearly 6 blocks a game, 12th in the nation. In fact, the Warriors have nearly three times as many blocks (163-55) as their opponents. Hawai'i set a new school record with 13 blocks against Nevada earlier this season, breaking the old record of 11 set in 1979.

Image hosting by PhotobucketAll-WAC performer Julian Sensley (6-9, 235, Sr.) leads the team in scoring with a 17.7 points per game average. He has 154 rebounds, becoming the 10th Hawai'i player to reach 500 in his career. Sensley also has 33 steals and is 2nd on the team in assists with 83.

Matt Lojeski hits for 13.7 points a contest and is the leading 3-point shooter on the team (55-139) at 39.6%. Lojeski is also an 85.7% (66-77) free throw shooter and leads the team in steals with 35. Ahmet Gueye is the third Warrior in double figures averaging 12.2 points a game. He leads the WAC in blocked shots with 65. Gueye is hitting 56% from the floor (126-225), 33rd in the nation, and is the team leader in rebounds with 201 (7.7 per game). Gueye and Lojeski were both named as members of the WAC Newcomer Team; Gueye was also named to the league's All Defensive Team.

Guards Matthew Gipson and Bobby Nash are both out for the season with injuries. For a team that does not play well away from the islands, that does not bode well for Hawai'i. Gipson was averaging 9.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Deonte Tatum is hitting 8.3 points per game and leads the team in assists with 69. He also has 26 steals. Chris Botez has played in all but one Rainbow Warrior game and has 111 rebounds but 77 fouls, or a foul for every four minutes and 20 seconds of playing time. Dominic Waters (6-1, 160) was named league Freshman of the Year and averages 3.1 points a game.

 

New Mexico State

Reggie Theus replaced retired Hall of Fame coach Lou Henson at New Mexico State. Prior to this season, Theus was an assistant coach for two seasons at Louisville under head coach Rick Petino. Theus was a 13-year NBA veteran and a two-time All-Star. Coach Reggie Theus's Aggies have a 15-13 season record, 10-6 in the WAC. Included are two losses to league champion Nevada and non-conference defeats to UTEP (twice), UCLA and Texas Tech. However, New Mexico State completed a season sweep of Utah State last month.

Thanks to the success this year (both in season record and increased attendance at Las Cruces), New Mexico State's athletic director has agreed to restructure Theus' contract after the season.

Theus' group has won six of seven and is without question one of the hottest teams in the league. They finished third in the WAC with their 71.5 points a game. They are the leading free-throw shooting team in the conference, hitting 74.7% of their shots and #3 in field goal percentage (45.5%). They have shot 363 free throws in conference--which is 59 more than the #2 in that category, San Jose State. As Boise State found out, the team excels with an aggressive defense that can steal the ball at any moment. The Aggies tied with Louisiana Tech for first in the league with 116 steals. Senior guard Mike Mitchell (6-0, 175) led the conference in steals while redshirt sophomore Tyrone Nelson (6-9, 210) is 6th in the league. If the game comes down to free throws, the Aggies are hitting an impressive 76 percent of their shots.

 

Image hosting by PhotobucketNelson leads the club at 18.3 points (2nd in the WAC at19.3 in conference games) and 8.8 rebounds a game. He has raised his field goal percentage to 55.9%, 2nd only to Nate Harris of Utah State. He has taken the Aggies on his back down the stretch, leading the team in scoring in each of the last six games. His importance to New Mexico State is evidenced by his selection Sunday to the All-WAC team. Nelson has a high game of 31 this year, which he hit against Texas-San Antonio. Nelson also has 45 assists for Coach Theus.

Image hosting by PhotobucketSecond-team All-WAC Elijah Ingram (6-0, 190, Jr.) is averaging 13.3 points (14.7 in the WAC for 11th place), leads the team in assists with 81, is an 77 percent free-throw shooter (6th in the conference) and is the leading 3-point threat (51-139) for the Aggies. However, Ingram leads the team in turnovers with 95. He is a transfer from St. John's. Ingram started 16 games for the Red Storm and led the Big East team in scoring. Ingram and Nelson were both honored by the WAC on its All Newcomer Team.

Mitchell completes the trio of Aggies hitting double figures at 12.5. He also brings more to the court than scoring, dishing out 54 assists on the season.

Ted Knauber (6-3, 180, Jr.) is also a 3-point shooter (40-118) and averages 6.9 points a game. The other starter will be David Fisher (6-6, 220, Jr.), the team's second leading rebounder at 6.3 per game, 10th in the WAC. Fisher also leads NMSU in blocked shots with 22. Shaun Davis (5-11, 170, Jr.), who starred at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls before coming to New Mexico State, is second on the team in assists with 67. Davis filled in for an injured Ingram in the loss last week to Hawai'i.

 

New Mexico State came from the bottom of the league to be a league contender. As their two games show, these two teams are evenly matched. Hawai'i has the height advantage and will work hard to prevent anything inside. New Mexico State has quickness on their side and, while they may not get a lot of points inside the paint, they likely will at least draw fouls to get their points from the free-throw line. Nelson for New Mexico State has been playing as well as anyone in the conference the second half of the season and in the postseason, it's important to have a star that can carry his team. The Aggies are a team on the move in the WAC and are a serious threat to make the championship game. They should get past Hawai'i but it will be close.

 


Game 4 - #1 Nevada vs. #8 Idaho, 8:30 p.m.

 

Idaho

Four years ago, Leonard Perry was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the top five up and coming coaches in the nation. Unfortunately, Idaho's teams have not helped Perry to maintain that prestige. Perry is 48-98 in five years at Moscow with a 1-15 record in their first season in the Western Athletic Conference.

Idaho has lost eight games in a row and it's not hard to figure out why. They are being outscored by 10 points a game, they are getting outrebounded by an average of 5 per game, are shooting less than 42 percent while allowing opponents to shoot nearly 46 percent and they are attempting 50 free throws less than opponents on the season.

Image hosting by PhotobucketGuard Tanoris Shepard (5-11, 175, Sr.) averages 14.9 points a game and is the team leader in assists with 100. Shepard was named to the WAC's All-Defensive Team Sunday. "Tanoris came in with me when I took this job and he's grown with the program," said Coach Perry. "He graduated in less than four years and that's almost unheard of in any sport. He's been an unbelievable student since he's been here and I think he's really matured over the years. If we have a team full of guys that follow Tanoris' blueprint as a student and work as hard as he does at basketball then we'll be set. He is a true Vandal."

His backcourt mate Keoni Watson (5-10, 180, Jr.) hits 10.3 points. Watson (46-63, 73%) and Shepard (87-121, 71.9%) are both dependable from the charity stripe. The pair are two bright spots for the Vandals but both of them are tied for the team lead with 47 turnovers each.

Forward David Dubois (6-5, 215, Fr.) is hitting 9.3 points a game and is the leading rebounder at 4.5. Brett Ledbetter (6-3, 180, Jr.) is at 6.2 points a game, Igor Vrzana (6-8, 225, Jr.) 5.4 and Mike Kale (6-8, 220, So.) 4.6 points per contest. The two strongest 3-point shooters are Ledbetter (53-145) and Shepard (46-136). Dubois has been a tiger on the boards lately for the Vandals (he grabbed 18 in the season finale against Boise State) and finished the regular season as the team leader in that category with 130. That's one more than Kale; Desmond Nwoke has grabbed 113 and Shepard 105. Kale has 101 fouls, though, nearly four per game and fouled out of 10 contests this year.

 

Nevada

Mark Fox was 25-7 last year in his first season at the helm of the Wolf Pack. Nevada upended #8 seed Texas in the first round, then were rewarded with a matchup against #1 Illinois. The Wolf Pack battled gamely but were defeated by the Fighting Illini 72-59. Two years ago, Nevada upset Michigan State and Gonzaga before losing to Georgia Tech in the regional semifinals.

The Wolf Pack have made a name for themselves in the NCAA Tournament, but this year's team is continuing the tradition by starting 2 juniors, 2 sophomores and a freshman. The 21st-rated team from Reno has won eleven games in a row to capture their third straight WAC regular season title (13-3) and second straight Top 25 ranking. That winning streak is the best in Reno in 40 years--the 1965-66 team won 17 in a row. Nevada has defeated Vermont, Kansas, Pacific and Georgia this season in running up a 24-5 record. The Pack have lost to UCLA, St. Mary's, Hawai'i, Fresno State and Utah State. Nevada blitzed the Vandals 70-44 in Reno but had to battle to get a 74-68 decision in Moscow.

Fox's team is outscoring opponents 72.8 to 63.2. The offense features good ball movement and aggressiveness. They get to the free-throw line often, shooting 94 more free throws on the season than their opponents. The Pack are 23rd in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 40.1%. They shoot 72.3% as a team from the free throw line and are second to Louisiana Tech in rebounding margin (+4.5 per game). Nevada also is second in blocked shots with 4.75 per game and in assists at 15.44 per game.

Two-time All-WAC forward and WAC Player of the Year Image hosting by PhotobucketNick Fazekas (6-22, 225, So.) is the clear leader of this team, averaging 21.6 points per game, 16th in the nation. In conference games, that average goes up to 23.0 per game. Fazekas was named to ESPN.com's All-America 2nd team and is one of 22 finalists for the John Wooden Award, given annually to the nation's top college basketball player. He does it all. He's 53% from the floor (238-449), 131-157 from the free throw line and a good long-range shooter, with 27 3-pointers on the season. He's always around the basket, grabbing 10.3 rebounds per game, including 87 on the offensive glass, and has 62 assists, 42 blocks and 34 steals.

In most other leagues, he would have led the league in both scoring and rebounding. With Louisiana Tech's Millsap in the WAC, Fazekas will have to settle for 2nd in the league and 14th in the nation. Plus, he plays in excess of 30 minutes a game and has yet to foul out of a game! You cannot stop Fazekas, but you must keep him from getting offensive rebounds and quick putbacks.

Fazekas has 1,725 career points and needs just seven more to move ahead of Alex Boyd into second place on Nevada's career list. "Each team writes its own legacy," he said. "This team is different than other teams. We rebound and we defend, but we don't do that as well as last year and we definitely don't score as well as the Sweet 16 team. But overall we're pretty good. We can do a lot of different things."

Junior Mo Charlo (6-7, 210) presents huge matchup problems for opponents, as he is the Pack's 3rd leading scorer at 10.2 points per contest and also the 2nd leading rebounder at 5.4 caroms a game. Charlo has 71 assists but 71 turnovers and leads the Pack in steals with 31. Kyle Shilo (6-3, 190, So.) also starts in the backcourt, averaging 9.3 points.  

Guard Marcelus Kemp (6-5, 210, So.) has been a spot starter, averaging 14.1 points a game. Like Fazekas, Kemp is an excellent free-throw shooter, hitting 84.5% from the charity stripe, 35th in the country. He's nailed 43 3-pointers and has 38 assists. Ramon Sessions (6-3, 190, Fr.) will start at point guard for Nevada; he's averaging 4.6 points. Sessions has 125 assists (2nd in the WAC) and 29 steals on the season. New Mexico transfer Chad Bell (7-0, 270, Jr.) is the center. Bell is averaging just 2.8 points and 2.7 rebounds.

"They are very similar to the teams in the past, said Fresno State coach Steve Cleveland. The thing I like is when you have Kemp and (Kyle) Shiloh on the wings at times. It causes problems because it stretches you out defensively. It's harder to guard them up close."

"They are good enough to play with anybody in the country," said San Jose State coach Nessman. "I think their win at Kansas (on Dec. 1) proved that. "But I don't think winning in the first round is enough for them anymore. They look like a team that could go to the second weekend and do some damage."

 

 

 

Idaho has played better the last few games, largely a result of the pride factor for themselves and their coach. Going into the WAC Tournament, the Vandals have nothing to lose and should be completely loose. The game in Moscow should alert the Pack not to take this team lightly. That said, Nevada is too strong and too deep a team to lose this game. This is the postseason, and the Pack will have the support of their home crowd. Idaho simply does not have anyone that can match up with Fazekas but then neither do most teams. Nevada will not have smooth sailing in the tournament and they need to focus so they can prepare themselves for tougher matches that await them. The Wolf Pack should win this game by more than 10.

 

 

All-WAC First Team:
Julian Sensley, Hawai'i, F, 6-9, 235, Sr., Kailua, Oahu (Los Angeles CC)
Paul Millsap, Louisiana Tech, F, 6-8, 245, Jr., Grambling, La. (Grambling HS)
Nick Fazekas, Nevada, F, 6-11, 230, Jr., Arvada, Colo. (Ralston Valley HS)
Tyrone Nelson, New Mexico State, F, 6-9, 210, So., Hampstead, Texas (Prairie View A&M)
Nate Harris, Utah State, F, 6-7, 225, Sr., Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS)

Second Team:
Coby Karl, Boise State, G, 6-4, 205, Jr., Mequon, Wisc. (Homestead HS)
Ja'Vance Coleman, Fresno State, G, 6-3, 215, Jr., Fresno, Calif. (College of the Sequoias)
Quinton Hosley, Fresno State, F, 6-6, 210, Jr., Harlem, N.Y. (Lamar CC)
Elijah Ingram, New Mexico State, G, 5-11, 190, Jr., East Orange, N.J. (St. John's)
Jaycee Carroll, Utah State, G, 6-2, 175, So., Evanston, Wyo. (Evanston HS)

Player of the Year: Nick Fazekas, Nevada
Freshman of the Year: Dominic Waters, Hawai'i, G, 6-1, 160, Portland, Ore. (Grant HS)
Don Haskins Coach of the Year: Mark Fox, Nevada

All-Newcomer Team:
Quinton Hosley, Fresno State, F, 6-6, 210, Jr., Harlem, N.Y. (Lamar CC)
Ahmet Gueye, Hawai'i, F, 6-8, 220, Jr., Dakar, Senegal (Salt Lake CC)
Matt Lojeski, Hawai'i, G, 6-5, 190, Jr., Racine, Wisc. (East Wyoming College)
Elijah Ingram, New Mexico State, G, 5-11, 190, Jr., East Orange, N.J. (St. John's)
Tyrone Nelson, New Mexico State, F, 6-9, 210, So., Hampstead, Texas (Prairie View A&M)

All-Defensive Team:
Ahmet Gueye, Hawai'i, F, 6-8, 220, Jr., Dakar, Senegal (Salt Lake CC)
Tanoris Shepard, Idaho, G, 5-11, 176, Sr., Saginaw, Mich. (Saginaw HS)
Daevon Haskins, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-3, 170, Sr., Balitimore, Md. (South Plains JC)
Paul Millsap, Louisiana Tech, F, 6-8, 245, Jr., Grambling, La. (Grambling HS)
Mo Charlo, Nevada, F, 6-7, 210, Sr., Eureka, Calif. (Diablo Valley College)

 

CONFERENCE BASKETBALL STATISTICS

2005-06 Western Athletic Conference
Through games of Mar 05, 2006 (Conference games only)



Scoring Offense
# Team                  G   W-L   Pts Avg/G
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1.Fresno State........ 16   8-8  1186  74.1
2.Nevada.............. 16  13-3  1164  72.8
3.New Mexico State.... 16  10-6  1144  71.5
4.Boise State......... 16   6-10 1143  71.4
5.Utah State.......... 16  11-5  1141  71.3
6.Hawaii.............. 16  10-6  1084  67.8
7.Louisiana Tech...... 16  11-5  1047  65.4
8.San Jose State...... 16   2-14 1027  64.2
9.Idaho............... 16   1-15  939  58.7


Scoring Defense
# Team                  G   Pts Avg/G
-------------------------------------
1.Louisiana Tech...... 16   968  60.5
2.Nevada.............. 16  1011  63.2
3.Hawaii.............. 16  1041  65.1
4.Utah State.......... 16  1063  66.4
5.New Mexico State.... 16  1133  70.8
6.San Jose State...... 16  1139  71.2
7.Boise State......... 16  1171  73.2
8.Idaho............... 16  1172  73.2
9.Fresno State........ 16  1177  73.6

Scoring Margin
# Team                  G    OFF   DEF Margin
---------------------------------------------
1.Nevada.............. 16   72.8  63.2   +9.6
2.Louisiana Tech...... 16   65.4  60.5   +4.9
3.Utah State.......... 16   71.3  66.4   +4.9
4.Hawaii.............. 16   67.8  65.1   +2.7
5.New Mexico State.... 16   71.5  70.8   +0.7
6.Fresno State........ 16   74.1  73.6   +0.6
7.Boise State......... 16   71.4  73.2   -1.8
8.San Jose State...... 16   64.2  71.2   -7.0
9.Idaho............... 16   58.7  73.2  -14.6


Free Throw Percentage
# Team                  G    FTM   FTA   Pct
--------------------------------------------
1.New Mexico State.... 16    271   363  .747
2.Utah State.......... 16    170   231  .736
3.Nevada.............. 16    214   296  .723
4.Boise State......... 16    202   281  .719
5.Fresno State........ 16    202   287  .704
6.Hawaii.............. 16    182   266  .684
7.Idaho............... 16    152   229  .664
8.San Jose State...... 16    195   304  .641
9.Louisiana Tech...... 16    177   277  .639

Field Goal Percentage
# Team                  G     FG   FGA   Pct
--------------------------------------------
1.Utah State.......... 16    417   881  .473
2.Hawaii.............. 16    407   874  .466
3.New Mexico State.... 16    395   868  .455
4.Nevada.............. 16    432   953  .453
5.Boise State......... 16    407   941  .433
6.Louisiana Tech...... 16    403   974  .414
7.Fresno State........ 16    408  1002  .407
8.San Jose State...... 16    384   969  .396
9.Idaho............... 16    349   881  .396


Field Goal Percentage Defense
# Team                  G     FG   FGA   Pct
--------------------------------------------
1.Louisiana Tech...... 16    342   874  .391
2.Nevada.............. 16    366   930  .394
3.Hawaii.............. 16    375   923  .406
4.San Jose State...... 16    414   969  .427
5.Utah State.......... 16    402   935  .430
6.Boise State......... 16    424   972  .436
7.Fresno State........ 16    451   987  .457
8.New Mexico State.... 16    410   893  .459
9.Idaho............... 16    418   860  .486

3-Point Field Goal Percentage
# Team                  G     FG   FGA   Pct
--------------------------------------------
1.Utah State.......... 16    137   335  .409
2.Fresno State........ 16    168   463  .363
3.Hawaii.............. 16     88   247  .356
4.Boise State......... 16    127   357  .356
5.New Mexico State.... 16     83   237  .350
6.Nevada.............. 16     86   254  .339
7.San Jose State...... 16     64   199  .322
8.Idaho............... 16     89   288  .309
9.Louisiana Tech...... 16     64   246  .260


3-Point Field Goal Percentage Defense
# Team                  G     FG   FGA   Pct
--------------------------------------------
1.Louisiana Tech...... 16     76   251  .303
2.Nevada.............. 16     86   284  .303
3.Hawaii.............. 16     95   296  .321
4.San Jose State...... 16     97   298  .326
5.Fresno State........ 16     93   275  .338
6.Boise State......... 16    107   308  .347
7.Utah State.......... 16    110   307  .358
8.New Mexico State.... 16    115   310  .371
9.Idaho............... 16    127   297  .428

Rebounding Offense
# Team                  G   Reb Avg/G
-------------------------------------
1.Louisiana Tech...... 16   670  41.9
2.Nevada.............. 16   613  38.3
3.San Jose State...... 16   598  37.4
4.Fresno State........ 16   572  35.8
5.Boise State......... 16   568  35.5
6.Utah State.......... 16   538  33.6
  Hawaii.............. 16   538  33.6
8.New Mexico State.... 16   528  33.0
9.Idaho............... 16   486  30.4


Rebounding Defense
# Team                  G   Reb Avg/G
-------------------------------------
1.Louisiana Tech...... 16   528  33.0
  New Mexico State.... 16   528  33.0
3.Utah State.......... 16   533  33.3
4.Nevada.............. 16   541  33.8
5.Hawaii.............. 16   543  33.9
6.Idaho............... 16   578  36.1
7.Boise State......... 16   600  37.5
8.San Jose State...... 16   618  38.6
9.Fresno State........ 16   642  40.1


Rebounding Margin
# Team                  G  TEAM   Avg  OPP   Avg Margin
-------------------------------------------------------
1.Louisiana Tech...... 16   670  41.9  528  33.0   +8.9
2.Nevada.............. 16   613  38.3  541  33.8   +4.5
3.Utah State.......... 16   538  33.6  533  33.3   +0.3
4.New Mexico State.... 16   528  33.0  528  33.0   +0.0
5.Hawaii.............. 16   538  33.6  543  33.9   -0.3
6.San Jose State...... 16   598  37.4  618  38.6   -1.2
7.Boise State......... 16   568  35.5  600  37.5   -2.0
8.Fresno State........ 16   572  35.8  642  40.1   -4.4
9.Idaho............... 16   486  30.4  578  36.1   -5.7


Blocked Shots
# Team                  G  Blocks  Avg/G
----------------------------------------
1.Hawaii.............. 16     107   6.69
2.Nevada.............. 16      76   4.75
3.Louisiana Tech...... 16      70   4.38
4.San Jose State...... 16      60   3.75
5.Fresno State........ 16      59   3.69
6.Utah State.......... 16      52   3.25
7.Boise State......... 16      35   2.19
8.New Mexico State.... 16      34   2.13
9.Idaho............... 16      21   1.31

Assists
# Team                  G  Assists  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------
1.Utah State.......... 16      278  17.38
2.Nevada.............. 16      247  15.44
3.Louisiana Tech...... 16      239  14.94
4.Hawaii.............. 16      236  14.75
5.Boise State......... 16      214  13.38
6.Fresno State........ 16      209  13.06
7.San Jose State...... 16      177  11.06
8.New Mexico State.... 16      167  10.44
9.Idaho............... 16      147   9.19


Steals
# Team                  G  Steals  Avg/G
----------------------------------------
1.New Mexico State.... 16     116   7.25
  Louisiana Tech...... 16     116   7.25
3.Fresno State........ 16     108   6.75
4.Nevada.............. 16      96   6.00
5.Idaho............... 16      93   5.81
6.Hawaii.............. 16      90   5.63
  Boise State......... 16      90   5.63
8.San Jose State...... 16      79   4.94
9.Utah State.......... 16      69   4.31

Turnover Margin
# Team                  G  TEAM   Avg  OPP   Avg Margin
-------------------------------------------------------
1.Fresno State........ 16   198  12.4  225  14.1  +1.69
2.Nevada.............. 16   195  12.2  215  13.4  +1.25
3.Idaho............... 16   211  13.2  220  13.8  +0.56
4.New Mexico State.... 16   254  15.9  257  16.1  +0.19
5.Louisiana Tech...... 16   227  14.2  226  14.1  -0.06
6.San Jose State...... 16   225  14.1  217  13.6  -0.50
7.Hawaii.............. 16   195  12.2  182  11.4  -0.81
  Utah State.......... 16   196  12.3  183  11.4  -0.81
9.Boise State......... 16   248  15.5  224  14.0  -1.50


Assist/Turnover Ratio
# Team                  G  Asst   Avg Turn   Avg  Ratio
-------------------------------------------------------
1.Utah State.......... 16   278  17.4  196  12.3   1.42
2.Nevada.............. 16   247  15.4  195  12.2   1.27
3.Hawaii.............. 16   236  14.8  195  12.2   1.21
4.Fresno State........ 16   209  13.1  198  12.4   1.06
5.Louisiana Tech...... 16   239  14.9  227  14.2   1.05
6.Boise State......... 16   214  13.4  248  15.5   0.86
7.San Jose State...... 16   177  11.1  225  14.1   0.79
8.Idaho............... 16   147   9.2  211  13.2   0.70
9.New Mexico State.... 16   167  10.4  254  15.9   0.66

Offensive Rebounds
# Team                  G   No.  Avg/G
--------------------------------------
1.Louisiana Tech...... 16   268  16.75
2.San Jose State...... 16   216  13.50
3.Nevada.............. 16   204  12.75
4.Fresno State........ 16   191  11.94
5.Idaho............... 16   171  10.69
6.New Mexico State.... 16   168  10.50
7.Hawaii.............. 16   164  10.25
  Boise State......... 16   164  10.25
9.Utah State.......... 16   156   9.75


Defensive Rebounds
# Team                  G   No.  Avg/G
--------------------------------------
1.Nevada.............. 16   409  25.56
2.Boise State......... 16   404  25.25
3.Louisiana Tech...... 16   402  25.13
4.San Jose State...... 16   382  23.88
  Utah State.......... 16   382  23.88
6.Fresno State........ 16   381  23.81
7.Hawaii.............. 16   374  23.38
8.New Mexico State.... 16   360  22.50
9.Idaho............... 16   315  19.69

3-Point Field Goals Made
# Team                  G   3FG  Avg/G
--------------------------------------
1.Fresno State........ 16   168  10.50
2.Utah State.......... 16   137   8.56
3.Boise State......... 16   127   7.94
4.Idaho............... 16    89   5.56
5.Hawaii.............. 16    88   5.50
6.Nevada.............. 16    86   5.38
7.New Mexico State.... 16    83   5.19
8.Louisiana Tech...... 16    64   4.00
  San Jose State...... 16    64   4.00




                   |---CONFERENCE----|     |-----OVERALL-----|    
STANDINGS     W-L    Pct   PF    PA   W-L     Pct   PF    PA    
---------         ---    ---   --    --   ---     ---   --    -- 
Nevada.......... 13-3   .813  72.8  63.2  13-3   .813  72.8  63.2    
Utah State...... 11-5   .688  71.3  66.4  11-5   .688  71.3  66.4    
Louisiana Tech.. 11-5   .688  65.4  60.5  11-5   .688  65.4  60.5    
New Mexico State 10-6   .625  71.5  70.8  10-6   .625  71.5  70.8    
Hawaii.......... 10-6   .625  67.8  65.1  10-6   .625  67.8  65.1
Fresno State....  8-8   .500  74.1  73.6   8-8   .500  74.1  73.6
Boise State.....  6-10  .375  71.4  73.2   6-10  .375  71.4  73.2
San Jose State..  2-14  .125  64.2  71.2   2-14  .125  64.2  71.2
Idaho...........  1-15  .063  58.7  73.2   1-15  .063  58.7  73.2

Winning Streak
Nevada 11
Louisiana Tech 3
Utah State 3
Boise State 1


Team Summaries
Team           PF-PA    Avg Score  Margin FG-FGA     Pct                                              
Boise State..... 1143-1171  71.4-73.2  -1.7  407-941   .433
Fresno State.... 1186-1177  74.1-73.6  +0.6  408-1002  .407
Hawaii.......... 1084-1041  67.8-65.1  +2.7  407-874   .466
Idaho...........  939-1172  58.7-73.2 -14.6  349-881   .396
Louisiana Tech.. 1047-968   65.4-60.5  +4.9  403-974   .414
Nevada.......... 1164-1011  72.8-63.2  +9.6  432-953   .453
New Mexico State 1144-1133  71.5-70.8  +0.7  395-868   .455
San Jose State.. 1027-1139  64.2-71.2  -7.0  384-969   .396
Utah State...... 1141-1063  71.3-66.4  +4.9  417-881   .473

Team		      3FG-FGA   Pct  FT-FTA    Pct Reb Margin
--------------------
Boise State.....  127-357  .356  202-281  .719    -2.0
Fresno State....  168-463  .363  202-287  .704    -4.4
Hawai'i.........   88-247  .356  182-266  .684    -0.3
Idaho...........   89-288  .309  152-229  .664    -5.7
Louisiana Tech..   64-246  .260  177-277  .639    +8.9
Nevada..........   86-254  .339  214-296  .723    +4.5
New Mexico State   83-237  .350  271-363  .747    +0.0
San Jose State..   64-199  .322  195-304  .641    -1.2
Utah State......  137-335  .409  170-231  .736    +0.3

 

 

INDIVIDUAL BASKETBALL STATISTICS

Through games of Mar 05, 2006 (Conference games only)



 To be ranked, a player must appear in at least 75.0% of their team's games.

Scoring
## Player-Team               Cl  G   FG  3FG   FT  Pts Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------------
 1.Fazekas, Nick-NEV........ JR 16  138   15   77  368  23.0
 2.Nelson, Tyrone-NMSU...... SO 16  109    0   91  309  19.3
 3.Karl, Coby-BSU........... JR 16   94   44   74  306  19.1
 4.Sensley, Julian-UH....... SR 16  111   34   43  299  18.7
 5.Millsap, Paul-LTU........ JR 16  124    2   45  295  18.4
 6.Hosley, Quinton-FS....... JR 16   95   35   66  291  18.2
 7.Coleman, Ja'Vance-FS..... JR 16   86   60   46  278  17.4
 8.Harris, Nate-USU......... SR 16  106    4   56  272  17.0
 9.Shepard, Tanoris-UI...... SR 16   91   32   42  256  16.0
10.Carroll, Jaycee-USU...... SO 16   83   52   21  239  14.9
11.Ingram, Elijah-NMSU...... JR 15   64   29   64  221  14.7
12.Lojeski, Matt-UH......... JR 16   76   33   40  225  14.1
13.Elam, Alex-SJSU.......... SR 15   78   29   22  207  13.8
14.Kemp, Marcelus-NEV....... SO 16   80   26   33  219  13.7
15.Brown, Demetrius-SJSU.... SR 15   63    2   60  188  12.5


Rebounding
## Player-Team               Cl  G  OFF  DEF  TOT Avg/G
-------------------------------------------------------
 1.Millsap, Paul-LTU........ JR 16  117  133  250  15.6
 2.Fazekas, Nick-NEV........ JR 16   55  130  185  11.6
 3.Nelson, Tyrone-NMSU...... SO 16   54   96  150   9.4
 4.Hosley, Quinton-FS....... JR 16   50   92  142   8.9
 5.Harris, Nate-USU......... SR 16   35   91  126   7.9
 6.Gueye, Ahmet-UH.......... JR 15   35   70  105   7.0
 7.Sensley, Julian-UH....... SR 16   27   77  104   6.5
 8.Matheus, Cass-USU........ SR 16   38   64  102   6.4
 9.Banks, Tez-BSU........... SR 16   31   70  101   6.3
10.Fisher, David-NMSU....... JR 15   32   61   93   6.2
   Brown, Demetrius-SJSU.... SR 15   34   59   93   6.2
12.Lloyd, Kareem-BSU........ SR 16   24   74   98   6.1
13.Hernandez, Hector-FS..... SO 16   41   54   95   5.9
14.O'Neil, Dwight-FS........ SO 14   18   56   74   5.3
15.Karl, Coby-BSU........... JR 16   14   65   79   4.9

Field Goal Percentage (Min. 5.0 made per game)
## Player-Team               Cl  G    FG   FGA   Pct
----------------------------------------------------
 1.Harris, Nate-USU......... SR 16   106   178  .596
 2.Nelson, Tyrone-NMSU...... SO 16   109   195  .559
 3.Millsap, Paul-LTU........ JR 16   124   236  .525
 4.Fazekas, Nick-NEV........ JR 16   138   268  .515
 5.Sensley, Julian-UH....... SR 16   111   240  .463
 6.Karl, Coby-BSU........... JR 16    94   213  .441
 7.Carroll, Jaycee-USU...... SO 16    83   190  .437
 8.Shepard, Tanoris-UI...... SR 16    91   217  .419
 9.Kemp, Marcelus-NEV....... SO 16    80   193  .415
10.Hosley, Quinton-FS....... JR 16    95   236  .403


Assists
## Player-Team               Cl  G Assists  Avg/G
-------------------------------------------------
 1.Bell, Kevin-FS........... SO 16      90   5.63
 2.Sessions, Ramon-NEV...... SO 16      85   5.31
 3.Pak, David-USU........... SR 16      75   4.69
 4.Haskins, Daevon-LTU...... SR 16      66   4.13
 5.Harris, Nate-USU......... SR 16      56   3.50
   Shepard, Tanoris-UI...... SR 16      56   3.50
   Tatum, Deonte-UH......... SR 16      56   3.50
 8.Karl, Coby-BSU........... JR 16      55   3.44
 9.Ingram, Elijah-NMSU...... JR 15      51   3.40
10.Sensley, Julian-UH....... SR 16      50   3.13
   Spencer, Carlton-SJSU.... JR 16      50   3.13

Free-Throw Percentage (Min. 2.5 made per game)
## Player-Team               Cl  G   FTM   FTA   Pct
----------------------------------------------------
 1.Lojeski, Matt-UH......... JR 16    40    46  .870
 2.Coleman, Ja'Vance-FS..... JR 16    46    53  .868
 3.Fazekas, Nick-NEV........ JR 16    77    92  .837
 4.Ingram, Elijah-NMSU...... JR 15    64    78  .821
 5.Karl, Coby-BSU........... JR 16    74    94  .787
 6.Nelson, Tyrone-NMSU...... SO 16    91   118  .771
 7.Harris, Nate-USU......... SR 16    56    75  .747
 8.Hosley, Quinton-FS....... JR 16    66    90  .733
 9.Brown, Demetrius-SJSU.... SR 15    60    84  .714
10.Shepard, Tanoris-UI...... SR 16    42    59  .712


Steals
## Player-Team               Cl  G Steals  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------
 1.Mitchell, Mike-NMSU...... SR 16     31   1.94
 2.Shepard, Tanoris-UI...... SR 16     26   1.63
 3.O'Neil, Dwight-FS........ SO 14     22   1.57
 4.Hosley, Quinton-FS....... JR 16     25   1.56
 5.Haskins, Daevon-LTU...... SR 16     24   1.50
 6.Millsap, Paul-LTU........ JR 16     23   1.44
   Nelson, Tyrone-NMSU...... SO 16     23   1.44
 8.Bell, Kevin-FS........... SO 16     21   1.31
 9.Sessions, Ramon-NEV...... SO 16     20   1.25
   Lojeski, Matt-UH......... JR 16     20   1.25

3-Point FG Pct. (Min. 2.5 made per game)
## Player-Team               Cl  G   3FG   FGA   Pct
----------------------------------------------------
 1.Carroll, Jaycee-USU...... SO 16    52   110  .473
 2.Karl, Coby-BSU........... JR 16    44   105  .419
 3.Coleman, Ja'Vance-FS..... JR 16    60   155  .387


3-Point FG's Made
## Player-Team               Cl  G  3FG  Avg/G
----------------------------------------------
 1.Coleman, Ja'Vance-FS..... JR 16   60   3.75
 2.Carroll, Jaycee-USU...... SO 16   52   3.25
 3.Karl, Coby-BSU........... JR 16   44   2.75
 4.Hosley, Quinton-FS....... JR 16   35   2.19
 5.Sensley, Julian-UH....... SR 16   34   2.13
 6.Lojeski, Matt-UH......... JR 16   33   2.06
 7.Shepard, Tanoris-UI...... SR 16   32   2.00
   Lane, Eric-BSU........... JR 16   32   2.00
 9.Ingram, Elijah-NMSU...... JR 15   29   1.93
   Elam, Alex-SJSU.......... SR 15   29   1.93


Blocked Shots
## Player-Team               Cl  G Blocks  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------
 1.Millsap, Paul-LTU........ JR 16     45   2.81
 2.Gueye, Ahmet-UH.......... JR 15     38   2.53
 3.Matheus, Cass-USU........ SR 16     28   1.75
   Fazekas, Nick-NEV........ JR 16     28   1.75
 5.Barbary, Menelik-SJSU.... JR 16     24   1.50
   Botez, Chris-UH.......... SR 16     24   1.50
 7.Hosley, Quinton-FS....... JR 16     19   1.19
   Gipson, Matthew-UH....... SR 16     19   1.19
   Johnson, Demarshay-NEV... JR 16     19   1.19
10.Hernandez, Hector-FS..... SO 16     17   1.06


Assist/Turnover Ratio (Min. 3.0 assists/game)
## Player-Team         Cl  Asst  Avg  Turn  Avg  Ratio
----------------------------------------------------------
 1.Bell, Kevin-FS......... SO   90   5.6   35   2.2   2.57
 2.Sessions, Ramon-NEV.... SO   85   5.3   34   2.1   2.50
 3.Pak, David-USU......... SR   75   4.7   35   2.2   2.14
 4.Haskins, Daevon-LTU.... SR   66   4.1   34   2.1   1.94
 5.Harris, Nate-USU....... SR   56   3.5   31   1.9   1.81
 6.Tatum, Deonte-UH....... SR   56   3.5   33   2.1   1.70
 7.Sensley, Julian-UH..... SR   50   3.1   37   2.3   1.35
 8.Shepard, Tanoris-UI.... SR   56   3.5   54   3.4   1.04
 9.Ingram, Elijah-NMSU.... JR   51   3.4   50   3.3   1.02
10.Spencer, Carlton-SJSU.. JR   50   3.1   51   3.2   0.98

Offensive Rebounds
## Player-Team               Cl  G  No.  Avg/G
----------------------------------------------
 1.Millsap, Paul-LTU........ JR 16  117   7.31
 2.Fazekas, Nick-NEV........ JR 16   55   3.44
 3.Nelson, Tyrone-NMSU...... SO 16   54   3.38
 4.Hosley, Quinton-FS....... JR 16   50   3.13
 5.Hernandez, Hector-FS..... SO 16   41   2.56
 6.Matheus, Cass-USU........ SR 16   38   2.38
 7.Gueye, Ahmet-UH.......... JR 15   35   2.33
 8.Johnson, Demarshay-NEV... JR 16   37   2.31
 9.Brown, Demetrius-SJSU.... SR 15   34   2.27
10.Harris, Nate-USU......... SR 16   35   2.19


Defensive Rebounds
## Player-Team               Cl  G  No.  Avg/G
----------------------------------------------
 1.Millsap, Paul-LTU........ JR 16  133   8.31
 2.Fazekas, Nick-NEV........ JR 16  130   8.13
 3.Nelson, Tyrone-NMSU...... SO 16   96   6.00
 4.Hosley, Quinton-FS....... JR 16   92   5.75
 5.Harris, Nate-USU......... SR 16   91   5.69
 6.Sensley, Julian-UH....... SR 16   77   4.81
 7.Gueye, Ahmet-UH.......... JR 15   70   4.67
 8.Lloyd, Kareem-BSU........ SR 16   74   4.63
 9.Banks, Tez-BSU........... SR 16   70   4.38
10.Fisher, David-NMSU....... JR 15   61   4.07

Minutes Played
## Player-Team               Cl  G Minutes  Avg/G
-------------------------------------------------
 1.Sensley, Julian-UH....... SR 16     606  37.88
 2.Shepard, Tanoris-UI...... SR 16     584  36.50
 3.Bell, Kevin-FS........... SO 16     583  36.44
 4.Mitchell, Mike-NMSU...... SR 16     568  35.50
 5.Lojeski, Matt-UH......... JR 16     558  34.88
 6.Hosley, Quinton-FS....... JR 16     556  34.75
 7.Ingram, Elijah-NMSU...... JR 15     518  34.53
 8.Karl, Coby-BSU........... JR 16     549  34.31
 9.Nelson, Tyrone-NMSU...... SO 16     548  34.25
10.Millsap, Paul-LTU........ JR 16     547  34.19

The complete WAC Tournament schedule:

Tuesday, March 7
Women's First Round
Game 1 - #8 Idaho vs. #9 Utah State, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8
Women's Quarterfinals
Game 2 - #3 Hawai'i vs. #6 Boise State, 12:00 p.m.
Game 3 - #2 Fresno State vs. #7 New Mexico State, 2:30 p.m.
Game 4 - #4 San Jose State vs. #5 Nevada, 6:00 p.m.
Game 5 - #1 Louisiana Tech vs. Winner Game 1, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 9
Men's Quarterfinals
Game 1 - #3 Louisiana Tech vs. #6 Boise State, 12:00 p.m.
Game 2 - #2 Utah State vs. #7 San Jose State, 2:30 p.m.
Game 3 - #1 Nevada vs. #8 Idaho, 6:00 p.m.
Game 4 - #4 Hawai'i vs. #5 New Mexico State, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 10
Women's Semifinals
Game 6 - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 12:00 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 2:30 p.m.

Men's Semifinals

Game 5 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6:00 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 11
Women's Championship
Game 8 - Championship Game, 12:00 p.m.
Live on CSTV

Men's Championship
Game 7 - Championship Game, 6:00 p.m.
Live on ESPN2


Single-session tickets may be purchased by calling 800.225.2277 (everywhere but California), 916.766.2277, 530.766.2277 (in California) or on-line at tickets.com (Men | Women). Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Lawlor Ticket Office. (M-F, 10-5; Sat. 10-1).

*Single-session tickets can only be purchased through the Lawlor Center or tickets.com beginning February 24.
*All-session tickets can
only be purchased through the Nevada ticket office

All-Tournament Tickets
Adult/Entire Lower Bowl: $150
Upper Bowl Center Reserved/Sections 2-10 and 36; Sections 18-28: $125
Adult/Upper End Zone/Sections 11-17 West Side; Sections 29-35 East Side: $90
Student/Special Section/Lower End Zone/Tunnel Entrance: $50

Individual Single Session (Men)
All Lower Bowl: $35
Adult/Center Reserved: $28
Adul/Upper End Zonet: $19
Student/Special Section: $26

Individual Single Session (Women)
All Tickets/General Admission: $10

HOTELS: Fan rooms are available at each hotel and fans should contact the hotel directly to make a reservation. Room rates are $69 for weekdays and $109 for the weekend. Click on each hotel link for more information.



Silver Legacy Resort Casino (Hawai'i, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State)
Peppermill Hotel and Casino (Boise State, Fresno State)
John Ascuaga's Nugget (Idaho, San Jose State, Utah State)

DIRECTIONS TO LAWLOR EVENTS CENTER:
From Reno-Tahoe International Airport:
Take 395 north and exit at Interstate 80 west and exit at Virginia Street. Turn right (north) on Virginia Street and drive approximately 1.0 mile. Turn right on Fifteenth Street. Proceed to parking lots.

From Interstate 80:
Exit at Virginia Street. Turn right (north) on Virginia Street. Drive approximately 1.0 mile and turn right on Fifteenth Street. Proceed to parking lots.

 

 

 

 

 


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