Nevada 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Nevada Wolf Pack - WAC (28-4, 14-2)
Seed: #7 - South Region
Big Wins: 12/22 at Akron (73-71), 12/30 at Gonzaga (82-74), 1/27 Utah State (79-62)
Bad Losses: 1/20 at New Mexico State (73-80), 3/1 at Utah State (77-79), 3/9 vs Utah State (77-79)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2006, First Round loss to Montana
Coach: Mark Fox (1-2 in 2 NCAA appearances)
Probable Nevada Starters:
Ramon Sessions, Junior, Guard, 12.5 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.8 rpg
Kyle Shiloh, Senior, Guard, 9.6 ppg, 3.4 apg, 3.4 rpg
Marcelus Kemp, Junior, Guard, 18.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Denis Ikovlev, Senior, Forward, 6.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Nick Fazekas, Senior, Forward, 20.5 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 1.4 bpg
Key Roleplayers for Nevada:
Brandon Fields, Freshman, Guard, 2.1 ppg, 0.8 apg
Lyndale Burleson, Sophomore, Guard, 1.8 ppg, 2.3 apg
JaVale McGee, Freshman, Forward, 3.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg
David Ellis, Junior, Center, 2.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
Nick Fazekas averages 20.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per contest and can completely dominate the paint. Not only can the 6-11 forward battle inside, he makes the opposing big man uncomfortable by stepping out behind the arc a couple times a game. Fazekas has taken smarter shots this year and shoots 58.1% from the floor and 45.8% from behind the arc.
Fazekas will get all the accolades, but Marcelus Kemp averages 18.2 points per game and is a huge part of Nevada’s success. Kemp hits 2.5shots per game from long range, but is not just a catch and shoot three-point shooter. At 6-5, Kemp has the size and the speed to get to the basket.
Why Nevada Can Disappoint:
The only concern is the power forward spot and the depth behind Fazekas. Denis Ikovlev earns the starting job and is a fine offensive rebounder, but does not provide much of an offensive threat, allowing the guy covering Ikovlev to keep one eye on Fazekas. JaVale McGee is a decent athlete and shotblocker, but the 6-11 freshman does not have all the tools yet to make a big impact. At 7-1, center David Ellis provides some size and experience off the bench, but again is not an offensive threat.
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Who To Watch:
Ramon Sessions is a great all-around player. Last year he did a fine job running the point and grabbing some rebounds, but this year he has become a dynamic scorer as well. The difference is Sessions will now drive to the basket in order to create for his teammates or himself. With just a little more playing time than last season, Sessions gets to the free-throw line over three times as often. And once he is there, he knocks them down 83.0% of the time. Shooting guard Kyle Shiloh is a balanced player as well and is a great fourth scoring option for the Wolf Pack. The senior is a staple in the starting lineup and does all the work that goes unappreciated. Shiloh suffered a hamstring injury during the conference tournament, but is expected to be ready for the big dance.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 77.9 (27th in nation, 2nd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 67.1 (131, 4)
Field-Goal Percentage: 48.9 (16, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.8 (43, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 75.1 (16, 2)
Rebound Margin: 6.7 (14, 1)
Assists Per Game: 16.8 (18, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.1 (68, 1)
Joel’s Bracket Says: Elite Eight loss to Ohio State
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