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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)

 

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