Look, anybody who saw UMBC, seeded No. 16, rout No. 1 Virginia last year in an NCAA Tournament first-round game can’t be surprised by anything anymore. That was the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and any school with “County” in its proper name should be playing for a high school district championship, not beating America’s presumed best college team.
Yes, Nevada has talent and swagger, and its players have been around the block, to put it kindly.
The Lobos have a two-game winning streak, the confidence that coach Paul Weir finally has figured out how best to use his talent just in time for league play, and the Pit’s home-court advantage. Just how much of an advantage is really up to you and maybe 15,000 or so others.