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Emptying the Notebook: New Mexico gets blown out at No. 6 Nevada

RENO, Nev. — Here are some extra notes, quotes, stats, videos and whatever else I could empty out of the old notebook after Saturday’s UNM loss at No. 6 Nevada, 91-62:

A number to know: 7

Nevada backup guard Jazz Johnson, a junior transfer from Portland, had 13 points on Saturday night making him the seventh — yes, SEVENTH — Wolf Pack player to have scored 1,000 points in his career.

The 1,000 point scorers for Nevada (well, none of them started at Nevada and all are transfers) include: Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, Jordan Caroline, Tre’Shawn Thurman, Corey Henson, Nisre Zouzoua and now Johnson. Oh, and senior Trey Porter, another transfer, is around 900 points and could get to 1,000 this season to give the team an eighth.

There is no truth the the following tweet, it only seems that way to Lobo fans:

Nevertheless, that’s crazy experience for the Wolf Pack, which is why they’re running away with the league title and have been ranked in the Top 10 of the AP Top 25 all season. They aren’t just older players, they’re older players who have been heavily involved in heavy minutes for either Nevada or their past Division I teams.

On the flip side, UNM doesn’t have any such players and possibly won’t this season, unless Anthony Mathis picks up the pace a bit.

Of UNM’s three closest players to to the 1,000 career point plateau, two aren’t even playing this season:

• 872 points – Anthony Mathis
• 815 points – Zane Martin (0 UNM, 815 in 2 seasons at Towson)
• 743 points – JaQuan Lyle (0 UNM, 743 in 2 seasons at Ohio State)

For Anthony Mathis to get to 1,000 career points in his career, he may need to pick up the pace just a tad. UNM knows it has at least eight games remaining (seven more regular season games, one in MWC Tournament).

At Mathis’ current scoring average of 15.3 points per game over the next eight games, he’d finish up his Lobos career at 994 points, if the Lobos don’t win in the MWC Tournament to give him a ninth game.

The gamer

Here’s the gamer I filed from the Lawlor Events Center after Saturday’s game:

He said it

“Offensively, everyone panicked up about our zone the last time we played them. We added a completely new offensive set that we’ve never run against zone before tonight. I don’t care if our opponents know what it’s called. It’s called touchdown. We picked their defense apart in our zone offense tonight.” — Nevada head coach Eric Musselman

Announced attendance

The announced attendance at Saturday’s game in the Lawlor Events Center was said to be the 15th largest in the building’s history. It was announced at 11,197.

Here was the feel of the capacity crowd for pregame intros:

Another number to know: 4

Four. That’s how many points the Lobos had through their first 25 — TWENTY FIVE — possessions on Saturday. UNM was 2-for-18 (Makuach Maluach made both the baskets) in that stretch with a pair of offensive rebounds to extend the possession (neither offensive rebound led to a score, though) and had nine turnovers while Nevada opened up a 25-4 lead in that span.

And to hammer home just how agonizingly dreadful that start to the game was, here is a look at how UNM’s first 25 possessions ended, 1 through 25:

1. miss
2. turnover
3. turnover
4. miss
6. miss
7. miss / off. rebound / turnover
8. miss
9. miss
10. made basket
11. turnover
12. miss
13. miss
14. miss / off. rebound / miss
15. turnover
16. miss
17. miss
18. turnover
19. miss
20. turnover
21. miss
22. miss
23. miss
24. turnover
25. turnover

Meanwhile, back in Albuquerque…

The UNM women got back on the winning track on Saturday with a home win over Nevada. Colleague Ken Sickenger was in Dreamstyle Arena – the Pit for the coverage:

Meanwhile, in San Diego…

The Aztecs win at home, because that’s what they do. And handing the Utah State Aggies a loss means the UtAgs are now back into a 2nd/3rd place tie with Fresno State at 8-3.

It also means that Nevada (10-1) now has a two game lead in the standings with seven games remaining.

Around the Mountain

There were five games on Saturday in the Mountain West:
• Wyoming 74, Colorado State 66
• Boise State 105, San Jose State 57
• No. 6 Nevada 91, New Mexico 62
• Fresno State 83, UNLV 65
• San Diego State 68, Utah State 63

And the upcoming midweek games look like:

• Air Force at UNLV
• San Diego State at Colorado State

• Wyoming at Utah State
• San Jose State at New Mexico
• Boise State at Fresno State

Mountain West standings

Through Saturday’s games, here are the MWC standings:
Mountain West standings through Saturday:
10-1 Nevada
8-3 Fresno State
8-3 Utah State
6-4 San Diego State
6-5 Boise State
6-5 UNLV
5-6 Air Force
4-7 Colorado State
4-7 New Mexico
2-8 Wyoming
0-10 San Jose State

To which one person on Twitter posted:

Postgame video: Weir

Here is my brief postgame video with Paul Weir, with the first couple seconds of the first response cut off (my apologies) and a rushed ending as Weir and the team had to go catch the team’s plane home:

Meanwhile, in Phoenix…

The NMSU Aggies keep winning close games. On Saturday, they also took a huge step toward another WAC title with a win at Grand Canyon.

Final stat sheet

Here is the final stat sheet (though a computer glitch had the Nevada scorekeepers inputting Tavian Percy stats in for Karim Ezzeddine, who as most reading this probably know by now, isn’t on the team anymore):

And if you want a more digital friendly for your smart phone here…


Up next…

Wednesday, San Jose State at UNM, 7 p.m., AT&T Sports Net, 770 AM/94.5 FM

SJSU, for those not following the league closely this season, or above in this column, is 0-10 and lost on Saturday to Boise State 105-57.

Random KenPom stat, part 1

Since I, like most college basketball media and coaches, use statistics daily, I like trying to share with you some of the oddities about his stats, which are all based on the data, not the eye test. No matter what you think of a team’s talent or expectations, or whatever, merely crunches the numbers and here’s what the site said about Saturday’s UNM/Nevada game:

Entering the game, Nevada ranked 17th out of 353 Division I teams and UNM was 172.

After the game, Nevada was still 17th and UNM only fell to 173.

Random KenPom stat, part 2

Here’s a look at the KenPom stat %Shots. OK, so it’s a state used by plenty of sites, but I’m using KenPom’s data for right now.

This stat is a number that shows the percentage of a team’s shots one player takes while he’s on the floor. If a player is on the court for five minutes and his team takes 10 shots in that time and the player took five of those shots, his percentage of shots would be 0.50.

For the Lobos, here’s the list with a * next to the players who have played in at least 40 percent of the UNM minutes this season, which is the cutoff for KenPom’s league-wide rankings (for UNM, that’s 368 minutes played so far):

*24.6 – Vance Jackson
*23.8 – Anthony Mathis
22.9 – Corey Manigault
22.8 – Carlton Bragg
*22.7 – Keith McGee
*22.1 – Makuach Maluach
*17.5 – Dane Kuiper
12.8 – Drue Drinnon
11.6 – Tavian Percy
11.4 – Vladimir Pinchuk

Grammer’s Guesses

The Guesses went 2-3 on Saturday day and I’m down to 30-28-1 against the spread this season.

My daughter’s #TeamCoin lucky coin flip picks went 1-4 and falls a game back now to 29-29-1 on the season.

There were two games I picked that I didn’t like when I picked them and I got them both wrong:

• Colorado State -6.5 at Wyoming — I didn’t think Wyoming would win, but felt they’d keep the rivalry game close and I went away from my best instincts there).

• New Mexico +20 at Nevada — I knew Muss would want to blow the roof off the place after his embarrassing loss in Albuquerque. I should have taken Nevada at any number, but felt 20 was right at the spot where I just didn’t feel comfortable. … I blew that one. I’ve been right on UNM against the point spread more than I’ve been wrong. But this was one of only two times I pretty much felt I was wrong right as I made the pick. The other was picking UNM with points at San Diego State on Jan. 15.

Speaking of…

There is one rule to follow more than any this season in picking MWC games against the point spread: Never take San Diego State on the road, but ALWAYS take them at home. The Aztecs are 1-4 against the point spread in MWC road games and 5-0 against the point spread in MWC home games.

So, of course I took Utah State -3 at SDSU and lost that pick.

Until next time…

Until next time, Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev., …