Nevada preview capsule
Last season: 29-8, reached second Sweet 16 in school history.
Nickname: Wolf Pack.
Coach: Eric Musselman.
Conference: Mountain West.
Who’s gone: G Kendall Stephens, G Hallice Cooke, G Darien Williams.
Who’s back: Forwards Caleb and Cody Martin, F Jordan Caroline, G Lindsey Drew. The return of the Martin twins and Caroline was a huge boon for Musselman and the Wolf Pack. They were Nevada’s top three scorers and rebounders a year ago, versatile players who helped match the deepest NCAA Tournament run in program history.
Who’s new: Trey Porter, a 6-11 graduate transfer from Old Dominion, gives Nevada an immediate post presence, along with talented 6-11 freshman Jordan Brown. Guard transfers Corey Henson (Wagner), Jazz Johnson (Portland) and Tre’Shawn Turman (Omaha) give the Wolf Pack one of the nation’s deepest, most talented rosters.
The Skinny: Expectations are high in Reno after the Elite Eight run and the return of the Martin twins and Caroline. The No. 7 Wolf Pack have their highest preseason ranking and are legitimate Final Four contenders.
Expectations: Nevada is among the favorites to win the NCAA Tournament at 12-1, right behind blue bloods like Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina.
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