After Saturday's loss, and really the only truly disappointing game of BSU's season thus far, many of us were pessimistic about playing a resurgent UNR, a team that was 4-0 in conference play. Tom Scott said it pretty well.
The Wolf Pack come into the game 4-0 in the Mountain West and—most alarmingly for BSU—vastly improved on the defensive end. Over those four conference games, the Pack is allowing opponents just 35 percent shooting from the field and a piddly 23 percent from three-point range.
Now that's against San Jose State, Wyoming, UNLV, and Utah State, with only San Jose State having more than six losses to date. However, the Broncos stepped up their game, hitting 43.4% of their shots from the field, and 45% from beyond the arc. We all know the trouble they had in three-land in the last two games. Also, UNR averaged 43.75% from the field in their last four games, and BSU held them to 34.5%.
Derrick Marks lead the team with 21 points. Anthony Drmic drilled all his threes and finished with 17. Ryan Watkins had his sixth double-double of the season. Nick Duncan hit double digits for the second time this season, and I expect him to earn a starting spot next year. Lastly, although Jeff Elorriaga only had four points, I know Coach Rice has him out there for a reason, and I have to believe he draws plenty of attention, opening up the floor for the other guys.
Our guys are still growing, and there is a lot of conference play left in the season. Hopefully we can keep it up and roll into the MWC tourney as one of the favorites.