UW-Nevada men’s basketball Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Dan Hinxman, who covers Nevada men’s basketball for the Reno Gazette-Journal for Saturday’s game at the University of Wyoming. Tip-off is at 2 p.m. at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.

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Nevada has to be one of the surprises in the Mountain West at 5-1. Has this start surprised you, and what have been the biggest factors?

Yes, I am surprised with how much success it has had so far, given how it played through the first 11 games (4-7) and some of the teams it lost to (Morehead State, Cal State Bak-ersfield and Long Beach State, to name a few). A.J. West’s defensive presence has made a big impact on the team, and other players have stepped up their defensive effort since then, too. Another factor is the Wolf Pack has had one of the easiest starts to conference play so far, having not had to take on San Diego State or New Mexico yet.

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UW-Nevada men’s hoops Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Dan Hinxman, who covers Nevada men’s basketball for the Reno Gazette-Journal about Saturday’s 4 p.m. game with the University of Wyoming at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev.

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How big was Nevada’s 62-50 road win at San Jose State for the team’s confidence after an up and down nonconference part of its schedule?

It was really big simply because this team didn’t know what it had yet. A loss to SJSU, one of the bottom two or three teams in the Mountain West, would have fractured its already delicate confidence, especially with the return of power forward A.J. West. With all the issues Nevada has had this season with injuries and ineligible players, it, too, was a bottom two or three team. Beating the Spartans doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not a bottom three team, but at least the players now know they’re better than that.

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