The madness continued in Nashville Sunday evening.
Trailing by as many as 22, Nevada gave us another moment to remember in college basketball history. It took a while for the high-powered Wolf Pack offense to get going, but when it did, they stunned Cincinnati, winning 75-73.
For the Bearcats, it was their balanced offensive attack, physicality in the paint, and rebounding that set the tone. The game plan was to run Nevada’s shooters off the three-point line and for much of the night, that was a success. Their length and will to close out led to Nevada only making one three in the first half.
You could see the frustration mounting with technical fouls being given to head coach Eric Musselman and Cody Martin. After the technicals, we saw a different team on the court. The undersized Wolf Pack matched the physical play, extended their pressure, and changed the pace making it more uptempo.
A 16-0 run capped by a Cody Martin three made it a six-point game with eight minutes to play. The swag was back, and they keep the pressure on in a 32-8 run to end the game. Cody Martin, who finished with 25 points, seven assists, and six rebounds, would cut the lead to 71-68 on an and-1 with just under four to play.
Cincinnati pushed the lead back to five, but from then on it was all Nevada. Jordan Caroline’s (13 points, seven rebounds) put-back layup made it 73-70. Then it was Caleb Martin, who tied the game at 73-73 with 57 seconds left in regulation.
After a defensive stop, Cody Martin left a pull-up jumper short, however, Josh Hall found the long rebound and dropped in a floater that gave the Wolf Pack a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.
The Wolf Pack will face 11 seed Loyola Chicago in the Sweet 16 next week. Seriously. One of those teams will advance to play for a spot in the Final Four.