Sports Illustrated honors Nevada, Coach Muss
Reno, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
Sports Illustrated released their "Effy Awards" on Monday, in what they describe as the "least ambiguous and least prestigious postseason awards in college basketball. Every award is based on efficiency or other advanced metrics. No voting—just analytics."
Nevada and Head Coach Eric Musselman took home an honor, the "Biggest Two-Year Turnaround Project by a New Coach".
Here is what SI had to say about the Wolf Pack:
"Nevada had a nice run in the mid-2000s under Trent Johnson and then Mark Fox, but it was in a dismal state when Musselman took over in the 2015 off-season, having just finished 9–22 and 271st in efficiency. Musselman, a former head coach of the NBA's Kings and Warriors, refashioned Nevada into the Iowa State of the Mountain West, mixing quality transfers (such as Marcus Marshall) with under-the-radar talent (such as Cam Oliver). In his second season in Reno, Musselman led the Wolf Pack to a Mountain West Conference title and a No. 12 seed in the NCAAs—and their efficiency margin was a stunning 21.9 points per 100 possessions better than it was in '14–15, the final year of Musselman’s predecessor, David Carter."