Wolf Pack basketball team ranked No. 7 in first AP poll

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More than 4,000 attended Nevada’s exhibition games Sunday against Washington.
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The University of Nevada men’s basketball team is seventh in the 2018-19 preseason Associated Press poll released today.  It is the highest ranking for the Wolf Pack in school history.  The previous top ranking was nine on Feb. 26, 2007.

Nevada returns four starters from last year’s team that reached the Sweet 16 and tied the school record with 29 victories.  The 2017-18 team also captured a second consecutive regular season Mountain West title.

Back for the Pack are Caleb Martin the 2017-18 MW Player of the Year and this season’s preseason Player of the Year.  He averaged 18.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.  Twin brother Cody Martin, the 2017-18 MW Defensive Player of the Year returns after averaging 14 points, 4.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Forward Jordan Caroline, a 2017-18 MW All-MW selection is back for his third season at Nevada.  Caroline averaged 17.7 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game.  Senior point guard Lindsey Drew is recovering from an achilles injury that forced him to miss the final 10 games of last season.  Drew was averaging a career-best 8.1 points per game when he was injured.  He was named to the 2017-18 MW defensive team.

The Martin twins along with Caroline were selected to the 2018-19 MW preseason team.  The Pack welcomes several talented players which includes five star recruit Jordan Brown.  Brown was named preseason MW Freshman of the Year.

The Pack hosts San Francisco State on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Street Gym in a second exhibition contest. The regular season begins on Nov. 6 when BYU is at Lawlor Events Center for an 8 p.m. tipoff.

— @NevadaWolfPack

Related story: Defense disappears in second half of Wolf Pack’s exhibition opener.

  • AP Preseason Top 25 Poll
    First-place votes in parenthesis
  1. Kansas (37)
  2. Kentucky (19)
  3. Gonzaga (1)
  4. Duke (4)
  5. Virginia (2)
  6. Tennessee (1)
  7. Nevada
  8. North Carolina
  9. Villanova (1)
  10. Michigan State
  11. Auburn
  12. Kansas State
  13. West Virginia
  14. Oregon
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. Syracuse
  17. Florida State
  18. Mississippi State
  19. Michigan
  20. TCU
  21. UCLA
  22. Clemson
  23. LSU
  24. Purdue
  25. Washington

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