Nevada Wolf Pack needs to get bench more involved says Darrell Moody | NevadaAppeal.com

Nevada Wolf Pack needs to get bench more involved says Darrell Moody

There hasn't been much on the negative side when talking about Nevada's fast start in men's basketball.

Nevada is 9-2 heading into the South Point Holiday Classic in Las Vegas on Wednesday and Thursday, the best start since the 2006-07 team under Mark Fox went 17-1 to start the season.

I worry about the team's ability to hold up playing just a seven-man rotation. It used to be nine, but then Elijah Foster was arrested on suspicion of alleged domestic battery and suspended until further notice. I doubt seriously whether he will come back, and freshman Devearl Ramsey was sidelined with a thigh bruise.

When coach Eric Musselman talked about Ramsey, you could sense his frustration.

"He's done nothing (in terms of practice time)," Musselman said. "I've never seen anybody miss this much time because a thigh bruise."

Nevada has weathered a tough schedule to this point, but it might be nice to get a couple of blowouts so the bench can get some time and the starters can get some much-needed rest.

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Hopefully the break around Christmas will allow the main rotation players to get some rest before the conference opener against San Jose State Dec. 28 at Lawlor.

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I love the Tournament of Champions event at Reno Events Center, but in many respects it has gotten too big.

On Friday, there were 12 mats going on at once. It is sort of like watching a three-ring circus only quadrupled.

There is little or no walking around room, as the floor is crowded with wrestlers who aren't in action and either want to watch to cheer on a teammate or scout an opponent.

I'd love to see it limited to 32 or 40 teams.

I'd love to see it at the Reno Livestock Events Center. It certainly would be more spectator friendly because there is viewing all around the bowl-shaped facility. That would be my choice. Instead of walking to and from the REC, coaches, athletes and fans would have to make a short drive to Sparks.

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According to reports on CSNBA, the Raiders still are continuing discussions about the proposed move to Las Vegas. The owners will be voting on the proposal sometime in January or February. There is no guarantee that the owner will approve the team moving to Las Vegas.

It bothers me that Ronnie Lott's group waited until the 11th hour to step in and get something down. Ridiculous. The stadium has been in shambles for many years. It is the worst in the NFL hands down. There are tons of college stadiums better than the Oakland Coliseum.

If the money is there, why can't you build a new football stadium and a new baseball stadium where the Coliseum now stands? I can't see Oakland keeping the arena once the Warriors leave town. That wouldn't make any sense.

Based on the two games I've attended, if the team moves to Las Vegas, the Raiders will bring their LA fan base with them. It would be a closer drive and cheaper plane ride than it is now.