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The 2012-13 Nevada basketball teams held media day on Tuesday at Lawlor Events Center in preparation for the upcoming season.  Both teams were interviewed and had photos taken by various media sources during the event.

The women have begun practice while the men get underway on Friday. 

The Pack women host San Francisco State in an exhibition contest on Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.while the men's exhibition game versus Oregon Tech is Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.  Both games are free admission.



 

Drake Men's Basketball Game Moved To Nov. 30

The University of Nevada men's basketball game with Drake has been moved to Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.  Originally the game was scheduled to be played on Dec. 1, the same date the Wolf Pack football team hosts Boise State.  The basketball game is part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge.

Pack Men's Basketball On Pac 12 Network In December

Nevada's men's basketball games at Washington on Dec. 8 and Oregon on Dec. 31 will air on the Pac 12 Network.  The UW game is a set for a 5 p.m tip-off while the New Year's Eve game with the Ducks begins at 4 p.m.

"Ticket Transfer" Means No Ticket Left Behind

Nevada has made it possible for its ticketholders to digitally transfer tickets to their friends, family and clients.  This system eliminates the need to hand-deliver hard tickets or wait in Will Call lines to leave tickets for someone.  Doing so will lead to a better customer experience, fewer unused seats, better attendance and a better atmosphere for the fans and team.  For step-by-step instructions on how to transfer tickets, click here.

From the desk of Mike Samuels, Nevada's associate athletics director for marketing:

As we settle into the digital ticketing age, we here at Nevada are continuously looking for ways to make the ticketing experience as convenient as possible for our customers.  As you may recall, last season we introduced ticket scanners, which allowed us to issue print-at-home tickets to our fans.  Fans no longer have to come to the box office to pick up tickets or wait for them to arrive in the mail.  You can order online and print from the comfort of your own home.

Recently, we have unveiled another digital ticketing option for our fans: Ticket Transfer.  Ticket Transfer is part of our "No Ticket Left Behind" campaign and encourages fans to ensure that every seat they have purchased is filled on game day.

We know it can be a hassle to distribute tickets you cannot use due to the logistical nightmare of, not only finding someone to use them (that tends to be the easy part) but also physically delivering the hard tickets (especially on short notice).  Generally, this requires making a trip to someone's home or office, waiting outside the stadium to meet them, or going to Will Call to drop them off (which forces a trip to Will Call for the recipient).

Ticket Transfer makes the delivery and pickup of tickets a simple process that can be done (by both the ticketholder and the person receiving the tickets) from the comfort of their own home.  

Ticket Transfer allows ticketholders to go online, log into their online ticketing account and transfer selected seats (on a game-by-game basis) to others.  It is an extremely simple process that takes less than two minutes.  The only information you need for the recipient of the tickets is a name, phone number and email address.

Once you click "transfer," the recipient will receive an email allowing them to print the tickets from home (this must be done within a 24-hour period, or the tickets return to the original owner for security purposes).

How does this help?  Well, aside from being a great benefit to ticketholders by making it easier for them to invite family, friends or clients to games, it also makes it easy for fans to help fill Mackay Stadium.  We have all been in sports arenas and heard the attendance announced, only to look around and say "That can't be right."  The reason? Unused seats.  We hope that this system will mean there is No Ticket Left Behind and help fill the stands for our fans and teams.

For step-by-step instructions on how to use Ticket Transfer, please click here.

Governor's Dinner Speaker Doug Gottlieb and the "Douger"

As many of you know, ESPN college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb was the speaker at the 44th annual Governor's Dinner last Friday. The evening was a great success, and Gottlieb entertained the audience with a great message about taking advantage of the opportunities in your life when they present themselves.
 
But Gottlieb's day began much earlier and he had the chance to experience what "One Community, One Pack" is in northern Nevada. Gottlieb had a busy day, arriving on campus at 10:30 a.m., answering questions from the media at a press conference at 11 a.m., heading to the ESPN Radio 94.5 FM studios to do the Doug Gottlieb Show live from Reno from 1-4 p.m. and finally driving to Carson City for the dinner at the Governor's Mansion.

Needless to say, the day's schedule left Gottlieb feeling a bit run down, so as his car pulled into Carson City, he asked Nevada's Senior Associate AD Rory Hickok if they could stop at Starbucks for a little caffeine.

The barista behind the counter saw Gottlieb and said "You're Doug Gottlieb! I was just listening to your show and was thinking 'wouldn't it be great if Doug Gottlieb stopped in on his way to the Governor's Dinner?' I can't believe it!" His manager also heard and recognized Gottlieb's voice and came out to meet him.

Gottlieb ordered his usual coffee, which he calls the "Douger," and signed a Starbucks cup for the staff, kindly checking off all of the ingredients in the "Douger" for them.  He even took a picture of the Starbucks staff and tweeted it.

Definitely a great day for a couple of Wolf Pack and Doug Gottlieb fans and an example of how lucky we are to be able to put on a great event and bring speakers like Gottlieb to our community  every year!

Nevada Has Second-Most Draft Picks Among Non-BCS Schools since 2002

This came out a few days ago, but it is worth a second look as the NBA Draft gets underway tonight.

Matt Norlander, senior college basketball blogger at CBSSports.com, took a look at draft patterns over the past decade and it is worth noting that the University of Nevada is tied for second in the country with Gonzaga (and behind only Memphis' 10) as the non-BCS school with the most draft picks since 2002. It's interesting to see how many basketball powerhouses Nevada ranks above in terms of number of draft picks in that stretch.

The Wolf Pack has had six men's basketball players taken in the NBA Draft since 2004:

2004 - Kirk Snyder (Utah Jazz, first round, 16th pick overall)
2007 - Nick Fazekas (Dallas Mavericks, second round)
2007 - Ramon Sessions (Milwaukee Bucks, second round)
2008 - JaVale McGee (Washington Wizards, first round, 18th pick overall)
2010 - Luke Babbitt (Minnesota Timberwolves, first round, 16th pick overall)
2010 - Armon Johnson (Portland Trail Blazers, second round)

Even though the Wolf Pack's Olek Czyz and Dario Hunt are probably long shots to be taken in this year's draft, we wish them the best of luck as they pursue careers in professional basketball. It will be interesting to see if Nevada will add to its impressive draft total.

Nick Fazekas Playing for ASEAN Basketball Crown

Former Wolf Pack All-American Nick Fazekas has spent the last few months playing in the Phillippines in the ASEAN Basketball League in southeast Asia.

His team, the San Miguel Beermen, is currently playing for ASEAN Basketball League championship.

Fazekas has been tearing it since joining the San Miguel club in April and is averaging 22.7 points and 13.8 points per game.

He turned in a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds in San Miguel's 86-83 win over the Indonesia Warriors on Saturday in the first game of the best-of-three championship series.

The Beermen will attempt to clinch the championship next week in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ryan Radtke Interviews Governor's Dinner Speaker Doug Gottlieb

In case you haven't checked it out, Voice of the Wolf Pack Ryan Radtke recently caught up with current ESPN college basketball analyst and Governor's Dinner speaker Doug Gottlieb.

The 16-minute interview is available here and covers everything from the Wolf Pack to the parity in college basketball today.

This year's Governor's Dinner is set for Friday, July 13 at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City. Tickets and more information are available by calling (775) 682-6965.

Q&A With Olek Czyz About His Dunk

As you may have seen on NevadaWolfPack.com today, former Wolf Pack standout Olek Czyz has made it to the Final Four of the HoopsManifesto.com dunk competition. Czyz has knocked off Oregon State's Jared Cunningham, Kentucky's Michael Kidd Gilchrist and Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb and will be going up against Darrion Pellum of Hampton in the finals.

Here is a Q & A with Czyz about the competition and some of the specifics of his dunk:

Q: What was the name of your dunk?
A: It was a reverse windmill, but a lot of people know it as LeBron James' signature dunk.

Q: Describe a little bit about the HoopsManifesto.com dunk competition.
A: It is basically a nomination for the dunk of the year, and two players are put against each other and people can vote for the dunk they liked better.

Q: During the game when you got the steal, were you already thinking about your dunk?
A: I did not really think of it once I stole the ball because I was just trying to get under control, but then I thought why not do something cool? That was the dunk that came to me.

Q: How did you feel after you dunked the ball and how was the reaction from the crowd and your teammates?
A: I got a great reaction from both my teammates and the crowd and I felt like it ultimately just sent a message to the other team and helped us to capitalize on our win.

Q: How did you find out your dunk had been nominated?
A: I actually found out about it on Twitter. I was tagged in a link to the contest and from there I just checked it out for myself.

Q: What was your reaction when you found out your dunk had made it to the competition's Final Four?
A: I felt very honored, because my dunk has been included with some of the biggest names in college basketball. I also feel that it is a great thing for our community.

Q: How can people vote for your dunk?
A: Click here for the link to see it. Please vote!

Story by former women's basketball student-athlete and communications intern Christina Gough

Los Angeles Times Article on Ramon Sessions

Former Wolf Pack guard Ramon Sessions has been tearing it up since being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers a month ago.

The Los Angeles Times wrote a nice story on Sessions, which details the ups and downs of his career in the NBA so far.

Definitely worth a read for any Wolf Pack fan.

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