Two Nevada basketball exhibition games have been set for October

Steve Alford
Steve Alford will make his Nevada coaching debut in a pair of exhibition games in October. (Nick Beaton/Nevada athletics)

The Nevada basketball team's regular-season opener is more than 50 days away, but Wolf Pack fans won't have to wait that long to see Steve Alford's team on the court.

The Wolf Pack has set two exhibition games in October, per schedules released by their opponents.

Nevada will host Cal State Easy Bay on Oct. 19 and Colorado Christian on Oct. 30. Both games are expected to be played at Lawlor Events Center. The Wolf Pack hasn't officially announced either game.

Cal State East Bay is a Division II school that went 22-8 last season, including 16-6 in its conference and a semifinal round appearance in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament. Colorado Christian is a Division II school that went 6-22 overall last year and 4-18 in its conference.

Teams are allowed two exhibition games prior to their season opener. In each of the last two seasons, the Wolf Pack played Division I opponents in an exhibition, including a 91-73 loss to Washington last season. The Wolf Pack also played San Francisco State at the Virginia Street Gym last year, an 85-60 win in which Nevada trailed by one at halftime.

The Wolf Pack will be under the direction of Alford, the team's first-year coach who replaces Eric Musselman, who accepted the head job at Arkansas in the offseason. Nevada went 29-5 last season, including a first-round exit in the NCAA Tournament. No starters return from last year's team as Alford ushers in a new era of Nevada basketball.

Tip of the cap to Wolf Pack fan Dale Clark for sniffing out the games.

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