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Nevada basketball's Mountain West schedule one of the league's most difficult

Warren Washington
Warren Washington and the Wolf Pack now know their Mountain West schedule. (Justin Tafoya/Clarkson Creative Photography)

The Mountain West released its 2021-22 men’s basketball schedule Friday, with the conference returning to its traditional 18-game format.

Last year, the MW went to a 20-game slate that included 10 two-game series (five at home and five on the road). This season, Nevada will play home-and-homes with eight schools, while playing one opponent at home only (New Mexico) and one on the road only (Air Force).

Of note with the schedule is the fact Steve Alford will not return to the Pit, where he coached New Mexico for six seasons before taking the UCLA job. Additionally, New Mexico and Air Force are expected to be two of the lesser teams in the conference, giving the Wolf Pack one of the more difficult MW schedules this season.

Dates on the MW schedule are subject to change and tip times have not yet been set, as the conference TV partners will make their game selections at a later date.

Nevada’s conference season tips off Dec. 28 at San Jose State before the Wolf Pack hosts two in a row at Lawlor Events Center against New Mexico (Jan. 1) and Wyoming (Jan. 4). The Wolf Pack’s nine-game MW home schedule is filled out with contests against Boise State (Jan. 11), Fresno State (Jan. 22), Utah State (Jan. 29), Colorado State (Feb. 8), San Jose State (Feb. 15), UNLV (Feb. 22), and San Diego State (March 5).

Along with the conference opener at San Jose State, Nevada’s MW road dates will include trips to San Diego State (Jan. 8), Air Force (Jan. 15), Colorado State (Jan. 25), UNLV (Feb. 1), Fresno State (Feb. 5), Utah State (Feb. 12), Wyoming (Feb. 26), and Boise State (March 1). The 2022 Mountain West Basketball Championship is scheduled for March 9-12 at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Nevada is expected to be one of the best teams in the MW in Steve Alford's third season. The Wolf Pack returns two All-MW guards (Grant Sherfield, Desmond Cambridge Jr.) among its five returning starters. Nevada also added three transfers in Will Baker (Texas), AJ Bramah (Robert Morris) and Kenan Blackshear (FAU).

Nevada basketball schedule

Nov. 9 – Eastern Washington

Nov. 12 – San Diego

Nov. 16 – at Santa Clara

Nov. 18 – at San Francisco

Nov. 22-24 – Crossover Classic at Sanford Pentagon (Sioux Falls, S.D.) – Washington, George Mason, South Dakota State

Nov. 30 – Pepperdine

Dec. 4 – at North Texas

Dec. 7 – at UTA

Dec. 15 – UMD

Dec. 18 – LMU

Dec. 21 – Grand Canyon

Dec. 28 – San José State *

Jan. 1 - New Mexico *

Jan. 4 – Wyoming *

Jan. 8 - at San Diego State *

Jan. 11 - Boise State *

Jan. 15 - at Air Force *

Jan. 22 - Fresno State *

Jan. 25 - at Colorado State *

Jan. 29 - Utah State *

Feb. 1 - at UNLV *

Feb. 5 - at Fresno State *

Feb. 8 - Colorado State *

Feb. 12 - at Utah State *

Feb. 15 - San José State *

Feb. 22 – UNLV *

Feb. 26 - at Wyoming *

March 1 - at Boise State *

March 5 - San Diego State *

* - Mountain West game

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