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Preview: Nevada to host University of Minnesota Duluth in first game since Nov. 30

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Preview: Nevada to host University of Minnesota Duluth in first game since Nov. 30. (Photo courtesy: Nevada Athletics)

The Nevada men's basketball team is preparing to play three games in less than a week at Lawlor Events Center starting with the University of Minnesota Duluth on Wednesday after a two-week hiatus from competition due to COVID-19.

Head coach Steve Alford returned to practice last Wednesday after being in quarantine for 10 days from battling COVID-19. He added his entire coaching staff throughout the last two weeks caught the virus, including associate head coach Craig Neal, Director of Player Development Glen Worley, and assistant coaches Bil Duany and Kory Barnett. All are back for Wednesday's game except for Kory Barnett, who is still in quarantine and will return for Saturday's game against LMU. He added the team is at full strength ahead of the final three non-conference games of the year, in a pivotal stretch before the team takes another break ahead of their Mountain West opener at San Jose State on Dec. 29.

"It's like we tell our guys there's no asterixis," Alford said. "They're not going to say, 'Hey, your coaching staff was out and it went through the coaching staff, so this game we understand.' At the end of the day, it's doesn't matter what it is, you're in the win-loss business and you're going to fall in one of those two columns. So we've expressed that to our team. We're going to play three games here in about a six-day stretch and then we're not going to play again for over a week. We've had a lot of breaks here in in the month of December, for one reason or the other, and we haven't been able to get in that great rhythm. So it's just finding our rhythm, getting back out and doing the things that in those three games prior to us not playing, we were starting to do things offensively and defensively what we liked, and now we can't get out of character and have to rebuild that in January. We've got to show some improvement here in these next throughout these next three games, it's a pretty pivotal 120 minutes of work to see where we are going into conference play."

Tip off is at 7 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center and can be watched live on Nevada Sports Net.


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