Playing the Expectations Game For Nevada Basketball
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How Nevada is Approaching the Upcoming Season with High Expectations
Hope springs eternal, and as fall announces it’s presence by painting the countryside using its palette of reds and yellows, college basketball announces it’s proximity to tip off with a blitz of media days.
It came as no surprise when it was announced at MWC media day that Nevada was the near-unanimous pick to win the regular season conference championship. From the top of the conference to the bottom every program has set goals, some with lofty expectations of an NCAA bid or conference crown, others trying to show improvement over last year and notch a few more wins.
While teams like SDSU and New Mexico are dealing with high expectation in hopes of dethroning Nevada and getting an NCAA bid, the Wolf Pack have to deal with even bigger expectations. Different programs often deal with expectations in polar opposite ways.
Mick Cronin in a recent interview when asked if he thought the Cincinnati team was being disrespected by being picked to finish second responded by saying “We really don’t talk about stuff like that.”
Later in the interview, he revealed that he likes to use the PHD philosophy; if his players are poor, hungry and driven then the players and team will improve and get better. With the year in a year out success Cincinnati has had under Cronin’s reign it is hard to find fault with this approach.