Perhaps Nevada’s domination of the Mountain West Conference is not imminent.
Today on Jon Rothstein’s College Hoops Today Podcast, Wolf Pack head coach Eric Musselman identified the status of junior Elijah Foster as “suspended indefinitely” and the team is “moving on.”
Foster, a 6’7″ forward, was thought to be a key piece in Nevada’s pursuit for their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007. The Seattle, Washington, native was averaging 12.0 points per game and 7.4 rebounds while helping the Wolf Pack to a 5-2 start.
Foster’s suspension spurred from a 1st-degree domestic battery charge on November 28. The 20-year old was arrested for such as well as contempt of court.
Despite Foster’s absence, Nevada has continued to pile on wins. The team is 6-0, winning contests by an average margin of 8.5 points. The most impressive victory came on the road at Washington of the PAC-12.
With the complement of former Missouri Valley Conference stars Marcus Marshall (20.2 PPG) and Jordan Caroline (12.5 PPG & 9.3 RPG) to Cameron Oliver (15.7 PPG & 7.0 RPG) and D.J. Fenner (11.6 PPG), the 2016 College Basketball Invitational Champions are a popular pick for Mountain West regular season champions.
However, games against the likes of the 10-3 Wyoming Cowboys, the 8-4 San Diego State Aztecs, and the 8-5 Colorado State Rams loom as other formidable contenders to the conference crown.
11-2 Nevada opens conference play by hosting 7-4 San Jose State on December 28.
– P. Wesner