Fox Says His Inexperienced Team Practices Hard

Nevada basketball coach Mark Fox said Thursday it's fun to coach his young, inexperienced team but it will have to "grow up fast" with so many road games before league play begins.

Fox told about 100 boosters at a luncheon in Reno today that his team already has learned how to work hard and practice hard.

He says that's especially important because they play four of their first six games on the road.

The one-and-one Wolf Pack lost their opener at Central Florida 63-60 on Sunday but bounced back to beat UC-Irvine 77-68 in Anaheim Tuesday night.

They host Santa Clara in their home opener Saturday night, then play at UNLV Nov. 24, host California Nov. 28 then play at Pacific Dec. 1.

Fox says he knows a lot of fans are worried about the Wolf Pack's ability to fill Nick Fazekas' shoes.

But he says he's never been concerned about that.

He says Nevada has a solid front line with good depth, led by JaVale McGee and Demarshay Johnson.

He says David Ellis and Matt Lagrone also have played well.

He says Marcelus Kemp has shot poorly, including one-of-11 from three-point range.

But he's not worried about that either and expects the sharpshooter's touch to return very soon.