The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team will enter its first Mountain West tournament in less than two weeks in Las Vegas.
That's why this is a good time to look back on the Wolf Pack's 12-year (2000-01 through 20011-12) run in the Western Athletic Conference tournament. The Wolf Pack's dozen years in the WAC tournament produced championships in 2004 in Fresno and 2006 in Reno and a couple other near misses (2003, 2009).
The Pack went 16-10 in the WAC Tournament, winning at least one game in 10 of the 12 years. Just four other schools have ever won more than 16 games in the WAC Tournament: UTEP (27), New Mexico (22), Hawaii (22) and Utah (20).
The Wolf Pack enjoyed a lot of great moments in the WAC Tournament led, of course, by the tournament titles in 2004, beating UTEP 66-60 in Fresno and in 2006, beating Utah State in overtime, 70-63, in Reno.
There was also the first WAC tournament win, 72-66 over SMU in Tulsa in 2002. The biggest win the Pack ever experienced in the WAC postseason was 32 points, 88-56 over Idaho in Las Cruces, N.M., in 2007.
The toughest WAC Tournament losses were, of course, in the championship games of 2003 (75-64 to Tulsa in Tulsa) and in 2009 (72-62 to Utah State in Reno). And the 80-79 loss in Reno in 2010 in the semifinals, in Luke Babbitt's and Armon Johnson's final game at Lawlor Events Center, will also never be forgotten.
The Pack also had many great individual performances in its 26 WAC Tournament games. Two that didn't make our list of the Top 10 were significant and should be noted here because they took place in the Pack's first-ever WAC postseason win in 2002 over SMU. Corey Jackson had 18 rebounds and 10 points and Terrance Green had 23 points in the 72-66 ground-breaking victory.
These, then, are the Top Ten Wolf Pack individual performances in a WAC Tournament game from 2001-12 . . .