Maverick Maniac's Musings

August 7, 2008

Summer Leage Playoffs Semifinals and Final Preview

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks — Jon Green @ 6:46 pm

Tonight is the night to end the playoffs.  Semis at 5:30 and 6:30 and Final at 7:45 at Omaha Central.

At 5:30 UNO will take on UNK in a rematch of a regular season game that saw UNK defeat UNO.  UNO will look for their gaurds to light up the scoreboard as they’ve done in previous weeks.  UNO will also look for forwards Dion Curry and Justin Peterson to play hard inside against much older UNK grads who were once All-Americans.  Matt Akins will also play a big role inside (and John Ring if he is playing).  I think if UNO plays like they have lately, they can win this game.  That said, UNK is a VERY tough team with some very good older players and some hard nosed young guys.  That includes a great player in Drake Beranek.  UNO’s biggest advantage is depth.  UNO will have 10-11 available tonight, while UNK will probably play with 6 or 7.  If UNO can keep pace up all game long, it should make it hard for UNK to win.

In the 2nd game at 6:30 the UNO Grads take on P’Allen’s PCS Phosphate… minus P’Allen according to thebluejaycafe.com. PCS is still a tough team with some good graduates, a former NBA prospect in Omar Bynum, and a Husker in Cole Salomon.  UNO’s Grads will face a challenge and must bring a better game then last week.  I have a feling PCS won’t be able to stop UNO’s 3 barrage though and we’ll see a UNO-UNO final tonight.

The prospect of that is… tantalizing.  Grant Neiland being forced to choose between his two teams.  Or does he play for both?  Guys like Mitch Albers going at former teammate Denny Johnston.  Matt Akins taking on former great post players in Ryan Curtis and Tola Dada.  Current 3 point stud Justin Peterson takin on all time 3-point leader Zac Robinson.  Current Mav Jeff Martin taking on his teammates.  That could be fun. I’m not sure who to take in the final, but I imagine conditioning could be a large factor and with a large bench, I have to pick UNO as the favorites to win the league tonight!  They raise a trophy the last time this team was in a tournament, and I think they can do it again tonight (in front of slightly more people perhaps too :-p).

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