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November 16, 2011

2011-12 UNO Men’s Basketball – Game 3 Preview – UMKC

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks — Jon Green @ 10:02 am

Fresh off a home pounding of Concordia (Neb.) UNO gets their 2nd of four early chances to pull a road upset at a future Summit League rival when they travel to UMKC on Wednesday night. UMKC seems like a natural rival for UNO down the road. From the names (Nebraska-Omaha, Missouri-Kansas City) to the cities, the fit makes more sense than anyone else in the conference. The Dakotas are going to have their battles, but the new south end of the I-29 grouping (with Oral Roberts leaving) could be a place to look for a new rivalry. I hope UNO and UMKC work together to encourage this. Perhaps some trophy or added promotion to these games could further help this.


UMKC is located in Kansas City, Missouri, and has an enrollment of around 15,000 (similar to UNO). The University of Kansas City was founded in 1933 and became part of the University of Missouri system in 1963, when the name changed to UMKC. This was five years before Omaha University became UNO and part of the University of Nebraska system. UMKC is also very close to a Jesuit University (Rockhurst) as UNO is to Creighton.

UMKC Basketball has never competed in the NCAA Tournament and hasn’t had a winning season since 2004-05 until last year. The last time the Roos had less than 10 losses was 1991-92. Former Roo Tony Dumas played four seasons in the NBA. Last year UMKC went 16-14 and was the six seed in the conference tournament. So far this year UMKC is 0-2 with a loss at home to Northwest Missouri State and a loss at Bradley.

Last time out for UMKC they lost 68-58 at Bradley. UMKC was actually up three with six minutes to go, but Bradley came back to take the lead and were solid from the FT line to close it out. UMKC was particularly bad from the line (7-18) and were outrebounded by 11. UMKC was led by Trinity Hall’s 14 and Kirk Korver’s 12.

Guard – Reggie Chamberlain – 6-0 Senior – Kansas City, Mo. – Averaging 12 points, 1.5 assists and one steal.
Guard – Estan Tyler – 6-1 Freshman – St. Paul, Minn. – Averaging 6.5 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Guard – Dustin Dibble – 6-4 Senior – Petoskey, Mich. – Averaging six points, nine rebounds and one assist.
Forward – Trinity Hall – 6-7 Sophomore – Kansas City, Kan. – Averaging 14 points, five rebounds, and 1.5 steals.
Center – Bernard Kamwa – 6-8 Senior – Cameroon – Averaging six points, four rebounds and 0.5 steals.

UMKC should be a much easier matchup for UNO than IPFW was. Kamwa and Hall don’t pose nearly the challenge for Karhoff and Welhouse that McCorkle was, and while they have a 6-4 guard he’s not a Frank Gaines type so Albers should have a better matchup with him.

It’s striking how much UMKC’s offense seems to struggle. They are shooting 34% from the field, 29% from three, and 59% from the FT line. They are being outrebounded by an average of 6 and have an assist to turnover ratio of 0.75. It would seem UNO could hang with this team. UMKC is averaging 64 possessions per game (UNO has had 73 in both of their games) so they will try to slow things down a bit against the Mavs. UMKC has an offensive rating of 93.6 and a defensive rating of 104.5.  UNO had a slightly better offensive mark, but a much worse defensive mark in their game at IPFW. I think the numbers indicate a very close game, probably a bit offensive.

UNO leads the series 4-2, but the teams haven’t played since 1977.


Last time out UNO thoroughly dominated an overwhelmed Concordia (Neb.) team. UNO took advantages of the weakness presented to them and were relentless in their attacking the paint en route to a 100-68 win. Mitch Albers had a historic night going 12-13 from the field, scoring 30 points and grabbing seven assists. Caleb Steffensmeier has 12 points on 4-4 shooting from three, both career highs, while Alex Welhouse (11) and John Karhoff (15) also got into double figures.

Guard – Caleb Steffensmeier – 6-1 Sophomore from  Omaha, Neb. – Averaging six points, two rebound and three assists.
Guard – C.J. Carter – 6-0 Freshman from Omaha, Neb. – Averaging 12 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.
Guard – Mitch Albers – 6-4 Senior from Papillion, Neb. – Averaging 22.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists.
Forward – Alex Welhouse – 6-7 Junior from Kaukauna, Wis. – Averaging 12 points, 8.5 rebounds, and one assist.
Center – John Karhoff – 6-8 Sophomore from Omaha, Neb. – Averaging 11.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and one assist.

3 Things to watch:

1) Offensive Rebounding – UMKC has allowed their opponents to grab 41% of available offensive rebounds. UNO has been right around 27% in both of their first two games, if they can hit the offensive glass hard tonight they could get extra chances and be a big boost for the team.

2.) Defensive Presence – While UNO did a good job against Concordia on defense Monday night, there is still room for improvement. UMKC might be just the team to do that against. The Roos have really struggled offensively and might be just the team for UNO to show some defensive strength against. UMKC has scored 58 and 62 in their two games so far this year.

3.) Playing Rotation – I’m interested to see how the minutes continue to play out. John Ring has been getting into games before Matt Hagerbaumer but both have played 27 minutes. Hagerbaumer’s stats have been slightly better due to Ring’s fouling (nine in two games), but it’s not much of a difference). Bill Freeman has been the bench player used the most, and he’s actually out performed everyone except Mitch Albers. If Caleb Steffensmeier or C.J. Carter struggles I’m interested to see if Hansen is quick to use Freeman with either of them. Tyler Egli and Jacques Coleman have both looked good in limited minutes, I’m not sure Hansen will utilize either much though in a tight game. We will find out tonight. Mitchell Farr has gotten more minutes than both combined, though his production is last on the team.

Prediction: I’m not going to pick UNO every game, but this time I will. I think the Mavericks do go down to KC and get the upset. I’m given a lot more hope because of the Northwest Missouri State win to start the year, it’s obvious UMKC can lose to a team like UNO. I’ll take UNO 75-70.

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UMKC Preview Preview/Story on C.J. Carter

I’d recommend following myself (@maverickmaniacs) and UNO’s Basketball twitter account (@UNO_Basketball) for updates. @Vernon_J_ will also be there with me and will be tweeting I’m sure.

Go Mavs!


1 Comment »

  1. confirmed

    Comment by Vernon J — November 16, 2011 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

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