Maverick Maniac's Musings

November 21, 2011

2011-12 UNO Men’s Basketball – Game 4 Recap – South Dakota

Filed under: College Sports,Men's Basketball,Omaha Mavericks — Jon Green @ 4:59 pm

UNO and USD finally got their rivalry back under way on Sunday. While there wasn’t a lot of fan fare, I definitely got the feeling that these two teams belonged together on the same court. While both are Midwest Institutions, UNO is a big city commuter school while South Dakota is in a small college town in Vermilion. They make natural combatants, and over the years had played to a 38-38-1 draw.

After UNO drew first blood with an Alex Welhouse three, South Dakota took a 7-3 lead after three and a half minutes. That’s when CJ Carter went on a run scoring 11 of UNO’s next 13 as the Mavericks raced out to a 16-10 lead. It became a game of runs as South Dakota would rattle off the next nine straight led by five from Charlie Westbrook. By the 5:50 mark South Dakota had pulled ahead by eight, 36-28, on the back of three straight treys. UNO responded with a 6-0 run of their own keyed by John Karhoff getting easy buckets inside off of driving assists. Unfortunately South Dakota once again went on a run closing the half up eight, 44-36.

South Dakota stretched the lead to nine early in the 2nd half and for a bit it seemed like they might pull away, but an Alex Welhouse three sparked a 12-4 UNO run that brought it to 50-49 South Dakota. For the next 12 minutes UNO would draw close, and South Dakota would pull back away. Finally with 4:18 to go Mitch Albers was able to make a driving layup to give UNO a 76-75 lead. South Dakota went back by three before Alex Welhouse tied things with a triple with two minutes to go. Mitch Albers hit two foul shots to put UNO up 81-79 with 1:38 left.

UNO got another stop and ran some clock, but a missed entry pass to John Karhoff opened the door back up for USD. They responded quickly with a layup to tie things. UNO again ran the clock and got a Mitch Albers layup attempt with 12 seconds left. The layup fell off the rim and South Dakota moved quickly in transition drawing a foul from Caleb Steffensmeier with seven seconds left. Gruis hit both FTs to give South Dakota the two point lead. CJ Carter took the inbound and drove the length of the court. He was able to outflank South Dakota and got to the rim, but they had collapsed inside and his reverse layup attempt was blocked. Carter probably should have made a pass on that play, we’ll chalk it up to a freshman mistake that he tried to do it all himself.

UNO got a nice balanced attack on Sunday getting 23 from Albers, 19 from Welhouse, 15 from Karhoff, and 14 from Carter. Bill Freeman also almost got into double figures with eight. The rebounding was also balanced with Welhouse with seven, Carter and Karhoff with six, and Albers, Freeman, and Ring all with four. Albers had four assists while Welhouse, Karhoff, and Steffensmeier all added three. Six Mavericks registered a steal led by Albers’ three.

UNO really shrank their rotation playing only Ring off the bench (to spell Karhoff and Welhouse for a total of 14 minutes) and Freeman (to spell Albers, Steffensmeier and Carter for a total of 19 minutes). Carter’s PG ability creates a nice opportunity for Freeman to allow CJ and Caleb to rest at seperate times. Mitch will probably play 38+ minutes in the big games since he is so valuable to the team.

UNO shot 43% from the field, 29% from three and only 64% from the FT line. South Dakota shot 44% from the field, 35% from three and 75% from the FT line. UNO was sharp from inside the arc hitting 50% of their shots on the way to 44 points in the paint and played well in transition scoring 21 points off 14 turnovers. South Dakota had a 45-38 edge on the boards.

South Dakota was paced by Louie Krogman in the first half when he scored 16 points and went 4-6 from three. He went cold in the 2nd half though and was held scoreless, but the slack was picked up by Charlie Westbrook and Trevor Gruis who added 15 a piece. Jordan Boots scored 11 off the bench on 5-5 shooting.

It was Over When: UNO’s chance was gone when CJ Carter’s layup attempt was blocked. USD missed two FTs with 0.3 seconds left, but that wasn’t time to get a shot off.

Player of the Game: Alex Welhouse wins this one because of his fantastic 2nd half. He scored 16 of his 19 in the 2nd half as he carried the Mavericks back into the game. He led UNO with seven rebounds, was one off the team lead with three assists and grabbed a steal. He also played only 33 minutes, the lowest of any of the five starters.

Season Total:
John Karhoff (1)
Alex Welhouse (1)
Mitch Albers (1)
Bill Freeman (1)

Stat Leaders: Mitch Albers led UNO in points for the 3rd time with 23, followed by Alex Welhouse with 19. Welhouse led the team in rebounds for the 4th straight game with seven followed by CJ Carter and John Karhoff with six. Mitch Albers led the team in assists for the 4th straight game with four while Welhouse, Karhoff and Steffensmeier had three a piece. Mitch Albers lead the team in steals for the 2nd time with three. Caleb Steffensmeier added two.

Leading the Team Season Total
Points:
Mitch Albers (3)
C.J. Carter (1)

Rebounds:
Alex Welhouse (4)

Assists:
Mitch Albers (4)

Steals:
C.J. Carter (2)
Mitch Albers (2)
Caleb Steffensmeier (1)

Player Ratings (Positionally Adjusted Win Score): 
Alex Welhouse – 1.621
Mitch Albers – 1.558
Bill Freeman – 1.039
John Karhoff – 0.337
John Ring – 0.317
C.J. Carter – 0.223
Caleb Steffensmeier – (-0.135)

Alex Welhouse had his best game of the year and Bill Freeman was better than Carter/Steffensmeier who struggled to put up good stats. Ring spelled Karhoff well, but Karhoff took too many shots to get his points. Mitch was his usual solid self.

Season Total:
Tyler Egli – 7.031
Jacques Coleman – 1.894
Bill Freeman – 1.716
Mitch Albers – 1.670
Alex Welhouse – 0.937
John Karhoff – 0.933
Matt Hagerbaumer – 0.930
Caleb Steffensmeier – 0.882
C.J. Carter – 0.549
John Ring – 0.305
Mitchell Farr – (-0.651)

Team Ratings: The 79.37 possessions, were ten more than the game against UMKC and six more than the previous high against IPFW and Concordia (Neb.). The Offensive Rating was down from the last 2 games, but was better than they did against IPFW in their first game. The defensive rating has actually improved in each of the D1 games and the season average is now comparable to the 2007-08 and 2009-10 seasons, the only times in the last 5 years UNO has had a defensive rating below 110.

It was the worst shooting game for UNO since the game against IPFW and the numbers are almost identical to that game. By comparing the eFG% against the Interior Shooting% you can see if the added 3 pointers make up for the lower % from three. On Sunday if almost did, but wasn’t quite “worth it”. The only game so far this year where UNO had a better eFG% than Interior Shooting % was the Concordia game.

It was a much better Offensive Rebounding game for UNO, twice as good as against UMKC but not  quite as good as against IPFW. Defensively they rebounded better than against IPFW but not quite as well as against UMKC. UNO has been pretty consistently between 68.8 and 72.7 on their defensive rebounding this year which is pretty respectable and very comparable to the last five years. UNO has only had a 70% Def Rebounding rate twice in the last five years (the two years they won conference tournaments).

Possessions: 79.37
Offensive Rating: 102.05
Defensive Rating: 104.57
eFG%: 46.5%
True Shooting: 49.6%
Interior Shooting: 47.3%
Offensive Rebounding: 26.1%
Defensive Rebounding: 70.3%
Overall Rebounding: 45.8%

3 stats that tell the tale of the game: 

1) FT % – UNO was only 63.6 (14-22) from the FT line leaving some precious points at the line in a tight game.

2) Bench Scoring – South Dakota outscored UNO 30-10 off the bench. This ability to go to extra options off the bench was big for South Dakota as they got major contributions and were able to avoid a few players who had cold streaks.

3) Rebounding – The 7 point board advantage for South Dakota was crucial in a game that hung on every possession near the end.

Response to 3 things to watch:

1) Mitch’s supporting cast – UNO has done a great job of finding scorers alongside Albers and tonight was no different. Six players have scored in double figures and Alex Welhouse stepped up in a major way tonight with his 2nd half performance.

2.) Alex Welhouse’s supporting cast – Until today the only other players than Welhouse to grab five rebounds in a game were Bill Freeman against IPFW, John Ring with six against Concordia, and John Karhoff with five against UMKC. This time both CJ Carter and John Karhoff grabbed six as UNO had a season high six players grab at least four boards.

3.) Defense, especially against the 3 – Defense improved once again today. South Dakota played well offensively but not as well as UMKC or IPFW did. If you take away Louie Krogman in the first half, when he went 4-6 from three, USD shot just 23.5% from three for the game.

Prediction Response: I was pretty close. There were more possessions than I expected as the pace was really pushed so the total ended up higher than I expected. I was impressed by how close UNO came to pulling off the upset though, I thought South Dakota would have control by the final minute.

Upcoming Opponent: North Dakota State on Tuesday night in Fargo. North Dakota State is off to a 4-0 start to the year and has an RPI of 40 at this point!

Linkage:

Omavs.com recap

USDCoyotes.com recap

Yankton Press & Dakotan recap

Argus Leader recap

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