Maverick Maniac's Musings

November 11, 2012

2012-13 UNO Men’s Basketball – Game 2 Preview – Saint Mary

Filed under: College Sports,Men's Basketball,Omaha Mavericks — Jon Green @ 5:02 pm

After a solid win over Northern Illinois on Friday the Mavericks face slightly easier competition in Saint Mary tonight.

Saint Mary

The University of Saint Mary was founding in 1859 as St. Mary’s Institute. It began accepting men in 1932 and changed its name to the University of Saint Mary in 2003. It is home to 886 students in Leavenworth, Kansas. Leavenworth is home to 35,000 people and is located in the northwest part of the Kansas City metro area. Leavenworth was the birthplace of Buffalo Bill Cody.

Saint Mary is an NAIA member competing in the KCAC (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) and was picked to finish 1st in the conference. Saint Mary is 2-3 so far this year and is coming off of two losses this weekend (71-66 to Baker and 86-84 to Peru State) in the KCAC/HAAC Classic. UNO leads the all-time series 6-0 including a 87-65 win last year in Omaha.

Saint Mary is led by Jordan Wilcox who has averaged 14.5 points so far this season. Kevin Harvey has averaged 12.3 points and Jeb Greenberg has averaged 11.5 points.

Starters: 
Guard – Shiron Williams – 6-2 – Junior – Bangor, Mich. – Averaging 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2.25 assists.
Guard – Jordan Wilcox – 5-11 – Senior – Holcomb, Kan. – Averaging 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Guard – Jeb Greenberg – 6-2 – Senior – Leavenworth, Kan. – Averaging 11.5 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Forward – Matt Heydman – 6-6 – Senior – Holcomb, Kan. – Averaging 7.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1 steal.
Center – Marc McGory – 6-6 – Senior – Columbia, SC – Averaging 6.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.75 assists.

Omaha

Omaha is now 1-0 on the year and looks to continue their winning ways at home, looking for their 3rd straight home win overall. The Mavericks did lose to an NAIA team last year, 71-69 at Briar Cliff.

Starters:
Guard – CJ Carter – 6-0 – Sophomore from  Omaha, Neb. – Averaging 16 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists.
Guard – Justin Simmons – 6-3 – Junior from Milwaukee, Wis. – Averaging 12 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
Forward – Alex Welhouse – 6-7 – Senior from Kaukauna, Wis. – Averaging 13 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
Forward – Koang Duluony – 6-4 – Senior from Omaha, Neb. – Averaging 3 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
Center – John Karhoff – 6-8 – Junior from Omaha, Neb. – Averaging 12 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal.

3 Things to watch:
1) Saint Mary’s Energy – Saint Mary will be playing their 3rd game in three days. This one is against a D1 team they can’t expect to stay in a game with. Will their energy level reflect a team that has resigned themselves to just getting through this one or will it reflect an upset-minded team who thinks they have nothing to lose are willing to leave everything on the court?  They will be allowed to play any of their players since this is an exhibition for them, so don’t be surprised if some players play who haven’t seen the court yet this year for Saint Mary.

2.) Omaha’s Sloppiness – While theoretically it should be easier on offense against Saint Mary, I would still like to see the Mavericks take a lot better care of the basketball. Turnovers are often a result of making mistakes on offense (traveling, bad passes, and player control fouls) and thus a low number of turnovers would say something about if Omaha played a composed game instead of being sloppy with the ball. Last year against Saint Mary the Mavericks committed 16 turnovers, so it’s not a sure thing they’ll take good care of the ball.

3.) Rest/Rotation – With games coming up @ Texas Tech on Wednesday, @ Tulane on Friday and @ Nebraska on Sunday I’d expect the Mavericks to try to get the starters out of the game early to rest them some. Last year’s game saw no Maverick play more than 29 minutes and I’d suspect this year’s game will play out similarly. It will be interesting to see who gets a lot of minutes off the bench and what they can show with those minutes. In particular I’m looking to see what Alex Phillips, Marcus Tyus, and Simon Krych can provide since we haven’t seen as many minutes by these guys.

Prediction: Last year Omaha won 87-65 and I suspect this year might be similar.  I’ll take Omaha to win 91-63 with John Karhoff leading all scorers with 18.

Linkage:
Omaha.com Preview
Omavs.com Preview
Live Stats
Live Video ($8)

No live blog because I’ll be at bible study during the game. Tickets are still available so you should totally make your way down to the new Ralston Arena and enjoy an evening of basketball.

I’d recommend following UNO’s Basketball twitter account (@UNO_Basketball) for updates.

Go Mavs!

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