Maverick Maniac's Musings

January 4, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Men’s Basketball – Game 17 Recap – Oakland

Filed under: College Sports,Men's Basketball,Omaha Mavericks — Jon Green @ 9:00 am

Omaha gave Oakland some challenge in Rochester on Thursday night as the Mavericks battled Oakland tight for a little over a half before the Golden Grizzlies pulled away and eventually led by as many as 22 before settling into a 91-79 win.  Justin Simmons led the way for Omaha scoring 24 points and leading all scorers. Simmons hit four 3’s in the ball game and put up another great stat line for Omaha.

John Karhoff backed up Simmons with 14 points while Alex Phillips and Alex Welhouse each chipped in 9. Omaha was out rebounded 39-32 and turned the ball over 20 times, leading to the 12 point loss despite shooting 54.5% form the field and 50% from three. the Mavericks also struggled from the FT line where they missed 10 shots shooting 8-18 (44.4%).

Omaha was beaten in the paint (44-22), off turnovers (36-19), on 2nd chance points (21-11) and on the fast break (6-4). Omaha did have an advantage off the bench where they won the battle 16-6. Oakland barely used their bench playing them only 38 minutes and Raphael Carter getting six points in 22 of those minutes. Unfortunately every Oakland starter scored between 12 and 20 points while hitting five to seven shots. Omaha just didn’t have the answers defensively in this one.

Omaha goes to Fort Wayne next on Saturday. The Mavericks were competitive in Fort Wayne last year and took the Mastadons to OT in Omaha, losing both games.

It was Over When: Oakland went on a 12-1 run to extend the lead from 11 to 22 and put the game away with 7:35 to go. That stretch included two Travis Bader threes and two Raphael Carter dunks.

Player of the Game: Justin Simmons gets the nod tonight. Simmons led the way in scoring with 24 points and shot fairly well at 50% (8-16). Additionally he hit four 3’s and was a perfect 4-4 from the FT line. Simmons added three rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal.

Season Total:
Matt Hagerbaumer (4)
Justin Simmons (4)
Alex Welhouse (3)
John Karhoff (3)
Alex Phillips (1)
Caleb Steffensmeier (1)
CJ Carter (1)

Player Ratings (Positionally Adjusted Win Score): 
Caleb Steffensmeier – 5.051
Alex Welhouse – 2.277
Justin Simmons – 2.155
Matt Hagerbaumer – 1.680
Marcus Tyus – 1.591
Alex Phillips – 1.172
John Karhoff – 1.159
Jacques Coleman – 0.000
Tyler Egli – 0.000
C.J. Carter – (-0.122)
Simon Krych – (-1.744)

Omaha had a really nice night offensively and we see this in the win score as most of the minutes went to players who were productive. CJ Carter was the only starter below 1 and a couple of starters were over 2.

Season Total:
Matt Hagerbaumer – 1.436
Justin Simmons – 1.013
Alex Welhouse – 0.895
Marcus Tyus – 0.837
Caleb Steffensmeier – 0.676
C.J. Carter – 0.437
Alex Phillips – 0.385
Koang Doluony – 0.380
John Karhoff – 0.355
Jacques Coleman – 0.072
Simon Krych – (-0.163)
Tyler Egli – (-0.439)

We still have Hagerbaumer and Simmons on top as the only Mavericks over 1. Overall things still aren’t extremely pretty.

Team Ratings: In another fairly quick game (becoming more and more normal) Omaha played really well offensively, shooting the ball extremely well. The Mavericks really struggled with turnovers and defensively didn’t have the answers needed to stay in the game late.

Possessions: 75
Offensive Points per Possession : 1.06
Defensive Points per Possession : 1.15
eFG%: 64.5%
Turnover Rate: 26.8%
Offensive Rebounding: 29.0%
Defensive Rebounding: 64.7%
A/B%: 56.7%
Floor%: 52.0%
FT Prod: 14.5

Response to 3 things to watch:

1) 3 Point Defense on Travis Bader – Omaha gave up 11 threes to Oakland; a few more than Omaha’s average allowed and way more than Oakland normally makes. It would see Oakland found some space to get threes against Omaha, though they did only shoot 38%. Bader hit five of the 11 threes and had 19. I guess you could say Omaha made someone else beat them because Bader was only shooting 38% from three and needed 13 shots to hit his 5 threes.

2.) Inside Battle – Petros scored 16 and had eight rebounds but was playing second fiddle inside to Drew Valentine who had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Oakland’s Forwards/Center had a combined 34 points and 23 rebounds. Omaha got 14 from Karhoff and had 16 rebounds from post players. Think Oakland won the battle in this one but maybe not quite as badly as some may have expected.

3.) Can someone go off? – You got Justin Simmons going off for 24 points but it wasn’t enough in the end. The Mavericks just gave up way too many points to hang in this one.

Prediction Response: The game was a little higher scoring than I expected and Omaha cut the deficit near the end to make it closer than it was for a while. Simmons really showed well with his 24 points.

Upcoming Opponent: Next up for Omaha is Fort Wayne 7-9 (0-2) on Saturday.

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