Maverick Maniac's Musings

January 5, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Men’s Basketball – Game 18 Recap – Fort Wayne

Filed under: College Sports,Men's Basketball,Omaha Mavericks — Jon Green @ 6:45 pm

If I told you Omaha won the battle in the paint 44-27, won points off turnovers 16-11 (15 turnovers for Fort Wayne), only lost 2nd chance points 17-11, won fast break points 8-5, and won bench points 25-9 you’d probably feel Omaha played Fort Wayne close right?

Not the case… despite those positives, along with several others, Omaha found themselves beaten by 18, 96-78, to fall to 4-14 on the season and 1-4 in the Summit League. Omaha was led by Justin Simmons scoring 24 and Marcus Tyus chipping in 20, but were undone defensively as the Mastodons shot 50% from the field and 58% on 24 3’s. Fort Wayne was led by 26 from both Frank Gaines and Michael Kibiloski. The Mastodons also got to the foul line over and over going 26-31. IPFW also dominated the glass grabbing 48% of available offensive rebounds and winning the battle on the boards 43-25.

Omaha shot decently from the field, 51%, but that was due to 27-46 shooting (59%) on 2’s, not their 4-15 showing from 3. Mavericks also struggled at the FT line where they could only hit 22 of their 22 opportunities.

Late in the first half Omaha found themselves down 21, 43-22, but they didn’t quit and fought back within single digits, 45-36, before a late jumper provided the halftime margin of 47-36.  Twice Omaha cut it to 10 in the second half, but they never could get closer.

Omaha comes back home next week to host IUPUI on Thursday and Western Illinois on Saturday.  The Mavericks have never faced the Jaguars while they lost a home and home series with the Leathernecks last year. Those two teams meet tonight in Macomb. IUPUI most recently played at Maryland where they lost 81-63. They are 6-12 on the year, 1-3 in conference.

It was Over When: Fort Wayne grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a three to make the lead 14 and then followed another Omaha miss with a Mario Hines layup to take a 16 point lead with 3:23 left. Would have taken a lot to come back then.

Player of the Game: Justin Simmons gets the award for the second straight game. Simmons was good from the field, 11-18, and hit two of his five FTs for 24 points. He also grabbed six rebounds, three steals, a block and an assist.  He led the team in scoring, rebounding, and steals.

Season Total:
Justin Simmons (5)
Matt Hagerbaumer (4)
Alex Welhouse (3)
John Karhoff (3)
Alex Phillips (1)
Caleb Steffensmeier (1)
CJ Carter (1)

Player Ratings (Positionally Adjusted Win Score): 
Justin Simmons – 2.829
Marcus Tyus – 1.881
C.J. Carter – 1.190
Alex Welhouse – 0.955
Simon Krych – 0.537
Matt Hagerbaumer – 0.000
Caleb Steffensmeier – 0.000
Tyler Egli – 0.000
John Karhoff – (-0.317)
Alex Phillips – (-0.460)
Jacques Coleman – (-7.576)

Simmons and Tyus had big nights, Carter was the other player in double figures and had three rebounds and three assists. Lack of rebounding hurts the Mavericks in this stat, not a lot of things to add points with if you aren’t rebounding or scoring.

Season Total:
Matt Hagerbaumer – 1.394
Justin Simmons – 1.122
Marcus Tyus – 0.925
Alex Welhouse – 0.899
Caleb Steffensmeier – 0.657
C.J. Carter – 0.497
Koang Doluony – 0.380
Alex Phillips – 0.343
John Karhoff – 0.316
Jacques Coleman – 0.000
Simon Krych – (-0.092)
Tyler Egli – (-0.433)

We still have Hagerbaumer and Simmons on top as the only Mavericks over 1. Tyus is now 3rd on the team with Welhouse close on his tail.

Team Ratings: Omaha got another fast game and played well offensively, but that 1.3 points per possession defensively is way more than I’d have expected. Only North Dakota State did better. Fort Wayne is not a great offensive team and Omaha nearly let them hang a 100 on them. Ouch.

Possessions: 75
Offensive Points per Possession : 1.03
Defensive Points per Possession : 1.30
eFG%: 54.1%
Turnover Rate: 14.6%
Offensive Rebounding: 21.2%
Defensive Rebounding: 57.1%
A/B%: 29.0%
Floor%: 52.8%
FT Prod: 19.7

Response to 3 things to watch:

1) Rebounding – Well we talked about trying to keep it under ten maybe, instead it ended up at 18 rebound advantage for Fort Wayne and that did away with a lot of Omaha’s chance. You have to shoot really well and control the ball to overcome that usually.

2.) Omaha’s Shooting – Omaha is a good shooting team as of late and that continued today. Tyus was 8-13, Simmons 11-18 and Carter 3-6. That didn’t continue to the 3-point line where the Mavs were just 4-15, but it’s still not an offensive performance to hang your head at.

3.) Bench Scoring/Marcus Tyus – Marcus Tyus is Omaha’s bench scoring was kinda the idea coming into this game, and it happened again. The bench outside of Marcus scored just five points. Tyus did his share though and picked up 20 points in 27 minutes, playing 10 more minutes than Alex Phillips.  Tyus is a bright talent for Omaha and may have to wait a couple of years before he gets to start (Phillips and Simmons will probably both be back) but whenever he does get his chance he’s already shown the talent he has.

Prediction Response: These were two of the worst three offensive teams in the Summit League and yet they combined for 174 points. Crazy. Shows you how much the defense you’re facing can determine that.  Omaha lost by 18, I had it by 12, so not too far off.

Upcoming Opponent: Next up for Omaha is IUPUI, 6-12 (1-3) on the year. That game will be Thursday at 7 in the Ralston Arena.

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