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January 20, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Men’s Basketball – Game #21 Recap – Cal State Bakersfield

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps — Jon Green @ 12:18 am

For the 4th time in five games… Omaha gave up the most points per possession their opponent has scored this year. Cal State Bakersfield is a decidedly bad offensive team who has only scored more than one point per possession on six occasions this year heading into tonight’s game. Tonight they scored 1.21.

So despite the fact that Omaha had their 2nd best offensive performance of the year (they scored 1.14 per possession) it wasn’t enough as the Mavericks dropped this one 84-79. Omaha’s offense has really come to life. They’ve now been over 1 point per possession in six straight games but it has led to only two wins in that stretch in large part due to the lack of defense.

Cal State Bakersfield shot 54% from the field and went 11-24 from three. They grabbed 33% of their misses and did what they had to do to win this game down the stretch. Javonte Maynor led the Roadrunners with 17 points and had four threes while Tyrone White had 16 with four threes.

Look it’s encouraging that Omaha fought hard and nearly came back to win this one. They were down 39-24 at the half and scored 55 second half points. Just think about that though.. 55 second half points weren’t enough to get them any closer than five! They shot 60.6% in the 2nd half, went 7-7 from the FT line and 8-15 from three. You really can’t ever expect to play better than that… and it still wasn’t enough! It’s encouraging to see the offense is there but until the defense starts playing better it’s hard to take too much of a moral victory from things.

Omaha had balanced scoring tonight; 14 from Karhoff and Simmons. 13 from CJ Carter (most of those in one quick stretch in the 2nd half). 11 from Phillips and 10 from Welhouse. Welhouse had eight rebounds to lead the way for the Mavericks.

Omaha next travels to South Dakota next Thursday night… it’s going to be a tough one. The Dakota Dome is a tough place to play and South Dakota schooled the Mavericks 95-72 in Omaha. To top it all off… South Dakota is coming off a very impressive 97-78 win at Oakland. It’s quite possible that South Dakota is the 4th best team in the League.

It was Over When: A three point game with 17 seconds left is not over. Nor is a three point game with six seconds left. It was over when Matthew Ratto hit two FTs with five seconds left… you aren’t coming back from down five with five seconds left.

Player of the Game: John Karhoff goes back-to-back-to-back with the award. He’s been picking his play up lately with double figure scoring each game and five or more rebounds in all three games as well. Tonight he led Omaha in scoring (14), rebounds (8), and assists (3).

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

Player Ratings (Positionally Adjusted Win Score):
Marcus Tyus – 3.196
Tyler Egli – 1.794
Alex Welhouse – 1.527
Alex Phillips – 1.502
John Karhoff – 1.307
Jacques Coleman – 1.263
C.J. Carter – 1.096
Justin Simmons – 0.150
Matt Hagerbaumer – (-0.775)
Caleb Steffensmeier – (-1.623)

Marcus Tyus went 2-4 with four points along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 11 minutes. Pretty solid game.

Season Total:
Matt Hagerbaumer – 1.360
Justin Simmons – 1.085
Alex Welhouse – 0.896
Marcus Tyus – 0.771
Alex Phillips – 0.730
Caleb Steffensmeier – 0.679
C.J. Carter – 0.597
John Karhoff – 0.498
Koang Doluony – 0.380
Jacques Coleman – 0.158
Simon Krych – (-0.092)
Tyler Egli – (-0.150)

Marcus Tyus and Alex Phillips both passed Caleb Steffensmeier tonight to jump into 4th and 5th.

Team Ratings: Perhaps a little slower game than Omaha would want. Offense was great, defense not so much. Mavericks shot well and didn’t turn it over much but they didn’t do great on the boards on either side. They passed well and did score on a good amount of possessions… again offense was not the problem.

Possessions: 69
Offensive Points per Possession : 1.14
Defensive Points per Possession : 1.21
eFG%: 57.6%
Turnover Rate: 15.9%
Offensive Rebounding: 25.9%
Defensive Rebounding: 66.7%
A/B%: 50.0%
Floor%: 52.9%
FT Prod: 18.6

Response to 3 things to watch:

1) Omaha shooting – As expected Omaha shot well and did in fact finish over 50% from the field as I predicted… this is a strong suit for the Mavericks right now.

2.) Defense – And this isn’t a strong suit for Omaha… I’d hoped they could hold them to a respectable number and I don’t think they did. It was a bad defensive performance given the opponent. Need to see improvement here the rest of the season. Early in the year we were most concerned with lots of turnovers and defensive rebounding. They’ve definitely shown signs of really improving the turnover problem with some really good performances lately. And the defensive rebounding problem isn’t perhaps as big an issue as it was at the start of the year… now this is what is causing major problems.

3.) Ball control – This was a good thing for Omaha today. Only turned it over on 15.9% of possessions, 4th best of the season. Really proud of the improvement we’ve seen here. All four of their top four performances have come in the last seven games.

Prediction Response: Nailed Cal State Bakersfield’s point total and was a few off on Omaha’s. Was impressed that they didn’t quit and fought to the end.

Upcoming Opponent: Omaha has a Thursday road trip to South Dakota coming up… that’ll be a doozy I expect.

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