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February 8, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Men’s Basketball – Game #26 Recap – Western Illinois

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps — Jon Green @ 4:18 pm

It’s important to not overreact to games like this. Omaha is a growing D1 team and when you go on the road at a powerful and efficient team like Western Illinois you are going to struggle. So once Omaha got down 20-0 and Western Illinois had little reason to worry much about the rest of this game there’s not too much to learn. The game stretched to 58-25 at the worst before Omaha closed on a 25-10 run to cut it to 18. Can’t read into that at all though.

So let’s just say clearly Omaha has a ways to go to reach Western Illinois’ level. This is a strong senior led team though, so it’s not everyone. NDSU, SDSU, and WIU are all exceptional. Denver (next year) and Oakland are going to be right with them in a five that Omaha will be behind. After that though the Mavericks fit right in.

Tyler Egli came off the bench and hit a couple threes and scored 10 points. Simmons had 10 as well on 5-12 shooting. Coleman had eight points and Karhoff had six on 3-9 shooting. Welhouse was held scoreless for the first time since his sophomore year. Marcus Tyus went 0-5 and didn’t score, consider this an off game from the freshman. Simmons and Karhoff had six rebounds but Omaha was beat on the boards, though much of that do to missing more shots.

Western Illinois shot 49% and 6-14 from three while Omaha was at 33% and 5-16 from deep. That shooting disadvantage was just too much to make up when they are also losing the rebounding battle.

Omaha goes to IUPUI on Saturday. That’s a chance for a win, a 3-5 road record this year in the Summit, and a game that will be much more telling about Omaha than this one was.

It was Over When: It was over before Omaha scored because when you are down 20-0 after 8 and a half minutes you aren’t coming back on the road.

Player of the Game: It’s a shocker but it’s Tyler Egli tonight. Co-leading scorer with 10 points on a smooth 3-4 shooting with a couple of FTs. Had two rebounds an assist and a steal. Egli is the 9th Maverick to get this award this year with only Jacques Coleman and Simon Krych left without it.

Season Total:
Justin Simmons (7)
John Karhoff (5)
Matt Hagerbaumer (4)
Alex Welhouse (4)
Alex Phillips (1)
Caleb Steffensmeier (1)
CJ Carter (1)
Marcus Tyus (1)
Tyler Egli (1)

Player Ratings (Positionally Adjusted Win Score):
Tyler Egli – 4.660
Matt Hagerbaumer – 2.862
Simon Krych – 2.558
John Karhoff – 0.978
Justin Simmons – 0.814
Jacques Coleman – 0.631
Alex Welhouse – (-0.299)
C.J. Carter – (-0.902)
Caleb Steffensmeier – (-1.420)
Alex Phillips – (-2.604)
Marcus Tyus – (-2.604)

Egli, Hagerbaumer and Krych put up great lines in garbage time.

Season Total:
Matt Hagerbaumer – 1.372
Justin Simmons – 1.189
Marcus Tyus – 0.942
Alex Welhouse – 0.939
C.J. Carter – 0.794
Caleb Steffensmeier – 0.598
John Karhoff – 0.582
Alex Phillips – 0.542
Koang Doluony – 0.380
Tyler Egli – 0.335
Jacques Coleman – 0.305
Simon Krych – 0.102

Team Ratings: High pace again for a Western Illinois game. Omaha’s defense wasn’t all that bad apparently but offensively Omaha didn’t get going. Shooting was poor but turnovers weren’t bad. The Mavericks didn’t go anywhere on the offensive glass and didn’t get to the FT line much.

Possessions: 70
Offensive Points per Possession : 0.72
Defensive Points per Possession : 1.03
eFG%: 37.3%
Turnover Rate: 12.9%
Offensive Rebounding: 12.8%
Defensive Rebounding: 80.6%
A/B%: 52.4%
Floor%: 36.1%
FT Prod: 4.8

Response to 3 things to watch:
1) Justin Simmons – I was concerned and rightfully so in this one. Western Illinois plays good perimeter defense and they held Simmons to 10 points on 5-12 shooting. He only played 24 minutes but the game was over regardless. I will say he probably played slightly better than I expected to see from the stats.

2.) John Karhoff vs. Terell Parks – Terell Parks did his thing on Thursday. 6-7 from the field for 12 points and 16 rebounds. Beasting it in his 26 minutes. Karhoff struggled and scored just six points on 3-9 shooting. Did have six rebounds and three steals.

3.) Good start – Omaha was down 20-0 after 8.5 minutes. Anyways…

Prediction Response: Missed the spread by a point, but I thought both teams would be better on offense. No 20 points of course for Simmons.

Upcoming Opponent: Omaha travels to Indianapolis where they take on the IUPUI Jaguars. The Jags have lost nine straight. Omaha can win this one but IUPUI has come close to getting another win and this won’t be a cakewalk.

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