Maverick Maniac's Musings

February 11, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Men’s Basketball – Game #27 Recap – IUPUI

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps — Jon Green @ 6:56 pm

Omaha trailed 20-0 after eight and a half minutes at Western Illinois on Thursday. Saturday they found themselves down by 20 again, this time after 10.5 minutes. Perhaps it was the easier opponent, perhaps Omaha just flat out played better, but whatever the reason the Mavericks didn’t quit and gutted out one of their most exciting wins of the year.

The Mavericks have beaten some decent teams this year. I think of the South Dakota win on the road and the Fort Wayne win at home as certain highlights. They even had that comeback from down 13 at Kansas City a few weeks ago. What Omaha didn’t have to this point was the incredible comeback that really catches you by surprise. When I left the Sapp Fieldhouse on Saturday the Mavericks were down big late in the first half and I figured a disappointing loss was the result coming. When I got home they were within five points and pretty soon they had control of the game.

It’s one of those games you really wish there was radio coverage of because I would have enjoyed hearing what happened. Sad smile.

We can see from the box score that Omaha really got the job done on offense. John Karhoff was nearly unstoppable inside going a ridiculous 11-17 and hitting 4 FTs to score a career high 26 points. Alex Welhouse was effective as well hitting three triples while scoring 17 points and adding 12 rebounds, his most since the same mark at Northern Illinois last year.

Justin Simmons was held to 18 points but grabbed seven rebounds and four assists. CJ Carter added 16 and that just about sums up the scoring for UNO. Alex Phillips had six points and the only player to score off the bench was Matt Hagerbaumer who scored two points.

IUPUI got big days out of Mitchell Patton and Sean Esposito who each went for 23. Esposito was a lethal 7-10 from deep as the Jaguars as team show 44%. IUPUI also struggled off the bench with just two points. Omaha was great on the glass, out rebounding the Jaguars by 14 and doing great on both the offensive and defensive side of things. Omaha also shot 21 FTs to IUPUI’s 6. Another positive note for Omaha was that they only turned it over 11 times.

The Mavericks now have 9 wins, an impressive haul for a team who had just one D1 win last season. I predicted them going 10-29 before the season… not sure where I got the 39 games from, but I’ll assume I meant 10-21. I’m not sure I really believed it, might have been guessing with my heart, but I definitely didn’t believe it when they were playing Benedictine and struggling in mid-December. The idea that this team would get six Summit League wins and go 3-5 on the road in conference was nowhere on my radar. It’s a great accomplishment and somewhere to build from.

They have Chicago State and North Dakota at home this week and Omaha needs to come out focused. It’s been a good year but there is still plenty of potential for a 0-4 finish at home if they aren’t up for it. Their great play in recent weeks has come out of good hard work and energy. Can’t let that slip away in these next few games.

It was Over When: When Alex Welhouse hit 2 FTs to put Omaha up six and Sean Esposito missed a triple with 22 seconds left this one was all but over.

Player of the Game: Big man John Karhoff had a fantastic afternoon against a decent front court for the Jaguars. He was a big focal point of the Mavericks offense and went 11-17 from the field and 4-6 from the FT line to total 26 points. He also had five assists and no turnovers. Karhoff added five blocks and a steal to round out his fantastic afternoon. 18 of those points and three of the assists game in the 2nd half as he was limited to just ten minute in the first half because of foul trouble.

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

Efficiency Ratings:
John Karhoff – 29
Alex Welhouse – 21
Justin Simmons – 18
C.J. Carter – 11
Matt Hagerbaumer – 7
Alex Phillips – 4
Caleb Steffensmeier – 1
Tyler Egli – 0
Marcus Tyus – 0

Season Average:
Justin Simmons – 12.4
John Karhoff – 12.0
C.J. Carter – 8.8
Alex Welhouse – 8.1
Alex Phillips – 6.8
Matt Hagerbaumer – 5.9
Marcus Tyus – 5.4
Caleb Steffensmeier – 4.5
Koang Doluony – 3.1
Jacques Coleman – 2.4
Simon Krych – 1.7
Tyler Egli – 1.6

Team Ratings:
Good pace and good offensive number to overcome a so-so defensive rate. Shot the ball well, didn’t turn it over much and hit the glass on both ends. Even got to the FT line. Not a lot of things to complain about other than some defensive issues that were largely fixed after giving up 49 points in the first 15 minutes. Just 29 points in the final 25.

Possessions: 73
Offensive Points per Possession : 1.17
Defensive Points per Possession : 1.13
eFG%: 56.5%
Turnover Rate: 15.1%
Offensive Rebounding: 33.3%
Defensive Rebounding: 83.9%
A/B%: 48.5%
Floor%: 58.9%
FT Prod: 24.2

Response to 3 things to watch:
1) Post Play – Omaha did give up 35 points and 12 rebounds to the combination of Donovan Gibbs and Mitchell Patton but Alex Welhouse and John Karhoff came ready to play and really did win the battle down low. Combining for 43 points and 17 rebounds these two veterans keyed the Mavericks on the afternoon. Matt Hagerbaumer added five rebounds off the bench in 11 minutes off the bench in relief of Karhoff.

2.) Perimeter Advantage – Simmons did his thing to the tune of 18 points while CJ Carter stepped up with 16 of this own on fairly effective shooting. Great play by these two to make up for getting only six from Phillips and no points from Tyus or Steffensmeier.

3.) Good start – Omaha started okay down 13-11 after six minutes, but the game nearly got out of reach after a 22-4 run made it a 20 point game. Omaha’s biggest deficit was at 49-27 but the Mavericks came roaring back on an incredible 32-8 run lead by two halfway through the 2nd half. Fantastic comeback.

Prediction Response: If you actually read my preview I forgot to change the prediction category from the Western Illinois game. OOPS! I would have taken Omaha to win this one Smile.

Upcoming Opponent: Omaha hosts Chicago State on the 19th in a non-conference game. With Omaha sitting on 9 wins that’s a great chance to get to 10. The Mavericks beat the Bobcats 68-66 in a neutral site game back in November.

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