Maverick Maniac's Musings

February 25, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Men’s Basketball – Game #29 Recap – North Dakota

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps — Jon Green @ 10:30 am

Omaha’s game against North Dakota on Saturday was a crowd pleaser. While the Mavericks didn’t shoot their best the teams played at high possession game and the back and forth nature of the game made things exciting.

Omaha led 25-13 early and it looked like they had a chance to control the game. It didn’t last as they went cold and a 20-5 North Dakota run gave them a three point lead with 3:10 left in the half. Omaha fought back and an Alex Welhouse three tied things at 41 at the break.

In the second half the two teams were never further than four points apart until there was 1:16 left. North Dakota held the lead for a while and with 4:32 left things were starting to look iffy for Omaha as they trailed by three. Instead Omaha buckled down and closed the game on a 13-2 run to pull away for the eight point win. Justin Simmons hit the crucial three pointer to tie things before John Karhoff hit two layups to push Omaha ahead by four points. After North Dakota had cut the lead back to two Alex Welhouse hit a huge three pointer to put the Mavericks back up five. With two really tough games looming Welhouse may have hit the key shot in his final win.

Omaha did their best to throw this one away, Justin Simmons committed a charge and CJ Carter missed an alley-oop layup as Omaha was up five in the final minute. North Dakota ended up getting three offensive rebounds, missing five shots, and turning it over once while down five. Omaha got away with any defensive lapses and when Alex Phillips was fouled and they called a flagrant foul on Aaron Anderson it was too much for North Dakota to overcome.

The Mavericks got their 11th win of the season and their 10th win over D1 opposition. As usual it was the two main scorers on this team, John Karhoff and Justin Simmons who lead the way, but it was the role players that stood out to me. Alex Welhouse had a great game scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds. He only got to play 22 minutes but did a great job stepping up when asked to and has been a great senior on this team. Caleb Steffensmeier had a bigger role on Saturday playing 27 minutes and contributing in many ways. He scored six points, grabbed two rebounds, had three assists and stole the ball four times.

Riding the good play of John Karhoff, Omaha only used Matt Hagerbaumer for eight minutes but he put in two points, three rebounds, two assists and a block in that time.

Now Omaha ends their season with their two biggest home games. It’s very fun how things have built to this and Omaha is playing great ball lately having won six of their last eight games. Those two losses were Oakland and Western Illinois. Going back even further Omaha’s only losses since January 10th have been Western Illinois (twice), Oakland, and at Cal State Bakersfield, a game where they had a real chance to win. It’s been very impressive to see them beat a good variety of teams and really take care business in winnable games. They haven’t had a big upset yet though and now they’ll get two chances to do that for the first time as a D1 team.

Another interesting note is how strong Omaha’s offense has been in 2013. In their 14 games in 2013 (and New Year’s Eve) Omaha has scored 70 or more points on 12 occasions and have had a player score 20 ore more points in 11 of those 14 games.

It was Over When: When Aaron Anderson committed a technical foul while fouling Alex Phillips with 34 seconds left down five it was ball game. Omaha would hit only two of four FTs out of that but it was still enough to give them a seven point lead that was too much to overcome in half a minute.

Player of the Game: John Karhoff is going to make the season total interesting as he grabbed his 8th of the year. Karhoff went 7-15 from the field and 3-4 from the FT line and had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He also had three assists and three blocks.

Season Total:
Justin Simmons (8)
John Karhoff (8)
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 – 19
Alex Welhouse – 14
Justin Simmons – 13
Caleb Steffensmeier – 13
C.J. Carter – 9
Alex Phillips – 6
Matt Hagerbaumer – 5
Marcus Tyus – 2
Tyler Egli – 0

Season Average:
Justin Simmons – 12.9
John Karhoff – 12.0
C.J. Carter – 9.0
Alex Welhouse – 8.1
Alex Phillips – 6.8
Matt Hagerbaumer – 5.9
Caleb Steffensmeier – 5.2
Marcus Tyus – 5.1
Koang Doluony – 3.1
Jacques Coleman – 2.3
Simon Krych – 1.7
Tyler Egli – 1.5

Team Ratings:
Pretty fast pace in fact this was Omaha’s fastest D1 game of the year. Omaha was not spectacular on offense but did play strong defense in this one. The Mavericks didn’t shoot great but didn’t turn it over much and were really strong on the offensive glass. They weren’t real good on the defensive glass. Finally the Mavericks passed the ball well and got to the FT line a good amount.

Possessions: 79
Offensive Points per Possession : 1.05
Defensive Points per Possession : 1.00
eFG%: 48.5%
Turnover Rate: 17.6%
Offensive Rebounding: 37.1%
Defensive Rebounding: 59.0%
A/B%: 60.0%
Floor%: 53.1%
FT Prod: 26.9

Response to 3 things to watch:
1) Justin Simmons vs. Troy Huff – They both hit 20, Huff getting 21, but neither was real great shooting as Huff went 9-21 and Simmons was 6-15. Simmons couldn’t quite get to the rim as effective as in other games. He went just 3-11 from inside the arc but was 3-4 from deep.

2.) Injuries – Brekke and Schuler didn’t play and it’s hard to say just what impact they might have had. I’m sure it would have been a boost to North Dakota to have them though.

3.) Inside Battle – Wilmer, Allard, and Archer combined for 16 points and 14 rebounds in 48 minutes. They went 6-14 from the field. It wasn’t a great showing and considering how well both John Karhoff and Alex Welhouse played I think Omaha won this battle. Doug Archer who averages 1.1 blocks did have three for North Dakota.

Prediction Response: Two off on Omaha’s score and one on North Dakota’s… margin off by one. I’d consider that pretty much nailing it. Omaha looked good and it’s encouraging that they can play with so many teams already in year one of the Summit League membership.

Upcoming Opponent: Omaha will host South Dakota State on Thursday. That will be a very fun night at the Ralston Arena but a tough game.

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