Junior guard Daniel Norl and the Omaha men's basketball team face IUPUI on ESPN3 Wednesday night.
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Mavericks Ready for Road Tilt at IUPUI

Omaha Athletics | January 10, 2017
This Week
The Omaha men’s basketball team visits IUPUI this Wednesday, Jan. 11. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Ind., and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Gary Sharp will have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2, and fans can stream audio on their smartphones by downloading NRG Media’s app “1620 The Zone." Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on OMavs.com.

Quick Hits
•Four of Omaha's starters average double-figure scoring: senior guard Marcus Tyus (15.1 ppg), junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman (13.4 ppg), sophomore guard Zach Jackson (11.6 ppg) and senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins (10.9 ppg).
•Tyus eclipsed 1,000 career points Jan. 4 vs. Fort Wayne, becoming the 37th Maverick to reach the milestone.
•Tyus is averaging 21.5 points per game over four games in league play, which ranks fourth in the conference.
•Hollins sits at 18th on the Summit League's all-time career steals list with 181.
•Omaha scored 55 first-half points last Saturday at South Dakota State, its most of the season.
•Omaha went 7-6 in non-conference play, marking its fourth straight season finishing .500 or better against non-conference opponents.
•From Dec. 10-18, Omaha rattled off three straight wins, rallying from halftime deficits vs. Montana State, at UMKC and vs. Cal State Fullerton.
•Head coach Derrin Hansen has used three different lineups throughout the first 16 games this year.
•Over their careers, Thurman and Hollins have both averaged at least 12 points per game, notching at 12.2 ppg and 12.0 ppg, respectively.
•Omaha capped the 2015-16 season at 18-14 overall and 10-6 in the Summit League, finishing third in the conference standings. The Mavericks were picked fourth in the league’s 2016-17 preseason poll.
•Hollins and Thurman were both named Preseason All-Summit, with Hollins on the first team and Thurman on the second team.
•Hollins was the nation’s leader in both steals (127) and steals per game (3.9) as a junior.
•Tyus has returned to the lineup after redshirting in 2015-16. Previously, Tyus had not played in a game since Feb. 7, 2015 at Denver, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury.
•UNO lost five letterwinners from 2015-16, including second-team All-Summit performers in guard Devin Patterson and forward Jake White.
•Omaha was a perfect 10-0 when shooting 50 percent or better last year. This year, the Mavericks are 2-1.
•Eight different Mavericks have scored in double figures over the first 16 games this year.
•Thurman registered his team-leading fifth double-double of the year Jan. 4 vs. Fort Wayne. In games with a Thurman double-double over the last three seasons, Omaha is 6-5.

Scouting the IUPUI Jaguars
IUPUI enters the weekend with a record of 7-10 (1-2 Summit League) after an 85-74 loss at South Dakota last Saturday. Darell Combs the Jaguars with 27 points, while Matt O'Leary added 14 and Evan Hall had 11. Combs has scored 18.1 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Summit League, while O'Leary (14.8 ppg) also averages in double figures.

Head coach Jason Gardner is in his third season at IUPUI and carries a career record of 30-50.

Wednesday's game marks the ninth meeting all-time between Omaha and IUPUI, with the Mavericks leading the series 6-2. The two teams most recently met on Feb. 17, 2016 in Indianapolis, where the Jaguars earned an 88-76 win. They split last year's season series, as UNO won the meeting prior to that, 76-71, on Jan. 3, 2016 at Baxter Arena.

Last Time Out: Omaha Hangs On For First League Win, 101-93 at South Dakota State
It rained threes at Frost Arena last Saturday, as the Omaha men's basketball team canned a season-high-tying 16 3-pointers en route to a 101-93 win at South Dakota State. Senior guard Marcus Tyus led the Mavericks' long-range attack, pouring in a game-high 34 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 8-of-13 from distance and 6-of-7 at the free throw line. The Ramsey, Minn., native tied Omaha's single-game threes record originally set by former Maverick Zac Robinson vs. Missouri Western on Nov. 21, 2006.

Sophomore forward Mitch Hahn joined Tyus in double figures with 15 points, helped by a trio of 3-pointers. Redshirt freshman guard JT Gibson added a career-high 14 points with four treys.

Junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman also led the Mavericks on the boards, pulling down a team-leading nine rebounds alongside eight points.

Omaha shot .469 (30-of-64) from the field, taking over half their shots behind the arc to finish at a .457 (16-of-35) 3-point clip. The Mavericks were also .893 (25-of-28) at the stripe, and their bench outscored the Jackrabbits' 41-23.

Tyus Named Summit League Player of the Week
Senior guard Marcus Tyus was tabbed Summit League Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week for his performances Jan. 3-8, the league office announced Monday. It marked the first weekly award of his career, and he shared the honor with Garret Covington of Western Illinois.

Tyus averaged 29.5 points and 2.5 steals over two games last week, shooting 69.2 percent from the field, 66.7 percent from long range and 91.7 percent at the free throw line. The Ramsey, Minn., native scored 25 points and had a career-high four steals Wednesday against Fort Wayne, which helped him eclipse the 1,000 career points milestone to become the 37th 1,000-point scorer in school history. On Saturday at South Dakota State, Tyus added a game-high 34 points and shot 8-of-13 beyond the arc to tie Omaha's single-game record for threes.

Road Warriors
Omaha has played 12 of its first 17 games on the road this season, with trips to UC Santa Barbara, USC, Kansas State, Eastern Michigan, Cal State Fullerton, Iowa, Iowa State, UMKC, Pitt, South Dakota, North Dakota State and North Dakota State. The Mavericks have traveled 17,866 miles so far, and they face four of five games on the road to start Summit League play.

Senior guard Marcus Tyus has led the charge for Omaha in road battles with an average of 13.9 points per game, while junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman pulls down 8.5 rebounds per game in those contests. On the road, Omaha is a .760 free throw shooting team, up from .737 at home. The Mavericks also average 38.7 rebounds per game in away games compared to 32.4 at Baxter Arena.

Second-Half Success
Omaha has averaged 42.8 second-half points this season, up from 37.9 first-half points per game. The Mavericks have seen second-half success from 3-point range, shooting .415 (81-of-195) in the second stanza compared to .314 (64-of-204) in the first.

Senior guard Marcus Tyus has been particularly effective in the second half, shooting .529 (46-of-87) from the field compared to .391 (34-of-87) in the first. Tyus is bolstered by .526 (20-of-38) 3-point shooting in his second-half performances, an improvement from .375 (18-of-48) in the opening half.

Tyus Joins 1,000 Point Club
He entered the 2016-17 season having not played a game since Feb. 7, 2015, but senior guard Marcus Tyus is now the most recent Omaha player to join the prestigious 1,000-Point Club. Over four active seasons (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2016-17), he has amassed 1,044 career points to rank 32nd in school history, spurred most recently by a 34-point performance Jan. 7 at South Dakota State. Tyus is the 37th UNO player to reach the 1,000 points milestone.

Omaha’s active career leader for 3-pointers, Tyus moved up to 12th on the Mavericks’ career triples chart at SDSU. His career total of 130 passed Denny Johnston (2004-08), who had 125. Next on the list is Troy Kloewer (1993-97), who had 131.

History-Making Hollins
Senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins is Omaha’s all-time single-season steals leader, and he joined the top 20 for career steals on Feb. 6, 2016. Hollins moved up to fourth in school history Jan. 4 vs. Fort Wayne, passing Devin Patterson (2013-16), who had 175. Hollins now has a career total of 181 swipes, needing just 10 to tie Calvin Kapels (2002-06) for the school record of 191.

Hollins’ 196 assists last season were the second-highest single-season mark in school history. He broke into the all-time top 20 for assists Nov. 19 vs. Rice and is now 10th with 303, having passed Richard Jones (1993-96), who had 299. Hollins now needs eight more to tie for ninth on the list, which would match Patterson, who had 311.

Hollins had one of his finest performances of the 2015-16 season vs. Fort Wayne on Jan. 16, 2016, finishing with 23 points, a season-high 13 assists and a season-best eight steals alongside five rebounds. He claimed Omaha’s single-season steals record (then 81) in the game, clearing the previous mark of 80 set by Vernon Manning (1981-82). Hollins was also the first Omaha player in six years to record a double-double off points and assists.

Tracking Tre’Shawn
After 30 blocked shots to his credit as a freshman and 35 more as a sophomore, junior forward Tre’Shawn Thurman made his way into the top 10 in school history with 65 career blocks. Midway into the 2016-17 campaign, the Omaha Central product now sits at sixth on the list with 80, having passed Matt Hagerbaumer (2010-14), who had 79. His next hurdle is Levy Jones (2003-05), who had 83.

Thurman most recently inked his name in the Omaha record books for career rebounds, joining the top 20 in school history on Dec. 21 at Pitt. He currently sits at 18th on the list with 514 boards, having passed Sam Singleton (1962-66), who had 508. Thurman's next target is Bill Haas (1964-67), who grabbed 518.

Thurman is also on the brink of becoming the second Maverick this season to join the 1,000 Point Club. With 949 points to his credit entering this weekend, he needs 51 more to become the 38th 1,000-point scorer in school history.

Solid at the Stripe
Omaha has been strong at the free throw line this season, hitting at a .752 clip. The Mavericks have shot over .700 12 times, and Jan. 7 at South Dakota State went an unblemished 21-of-21 at the line in the second half.

Earlier this year, Omaha fired at over .900 in back-to-back games -- .923 (24-of-26) Nov. 26 at Eastern Michigan and .926 (25-of-27) Dec. 30 at Cal State Fullerton. The last time a Maverick team shot .900 or better at the stripe in back-to-back games was 2007-08 vs. York College (.926 on Jan. 12, 2008) and Nebraska-Kearney (.900 on Jan. 14, 2008).

Marcus Making His Mark
Senior guard Marcus Tyus tallied his third 30-point game of the season Jan. 7 at South Dakota State. Previously, Tyus had a career-high 37 points Dec. 10 vs. Montana State, which tied for the sixth-best scoring performance in school history with Calvin Kapels vs. St. Cloud State (Jan. 26, 2006) and Devin Patterson at Duquesne (March 16, 2016). Tyus also dropped 33 at USC on Nov. 13.

Feelin’ Hahn, Hahn, Hahn
Sophomore forward Mitch Hahn is averaging 9.8 points per game, the most of any Maverick coming off the bench.

The Fremont, Neb., native had an impressive debut Nov. 12 at UC Santa Barbara, leading all scorers with 15 points in reserve with five 3-pointers. Hahn was the first Maverick to knock down at least five triples in a season opener since former Maverick Jeff Martin did so in 2009-10.

Hahn scored a season-high 18 points Dec. 18 vs. Cal State Fullerton, helped by his 10-of-10 showing at the free throw line. He is also third on the team for threes made this season with 20.

Looking to the Bench
Omaha’s bench outscored Buena Vista’s bench 60-28 on Nov. 22. The last time the Mavericks’ bench enjoyed a scoring margin of 30 or more was March 1, 2014, when UNO outscored Fort Wayne’s reserves 59-26.

The 2016-17 Mavericks are averaging 25.6 points per game by bench scorers, the highest of any Derrin Hansen-coached team. The next highest average is courtesy of the 2013-14 squad, which had 26.5 bench points per game.

Stacking Up Nationally
As a team, Omaha ranks ninth nationally for free throws made (324), 17th for free throw attempts (431), 38th for scoring offense (81.8), 39th for free throw percentage (.752) and 44th for total steals (127).

Individually, senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins is the nation's leader for total steals (54), third for steals per game (3.2), seventh for total assists (107) and 14th for assists per game (6.3).

League Leaders
As a team, Omaha is the Summit League’s leader in free throws made per game (19.1) and free throws attempted per game (25.4).

Individually, senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins leads the way in steals (54) and assists (107) for the second straight season. Tre'Shawn Thurman is also first for defensive rebounds (105).

Compared to the Opposition
Over the first 17 contests of the 2016-17 season, Omaha has:
    •More or equal field goals made compared to its opponent five times
    •More or equal 3-point field goals made compared to its opponent seven times
    •More or equal free throws made compared to its opponent 12 times
    •More or equal rebounds compared to its opponent seven times
    •More or equal assists compared to its opponent six times
    •More or equal steals compared to its opponent eight times
    •Fewer or equal turnovers compared to its opponent seven times
    •More or equal blocks compared to its opponent seven times

Hitting the Century Mark
Omaha hit the century mark for the second time this season in its 101-93 win at South Dakota State on Jan. 7. Over the 12-year Derrin Hansen era, the Mavericks are 20-2 when scoring 100 points or more in a game.

2016-17 Slate = Tough Test for Mavericks
Omaha’s 2016-17 schedule includes 29 games, and the team will play in 13 states against schools from nine other Division I conferences. The schedule has two opponents from both the Big 12 and Big West and one each from the Pac-12, Big Ten, ACC, Conference USA, MAC, Big Sky and WAC. Five opponents – USC, Iowa, Iowa State, Pitt and defending Summit League champion South Dakota State – played in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

The 2016-17 season also features four opponents the Mavericks have never faced: USC, Rice, Cal State Fullerton and Pitt. They now hold a combined all-time record of 140-179 over all teams on the regular-season slate.

Next Up
Omaha hosts Western Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 14. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Baxter Arena, and Gary Sharp and John Karhoff will have the radio call on 1620 The Zone. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.

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