Sophomore forward Mitch Hahn and the Mavericks visit Fort Wayne Saturday night.
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Omaha Seeks Season Series Split at Fort Wayne

Omaha Athletics | February 10, 2017
This Weekend
The Omaha men’s basketball team visits Fort Wayne this Saturday, Feb. 11. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT at Gates Sports Center in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Gary Sharp will have the radio call on 1620 The Zone. Fans can stream audio on their smartphones by downloading NRG Media’s app “1620 The Zone," and links to live video, audio and stats will be available on OMavs.com.

Quick Hits
•Omaha plays five of its eight final league games at home. Western Illinois is the only other team in the conference to play that many home games to close the regular season.
•Omaha has had at least one scorer tally 20+ points in nine of the last 10 games.
•Five UNO players average double-figure scoring: Marcus Tyus (16.7 ppg), Tre'Shawn Thurman (12.8 ppg), Tra-Deon Hollins (12.7 ppg), Mitch Hahn (11.1 ppg) and Zach Jackson (10.8 ppg). Tyus has scored in double digits in 11 consecutive games, the longest streak of any Maverick this season and the most since Thurman had 14 straight from Jan. 1 to Feb. 20, 2016.
•Tyus eclipsed 1,000 career points Jan. 4 vs. Fort Wayne, while Thurman passed the mark Jan. 28 vs. South Dakota State. They are the 37th and 38th 1,000-point scorers in program history, respectively.
•Thurman is also the 11th player in school history with at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.
•Omaha and South Dakota State are the only two squads in the Summit League with at least two 1,000-point scorers on the roster.
•Tyus averages 20.5 points per game in league play, which ranks third in the conference. In non-conference, he had averaged 13.2 points per game.
•Over the last six contests, Hollins has averaged 18.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 3.4 steals per game.
•Omaha has forced 15 or more turnovers 14 times this year.
•Omaha went 7-6 in non-conference play, marking its fourth straight season finishing .500 or better against non-conference opponents.
•Head coach Derrin Hansen has used three different lineups this season.
•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.
•Omaha was a perfect 10-0 when shooting 50 percent or better last year. This year, the Mavericks are 3-2.
•Nine different Mavericks have scored in double figures this season.
•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 Fort Wayne Mastodons
Fort Wayne enters the weekend with a record of 16-9 (5-6 Summit League) after a 93-82 loss to South Dakota on Wednesday. Bryson Scott led the Mastodons with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting with four 3-pointers.

Mo Evans is Fort Wayne's leading scorer with 17.4 points per game, which ranks fourth in the league, while Scott (16.4 ppg), John Konchar (14.3 ppg) and Kason Harrell (10.4 ppg) also average in double figures. In addition, Konchar's 9.0 rebounds per game lead the league.

Head coach Jon Coffman is in his third season at Fort Wayne, carrying a career record of 56-34.

Saturday's game marks the 12th meeting all-time between Omaha and Fort Wayne, with the Mastodons leading the series 9-2. Fort Wayne won this season's first matchup, 80-78 at Baxter Arena on Jan. 4, and also won the last meeting at Gates Sports Center, 94-90 on Feb. 20, 2016.

Last Time Out: Mavericks Fall 89-78 to IUPUI
Omaha trailed the entire 40 minutes Wednesday night, falling 89-78 to IUPUI at Baxter Arena. Senior guard Marcus Tyus registered his 10th scoring effort of 20 or more points this season, totaling a team-high 20 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and a 10-of-11 effort at the free throw line.

Senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins finished with 11 points and team highs of seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Sophomore forward Mitch Hahn tallied 12 points off the bench, and junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman added 10 more.

The Jaguars outshot Omaha 50.0 percent (29-of-58) to 47.8 percent (22-of-46) and hit 13 threes for the night. They also outrebounded the Mavericks 34-26 and capitalized on 18 Omaha turnovers with 26 points off miscues.

Hollins Adding Name to NCAA, Summit League Lists
Senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins is the NCAA's active career leader with 3.65 steals per game. He also has the third-most career steals of any active player nationally with 208, trailing only Tennessee State's Tahjere McCall (213) and Illinois State's Paris Lee (234). Additionally, Hollins is fifth among active players for career assists per game (6.40).

Hollins is 10th on the Summit League's all-time career steals list and one of 11 players in league history to pass the 200 steals plateau.

Spurring the Stretch
After starting Summit League play 0-3, Omaha has gone 6-3 over its last nine games with an average of 86.8 points per contest. Within that span, Omaha enjoyed a four-game win streak from Jan. 7-18, its longest of the season.

Over the last nine games, Omaha has been spurred by 21.6 points per game from a red-hot Marcus Tyus, who has shot .491 (27-of-55) from long range and collected six scoring efforts of 20+.

Tyus Joins 1,000 Point Club
Marcus Tyus entered the 2016-17 season having not played a game since Feb. 7, 2015, but the senior guard finally joined the prestigious 1,000-Point Club on Jan. 4 vs. Fort Wayne. Tyus was the 37th UNO player to reach the 1,000 points milestone, and over four active seasons (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2016-17), he has amassed 1,204 career points to rank 15th in school history. With 12 more points, he will pass former teammate Devin Patterson (2013-16), who had 1,215 points for 14th on the list.

Omaha’s active career leader for 3-pointers, Tyus is 10th on the triples chart. His career total of 149 sits just behind Alex Welhouse (2008-13), who had 151.

Tyus also ranks 15th in school history for career steals (115), just behind Tom Thompson (1984-88), who had 116.

History-Making Hollins
Senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins is Omaha’s all-time leader for both career and single-season steals. He joined the top 20 for career steals on Feb. 6, 2016 and finally claimed the career mark in his 52nd game as a Maverick, vs. Denver on Jan. 18, by passing Calvin Kapels (2002-06), who had 191. Hollins now has a career total of 208 swipes as he continues to add to his record mark.

Hollins’ 196 assists last season were the second-highest single-season mark in school history. He broke into the  top 20 for assists Nov. 19 vs. Rice and is now seventh all-time with 365, having passed CJ Carter (2011-15), who had 343. Hollins now trails Vernon Manning (1978-82), who had 406 for sixth.

Last season, Hollins claimed Omaha’s single-season steals record (then 81) vs. Fort Wayne on Jan. 16, 2016, 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, finishing with 23 points, 13 assists and eight steals against the Mastodons.

Tracking Tre’Shawn
Midway through the 2016-17 campaign, junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman sits at fifth on Omaha's career blocks list with 86. The Omaha Central product recently passed Levy Jones (2003-05) on the chart, who had 83, and his next hurdle is Frank Cypress (1993-95), who had 94.

Thurman inked his name in the Omaha record books for career rebounds earlier this season, joining the top 20 in school history on Dec. 21 at Pitt. He currently sits at 12th on the list with 560 boards, having passed Dennis Forrest (1973-77), who had 557. Thurman's next target is Calvin Kapels (2002-06), who grabbed 571.

Thurman is also the second Maverick this season to join the 1,000 Point Club, joining Marcus Tyus. Thurman became the 38th 1,000-point scorer in school history on Jan. 28 vs. South Dakota State, and he now owns 1,043 career points for 33rd all-time. Thurman needs six more points to pass Leonard Todd (1966-70), who had 1,048 for 32nd.

Road Warriors
Omaha has played 15 of its 25 games this season on the road and traveled 22,229 miles so far. The Mavericks had a challenging start to Summit League play, with four of their first five games away.

Senior guard Marcus Tyus has led the charge for Omaha in road battles with an average of 14.3 points per game, while junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman pulls down 8.0 rebounds and 12.9 points per game in those contests. On the road, Omaha averages 37.9 rebounds per game compared to 31.5 at Baxter Arena.

Stacking Up Nationally
As a team, Omaha ranks fourth nationally for free throws made (480), 11th for free throw attempts (638), 19th for scoring offense (82.8), 24th for total steals (197), 33rd for 3-point percentage (.388), 36th for free throw percentage (.752), 39th for steals per game (7.9) and 41st for 3-pointers made (222).

Individually, senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins is the nation's leader for total steals (81), as well as third for steals per game (3.2) and total assists (169) and sixth for assists per game (6.8).

League Leaders
As a team, Omaha leads the Summit League in free throws made per game (19.2), free throw attempts per game (25.5) and turnovers forced per game (15.0). Tra-Deon Hollins leads the way in steals (81) and assists (169).

Feelin’ Hahn, Hahn, Hahn
Sophomore forward Mitch Hahn is averaging 11.1 points per game this season -- the most of any Maverick coming off the bench -- and is second on the team with 44 3-pointers made. The Fremont, Neb., native scored in double figures in seven straight games from Jan. 7 to Feb. 1 and has eight games of 15+ points this season. In games when Hahn scores in double figures, Omaha is 10-6.

Hahn tallied a season-high 24 points Jan. 14 vs. Western Illinois, helped by his 6-of-8 showing from 3-point range. He also had a standout effort in his debut on 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 in 2009-10.

Looking to the Bench
Omaha’s bench outscored Buena Vista’s bench 60-28 on Nov. 22. The last time the Mavericks’ bench had 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 26.4 points per game by bench scorers, the second-highest of any Derrin Hansen-coached team. The highest average is courtesy of the 2013-14 squad, which had 26.6 bench points per game.

Over 12 league games this season, Omaha has held a 315-227 bench advantage.

Compared to the Opposition
Over its 25 contests this season, Omaha has:
    •More or equal field goals made compared to its opponent nine times
    •More or equal 3-point field goals made compared to its opponent 12 times
    •More or equal free throws made compared to its opponent 18 times
    •More or equal rebounds compared to its opponent 10 times
    •More or equal assists compared to its opponent 11 times
    •More or equal steals compared to its opponent 14 times
    •Fewer or equal turnovers compared to its opponent 12 times
    •More or equal blocks compared to its opponent 11 times

Omaha Overseas
Five former Mavericks have gone on to play professionally overseas in the last two years: forward Mike Rostampour (Slovakia/Canada), guards CJ Carter (Macedonia), Devin Patterson (Lithuania) and Tim Smallwood (Italy) and guard/forward Randy Reed II (Tunisia).

Carter and Rostampour, both 2014-15 graduates, won league championships with their respective teams last season. Carter’s MZT Skopje Aerodrom team captured the Prva Liga title, while Rostampour’s BC Prievidza squad won the Slovak Extraliga crown. Rostampour has since joined the Cape Breton Highlanders in the National Basketball League of Canada, having signed a contract in early January.

Three members of the 2015-16 graduating class have also signed professional contracts. Patterson joined the BC Šiauliai club, which plays in the Lithuanian Basketball League and Baltic Basketball League, while Reed signed with Jeunesse Sportive d’El Mensah in Tunisia’s Ligue 1. Smallwood signed most recently and joined Manerbio GoodBook in Italy's Serie C Gold league in late January.

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 145-182 over all teams on the regular-season slate.

Next Up
Omaha returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 16, hosting Oral Roberts. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Baxter Arena, and Gary Sharp and John Karhoff will have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.

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