Senior guard Marcus Tyus and the Mavericks host Oral Roberts at Baxter Arena Thursday night.
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Omaha Tangles With Oral Roberts Thursday

Omaha Athletics | February 15, 2017
This Week
The Omaha men’s basketball team plays one game this week, welcoming Oral Roberts on Thursday, Feb. 16. 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. 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

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 10 of the last 11 games.
•Five UNO players average double-figure scoring: Marcus Tyus (16.8 ppg), Tre'Shawn Thurman (13.3 ppg), Tra-Deon Hollins (12.8 ppg), Mitch Hahn (11.4 ppg) and Zach Jackson (10.8 ppg). Tyus has scored in double digits in 12 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, South Dakota State and North Dakota State are the only three squads in the Summit League to count two 1,000-point scorers on the roster.
•Tyus averages 20.4 points per game in league play, which ranks third in the conference. In non-conference, he had averaged 13.2 points per game.
•Hollins has scored in double figures in eight straight contests and averaged 17.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 3.3 steals per game in that span.
•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 sixth double-double of the year Feb. 11 at Fort Wayne.

Scouting the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
Oral Roberts enters the weekend with a record of 8-19 (4-9 Summit League) after a 74-68 win at IUPUI last Saturday. Aaron Anderson scored a game-high 18 points and added six rebounds, four assists and a block.

Albert Owens is Oral Roberts' leading scorer with 17.0 points per game, while Kris Martin (14.1 ppg) and Jalen Bradley (14.0 ppg) also average in double figures. Owens has averaged 19.8 points per game in Summit League play, which ranks fourth in the league, just behind UNO's Marcus Tyus.

Head coach Scott Sutton is in his 18th season at ORU, carrying a career record of 328-244.

Thursday's game marks the eighth meeting all-time between Omaha and Oral Roberts, with the Golden Eagles leading the series 5-2. ORU won this season's first matchup, 103-86 on Jan. 21 in Tulsa, Okla., while Omaha won the last meeting at Baxter Arena, 102-98 on Feb. 25, 2016.

Last Time Out: Omaha Falls 108-101 in Wild Overtime Affair at Fort Wayne
It was a game of scoring runs last Saturday night, but Omaha fell short in a 108-101 overtime loss to Fort Wayne at Gates Sports Center. Junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman led five double-figure scorers for the Mavericks, posting his team-leading sixth double-double of the season. The Omaha native exploded for team highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds, marking his fourth 20-point scoring effort this year.

Senior guard Marcus Tyus added 19 points with three rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks, shooting 3-of-5 from deep and a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. Sophomore forward Mitch Hahn also canned a trio of 3-pointers to finish with 17 points, eight boards, an assist and a block.

Senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins added 15 points with three more 3-pointers alongside three rebounds, a game-high seven assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Zach Jackson rounded it out with 10 points, two caroms and two assists.

Fort Wayne, which celebrated Homecoming with a sellout crowd of 1,832, also had five scorers in double digits and got double-doubles from John Konchar (20 points/16 rebounds) and Brent Calhoun (17 points/11 rebounds).

As a team, Fort Wayne outshot Omaha 49.4 percent (39-of-79) to 42.1 percent (32-of-76) from the floor and 38.1 percent (16-of-42) to 33.3 percent (13-of-39) beyond the arc. The Mavericks had the edge at the free throw line, 82.8 percent (24-of-29) to 63.6 percent (14-of-22), and on the glass, 48-44.

Hollins Adding Name to NCAA, Summit League Lists
Senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins is the NCAA's active career leader with 3.62 steals per game. He also has the third-most career steals of any active player nationally with 210, trailing only Tennessee State's Tahjere McCall (213) and Illinois State's Paris Lee (238). Additionally, Hollins is fifth among active players for career assists per game (6.41).

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

The Last 10
After starting Summit League play 0-3, Omaha has gone 6-4 over its last 10 games with an average of 88.2 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 10 games, Omaha has been spurred by 21.3 points per game from a red-hot Marcus Tyus, who has shot .500 (30-of-60) 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 1,223 career points to rank 14th in school history. With 31 more points, he will pass Bob Mackie (1951-55), who had 1,254 points for 13th on the list.

Omaha’s active career leader for 3-pointers, Tyus is ninth on the triples chart. His career total of 152 sits just behind Michael Jenkins (2005-09), who had 161.

Tyus also ranks 14th in school history for career steals (118), just behind Mike Simons (1996-99), who had 121.

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 210 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 372, 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 11th on the list with 574 boards, having passed Calvin Kapels (2002-06), who had 571. Thurman's next target is Tola Dada (2000-04), who grabbed 583.

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 1,067 career points for 28th all-time. Thurman needs four more points to pass Don Claussen (1950-54), who had 1,070 for 27th.

Road Warriors
Omaha has played 16 of its 26 games this season on the road and traveled 23,375 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 14.6 points per game, while junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman puts up 8.4 rebounds and 13.6points per game in those contests. On the road, Omaha averages 38.6 rebounds per game compared to 31.5 at Baxter Arena.

Stacking Up Nationally
As a team, Omaha ranks fifth nationally for free throw made (504), eighth for free throw attempts (667), 17th for scoring offense (83.5), 26th for total steals (204), 30th for free throw percentage (.756), 34th for 3-pointers made (235), 36th for steals per game (7.8), 39th for 3-point percentage (.385) and 41st for 3-pointers made per game (9.0).

Individually, senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins is the nation's leader for total steals (83), third for steals per game (3.2) and total assists (176) and sixth for assists per game (6.8).

League Leaders
As a team, Omaha leads the Summit League in free throws made per game (19.5), free throw attempts per game (25.5) and turnovers forced per game (14.8). Tra-Deon Hollins leads the way in steals (83) and assists (176).

Feelin’ Hahn, Hahn, Hahn
Sophomore forward Mitch Hahn is averaging 11.4 points per game this season -- the most of any Maverick coming off the bench -- and is second on the team with 47 3-pointers made. The Fremont, Neb., native scored in double figures in seven straight games from Jan. 7 to Feb. 1 and has nine games of 15+ points this season. In games when Hahn scores in double figures, Omaha is 10-7.

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.

Doubling Down
Five Mavericks scored in double figures Feb. 11 at Fort Wayne, the fourth time that has happened this season. Junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman led the way with 24 points, followed by senior guard Marcus Tyus (19), sophomore forward Mitch Hahn (17), senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins (15) and sophomore guard Zach Jackson (10).

In 2015-16, Omaha had five or more double-figure scorers seven times.

Home Sweet Homaha
Omaha has a record of 6-4 at home this season, and the Mavericks have averaged 91.2 points per game with a 15.0 margin of victory at Baxter Arena. Senior guard Marcus Tyus has averaged 20.2 points per game and shoots .509 (27-of-53) from distance on his home floor.

Solid at the Stripe
Omaha has been strong at the free throw line this season, hitting at a .756 clip. The Mavericks have shot over .700 18 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).

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 26.6 points per game by bench scorers, which ties for the highest of any Derrin Hansen-coached team. The figure matches the 2013-14 squad, which also had 26.6 bench points per game.

Over 13 league games this season, Omaha has held a 346-237 bench advantage.

Hitting the Century Mark
Omaha hit the century mark for the third time this season in its 108-101 overtime loss at Fort Wayne on Feb. 11. Over the 12-year Derrin Hansen era, the Mavericks are 20-3 when scoring 100 points or more in a game.

Compared to the Opposition
Over its 26 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 19 times
    •More or equal rebounds compared to its opponent 11 times
    •More or equal assists compared to its opponent 11 times
    •More or equal steals compared to its opponent 15 times
    •Fewer or equal turnovers compared to its opponent 12 times
    •More or equal blocks compared to its opponent 11 times

Norl Notches in Double Figures
Junior guard Daniel Norl, a transfer from Mineral Area CC who began his collegiate career at Eastern Kentucky in 2014-15, has scored in double figures off the bench five times this season. He posted a season-high 12 points at Oral Roberts on Jan. 21, shooting 5-for-7 in the game with pair of threes, then matched that with another 12 points vs. South Dakota on Feb. 1. Norl has had seven performances with at least two 3-pointers this year.

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 145-183 over all teams on the regular-season slate.

Next Up
Omaha returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 22, visiting Denver. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CT at Magness Arena in Denver, Colo., and the game will be broadcast live on Altitude. Gary Sharp will have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2, and links to live stats, audio and video will be available on



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