Senior guard Marcus Tyus and the Omaha men's basketball team face IUPUI in the Summit League Championship Semifinals...
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Omaha to Meet IUPUI in First Summit Semifinals

Omaha Athletics | March 06, 2017
This Week
The third-seeded Omaha men’s basketball team faces No. 7 seed IUPUI in semifinal action at the Summit League Basketball Championship this Monday, March 6. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the game will be broadcast live on Midco and ESPN3. Gary Sharp and John Karhoff 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

Quick Hits
•Omaha has had at least one scorer tally 20+ points in 14 of the last 15 games.
•Five UNO players average double-figure scoring: Marcus Tyus (17.5 ppg), Tre'Shawn Thurman (13.5 ppg), Tra-Deon Hollins (13.1 ppg), Mitch Hahn (11.3 ppg) and Zach Jackson (10.9 ppg). Tyus has scored in double digits in 16 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 has averaged 16.5 points against IUPUI this season, while Thurman has 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
•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 Summit League squads with two 1,000-point scorers on the roster.
•Tyus has a team-leading 71 threes made this season, the most since Jeff Martin (98) in 2009-10 and the fifth-highest total in school history.
•Tyus averaged 21.2 points per game in league play, which ranks second in the conference. In non-conference, he had averaged 13.2 points per game.
•Hollins scored in double figures in nine straight contests from Jan. 14 to Feb. 16, and he has averaged 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 3.6 steals per game over the last 12 games.
•Thurman registered his team-best eighth double-double of the year March 5 vs. Fort Wayne.
•The Mavericks shot .380 in their win over Oral Roberts on Feb. 16. The last time Omaha won while shooting lower than .400 was Dec. 22, 2013 vs. Seattle (.379).
•Omaha has forced 15 or more turnovers 15 times this year.
•Omaha went 7-6 in non-conference play, marking its fourth straight season finishing .500 or better against non-conference opponents.
•Omaha was a perfect 10-0 when shooting 50 percent or better last year. This year, the Mavericks are 4-2.
•Nine different Mavericks have scored in double figures 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.

Scouting the IUPUI Jaguars
No. 7 seed IUPUI enters Monday's game with a record of 14-17 (7-9 Summit League) after a 76-57 upset of second-seeded North Dakota State on Saturday. Aaron Brennan recorded his first career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Darell Combs pitched in another 11 points.

Combs and Matt O'Leary both garnered All-Summit Honorable mention plaudits last week. Combs is the Jaguars' leading scorer at 16.6 points per game, while O'Leary (14.1 ppg also averages in double figures and owns a team-best 6.2 rebounds per game.

Head coach Jason Gardner is in his third season at IUPUI, carrying a career record of 37-57.

Monday's game marks the 11th meeting all-time between Omaha and IUPUI, with the Mavericks leading the series 7-3. The two teams split this year's regular-season series, with Omaha winning the first matchup in Indianapolis, 79-71 on Jan. 11, and IUPUI taking the second at Baxter Arena, 89-78 on Feb. 8.

2017 Summit League Men's Basketball Championship Field Set
The field is set for this weekend’s 2017 Summit League Men’s Basketball Championship, with eight teams competing March 4-7 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The tournament champion advances to the NCAA Tournament as the league’s automatic bid. Tickets for the event can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, online at or in person at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Box Office.

Saturday, March 4 • Quarterfinals
Game 1 (6 p.m.) - No. 1 South Dakota vs. No. 8 Western Illinois (Midco/ESPN3/WatchESPN)
Game 2 (8:30 p.m.) - No. 2 North Dakota State vs. No. 7 IUPUI (Midco/ESPN3/WatchESPN)

Sunday, March 5 • Quarterfinals
Game 3 (6 p.m.) - No. 4 South Dakota State vs. No. 5 Denver (Midco/ESPN3/WatchESPN)
Game 4 (8:30 p.m.) - No. 3 Omaha vs. No. 6 Fort Wayne (Midco/ESPN3/WatchESPN)

Monday, March 6 • Semifinals
Game 5 (6 p.m.) - No. 1 South Dakota vs. No. 4 South Dakota State (Midco/ESPN3/WatchESPN)
Game 6 (8:30 p.m.) - No. 7 IUPUI vs. No. 3 Omaha (Midco/ESPN3/WatchESPN)

Tuesday, March 7 (Championship)
Game 7 (8 p.m.) - Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 (ESPN2/WatchESPN)

Hollins Headlines Omaha's Summit League Hardware Haul
Four Mavericks -- senior guards Tra-Deon Hollins and Marcus Tyus, junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman and sophomore forward Mitch Hahn -- collected postseason accolades from The Summit League, the conference office announced Thursday.

Hollins was named to the All-Summit First Team and voted Summit League Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, while Tyus picked up his first all-league award in being named to the All-Summit Second Team. Thurman was selected Honorable Mention All-Summit, and Hahn earned a place on the Summit League All-Newcomer Team.

Since Omaha joined the Summit League in 2012-13, nine Mavericks have combined for 11 All-Summit awards.

Last Time Out: Comeback Win Over Fort Wayne Sends Omaha to Summit League Semifinals
Down 11 in the second half, the third-seeded Omaha men's basketball team rallied past No. 6 seed Fort Wayne Sunday night, 84-80 in the Summit League Tournament Quarterfinals. Junior Tre'Shawn Thurman tallied his team-leading eighth double-double of the season, scoring 23 points and hauling in 11 rebounds. Senior Tra-Deon Hollins also had a double-double -- his third -- with 13 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and four steals.

Senior Marcus Tyus and junior Daniel Norl each had 14 points apiece. Tyus added four rebounds and five assists and shot 10-of-11 from the free throw line, while Norl finished 4-of-7 from long range. Sophomore Zach Jackson rounded it out with 11 more points.

Hollins Adding Name to NCAA, Summit League Lists
Senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins is the NCAA's active career leader with 3.66 steals per game. He also has the second-most career steals of any active player nationally with 227, trailing only Illinois State's Paris Lee (244). Additionally, Hollins is fourth among active players for career assists per game (6.39), behind UCLA's Lonzo Ball (7.57), Ohio's Jaaron Simmons (7.37) and Creighton's Maurice Watson Jr. (6.73).

Hollins is sixth 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 Mavericks' Surge
After starting Summit League play 0-3, Omaha has gone 10-4 over its last 14 games of the regular season with an average of 87.8 points per contest. Within that span, Omaha enjoyed two season-long, four-game win streaks from Jan. 7-18 and Feb. 16 to now.

Over the last 14 games, Omaha has been spurred by 21.5 points per game from a red-hot Marcus Tyus, who has shot .513 (41-of-80) from long range and collected eight 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 1,311 career points to rank 11th in school history. With 37 more points, he will pass John Karhoff (2010-14), who had 1,348 points for 10th on the list.

Omaha’s active career leader for 3-pointers, Tyus is eighth on the triples chart. With his career total of 161 threes, he sits just behind Andrew Bridger (2006-10), who had 164.

Tyus also ranks 14th in school history for career steals (119), just behind Mike Simons (1996-99), who had 121.

The Chief Thief
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 227 swipes as he continues to add to his record mark.

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.

Hollins' record setting extends to the Summit League books as well, where he owns the league's single-season mark (127) and the career steals per game record (3.66).

A Helping Hand From Hollins
Senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins broke into Omaha's top 20 for assists Nov. 19 vs. Rice. He is now seventh all-time with 400 after passing  CJ Carter (2011-15), who had 343, and trails Vernon Manning (1978-82), who had 406 for sixth.

In 2015-16, Hollins’ 196 assists were the second-highest single-season mark in school history. Entering Monday's game, he has 204 helpers in 2016-17, which is the second-highest single-season total at Omaha and eight more than he had last year. Hollins is just 12 assists from breaking Omaha's single-season record set by Paul Potter (1976-77), who had 215.

Within the frame of Summit League history, Hollins' 6.39 assists per game for his career is the third-most of any league player.

Tracking Tre’Shawn
Through the 2016-17 campaign, junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman sits at fifth on Omaha's career blocks list with 89. 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 ninth on the list with 604 boards, having passed Bryan Muellner, (1985-89), who had 587. Thurman's next target is Terry Sodawasser (1981-85), who grabbed 625.

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 1,128 career points for 18th all-time. Thurman needs 33 more points to pass Art Allen (1968-71), who had 1,160 for 17th.

Road Warriors
Omaha has played 18 of its 30 games this season on the road and traveled 24,563 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 15.4 points per game, while junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman puts up 8.2 rebounds and 13.9 points per game in those contests. On the road, Omaha averages 37.8 rebounds per game compared to 32.8 at Baxter Arena.

Stacking Up Nationally
As a team, Omaha ranks 14th nationally for scoring offense (83.9), 20th for free throws made (564), 23rd for 3-point percentage (.393), 25th for steals per game (8.0), 29th for 3-pointers per game (9.4) and free throw attempts (751), 33rd for total steals (239), 36th for free throw percentage (.751) and 43rd for 3-pointers made (282).

Individually, senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins is the nation's leader for total steals (100), as well as third for steals per game (3.33) and fifth for total assists (204) and assists per game (6.8).

League Leaders
As a team, Omaha leads the Summit League in free throws made per game (18.8) and turnovers forced per game (14.9). Tra-Deon Hollins leads the way in steals (100) and assists (204).

Feelin’ Hahn, Hahn, Hahn
Sophomore forward Mitch Hahn is averaging 11.3 points per game this season -- the most of any Maverick coming off the bench -- and is second on the team with 54 3-pointers made. In his first active season at Omaha, he was named to the Summit League All-Newcomer Team.

A native of Fremont, Neb., Hahn scored in double figures in seven straight games from Jan. 7 to Feb. 1 and has 10 games of 15+ points this season. In games when he scores in double figures, Omaha is 11-7.

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
Six Mavericks scored in double figures Feb. 25 vs. North Dakota State, the first time that has happened this season. Senior guard Marcus Tyus led the way with 27 points, followed by sophomore forward Mitch Hahn (19), senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins (17), sophomore guard Zach Jackson (11), junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman (10) and junior guard Daniel Norl (10).

The Mavericks have also had five double-figure scorers in a game six times this year, most recently on March 5 vs. Fort Wayne.

Double the Trouble, Double the Fun
Junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman (23 points/11 rebounds) and senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins (13 points/10 assists) both had double-doubles March 4 vs. Fort Wayne in the Summit League Tournament Quarterfinals. It marked the second time this season UNO has had two double-doubles in a single-game.

The duo out of Omaha Central previously both had double-doubles Dec. 18 vs. Cal State Fullerton, with Hollins at 20 points/10 assists and Thurman at 15 points/12 rebounds.

In 2015-16, Omaha had three such showings, with double-doubles from two Mavericks vs. Fort Wayne (Jan. 16, 2016), vs. Simpson (Dec. 16, 2015) and vs. Eastern Michigan (Dec. 1, 2015).

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 26.0 points per game by bench scorers, which is the second-highest of any Derrin Hansen-coached team. The figure is just behind the 2013-14 squad, which also had 26.6 bench points per game.

Over 16 league games this season, Omaha has held a 411-307 bench advantage.

Compared to the Opposition
Over its 30 contests this season, Omaha has:
    •More or equal field goals made compared to its opponent 11 times
    •More or equal 3-point field goals made compared to its opponent 16 times
    •More or equal free throws made compared to its opponent 21 times
    •More or equal rebounds compared to its opponent 13 times
    •More or equal assists compared to its opponent 15 times
    •More or equal steals compared to its opponent 17 times
    •Fewer or equal turnovers compared to its opponent 15 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 eight times this season. He posted a season-high 14 points vs. Fort Wayne on March 5, hitting 4-of-7 from long range. Norl has had 10 performances with at least two 3-pointers this year.

2016-17 Slate = Tough Test for Mavericks
Omaha’s 2016-17 schedule includes at least 30 games, and the team has played 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 featured four opponents the Mavericks had never faced: USC, Rice, Cal State Fullerton and Pitt. They now hold a combined all-time record of 149-183 over all teams on the slate.



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