All-Summit guard Marcus Tyus and the Omaha men's basketball team open the Summit League Tournament Sunday night vs. Fort...
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Omaha Set for Sunday's Summit League Quarterfinals

Omaha Athletics | March 03, 2017
This Weekend
The third-seeded Omaha men’s basketball team heads to the Summit League Basketball Championship this Sunday, March 5, facing No. 6 seed Fort Wayne in quarterfinal action. 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 13 of the last 14 games.
•Five UNO players average double-figure scoring: Marcus Tyus (17.6 ppg), Tre'Shawn Thurman (13.2 ppg), Tra-Deon Hollins (13.1 ppg), Mitch Hahn (11.4 ppg) and Zach Jackson (10.9 ppg). Tyus has scored in double digits in 15 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 and Thurman have both averaged over 20 points per game vs. Fort Wayne this season, with Tyus at 22.0 ppg and Thurman at 20.0 ppg, respectively. Thurman has also averaged 12.0 rebounds per game with two double-doubles against the Mastodons.
•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 averages 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 17.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 3.5 steals per game over the last 11 games.
•Thurman registered his team-best seventh double-double of the year -- and second straight -- Feb. 16 vs. Oral Roberts.
•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.

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.) - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 3 (Midco/ESPN3/WatchESPN)
Game 6 (8:30 p.m.) - Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4 (Midco/ESPN3/WatchESPN)

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

Summit League Fan Fest Debuts This Weekend in Sioux Falls
As part of this weekend's Summit League Basketball Championships, the Summit League will hold its inaugural Fan Fest during the first two days of the tournament. The fan event runs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. both Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 at the Sioux Falls Arena. Admission is free of charge, and attendees do not need a game ticket.

Fan Fest includes skill games (Pop-A-Shot, shooting contest stations, etc.), team pep rallies, photo opportunities with the championship trophies, school mascots and team jerseys, as well as coloring and inflatable games in The Kids Zone. Summit League merchandise will also be available for purchase.

Scouting the Fort Wayne Mastodons
No. 6 seed Fort Wayne enters the Summit League Tournament with a record of 19-11 (8-8 Summit League) after a 96-92 overtime win at Western Illinois on Feb. 25. Bryson Scott and Brent Calhoun each scored a team-leading 21 points, while Calhoun added 12 rebounds for a double-double.

John Konchar garnered his second straight first-team All-Summit award on Thursday, while Mo Evans was a second-team selection and Scott was named to the All-Newcomer Team. Evans is the Mastodons' leading scorer at 17.2 points per game, while Scott (16.7 ppg), Konchar (14.9 ppg) and Kason Harrell (10.6 ppg) also average in double figures. Konchar has pulled down 9.1 rebounds per game this season, which paces all league players.

Head coach Jon Coffman is in his third season at Fort Wayne, carrying a career record of 59-36.

Sunday's game marks the 11th meeting all-time between Omaha and Fort Wayne, with the Mastodons leading the series 10-2. Fort Wayne swept the regular-season series, 80-78 at Baxter Arena on Jan. 4, and 108-101 in overtime at Gates Sports Center on Feb. 11, and the Mastodons have taken four straight wins against the Mavericks.

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.

Tourney Time
Sunday marks Omaha's second appearance in as many years eligible for the Summit League Tournament. The Mavericks made their debut as the No. 3 seed in 2016, when they were bounced 78-70 in the quarterfinals by No. 6 seed Denver. Tra-Deon Hollins led the Mavericks in that game, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, eight assists, seven steals and two blocks.

Following the league tournament last season, Omaha went on to an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), falling 120-112 in the first round at Duquesne.

Last Time Out: Mavericks Upend North Dakota State, 96-92
Omaha withstood a late rally by North Dakota State Feb. 25 at Baxter Arena, upending the Bison 96-92 to secure a No. 3 seed for the Summit League Tournament. Senior Marcus Tyus, celebrating Senior Night with classmates Tra-Deon Hollins and Kyler Erickson, led a pack of six double-figure scorers for the Mavericks. Tyus finished with 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting and a 7-of-8 effort at the free throw line and added five rebounds and four assists.

Sophomore Mitch Hahn hit 7-of-10 from the field, including 5-of-7 from deep, for 19 points alongside four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Hollins was next with 17 points and team highs of eight boards, five assists, three steals and a block.

Sophomore Zach Jackson also had 11 points and four rebounds, while junior Tre'Shawn Thurman tallied 10 points and six rebounds, and junior Daniel Norl had another 10 points.

Omaha shot a blistering 57.6 percent (34-of-59) from the field and 52.7 percent (15-of-29) from three, while North Dakota State finished at 43.5 percent (30-of-69) from the floor and 29.0 percent (9-of-31) beyond the arc. The Bison had the edge on the glass, 34-32.

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 223, 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 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 Mavericks' Surge
After starting Summit League play 0-3, Omaha went 9-4 over its last 13 games of the regular season with an average of 88.1 points per contest. Within that span, Omaha enjoyed a four-game win streak from Jan. 7-18 -- its longest of the season -- and its current three-game win streak in place since Feb. 16.

Over the last 13 games, Omaha has been spurred by 22.1 points per game from a red-hot Marcus Tyus, who has shot .526 (41-of-78) 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 1,297 career points to rank 12th in school history. With 13 more points, he will pass Thor Palamore (1987-91), who had 1,309 points for 11th 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 223 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 390 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 the Summit League Tournament, he has 194 helpers in 2016-17, which is the third-highest single-season total at Omaha and just two off his sum from last year.

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
Midway through the 2016-17 campaign, junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman sits at fifth on Omaha's career blocks list with 88. 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 593 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 1,105 career points for 20th all-time. Thurman needs 20 more points to pass former Maverick and current assistant coach Tyler Bullock (2009-11), who had 1,124 for 19th.

Road Warriors
Omaha has played 17 of its 29 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 15.5 points per game, while junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman puts up 8.1 rebounds and 13.4 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), 17th for free throws made (549), 21st for steals per game (8.1), 29th for free throw attempts (733), 3-point percentage (.393) and 3-pointers per game (9.3), 32nd for total steals (234), 39th for free throw percentage (.749) and 48th for 3-pointers made (271).

Individually, senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins is the nation's leader for total steals (96), as well as third for steals per game (3.3), fifth for total assists (194) and sixth for assists per game (6.7).

League Leaders
As a team, Omaha leads the Summit League in free throws made per game (18.9), steals per game (8.1) and turnovers forced per game (14.9). Tra-Deon Hollins leads the way in steals (96) and assists (194).

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 52 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).

Previously, the Mavericks have had five double-figure scorers in a game five times this year.

Compared to the Opposition
Over its 29 contests this season, Omaha has:
    •More or equal field goals made compared to its opponent 10 times
    •More or equal 3-point field goals made compared to its opponent 15 times
    •More or equal free throws made compared to its opponent 21 times
    •More or equal rebounds compared to its opponent 12 times
    •More or equal assists compared to its opponent 14 times
    •More or equal steals compared to its opponent 17 times
    •Fewer or equal turnovers compared to its opponent 14 times
    •More or equal blocks compared to its opponent 11 times

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.

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 148-183 over all teams on the slate.



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