Nebraska Omaha (1-2) at Tulane (1-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 16, 1:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Devlin Fieldhouse (3,600) -- New Orleans, Louisiana. Television: None. Home Record: UNO 1-1, Tulane 1-0. Away Record: UNO 0-1, Tulane 0-1. Neutral Record: UNO 0-0, Tulane 0-0. Conference Record: UNO 0-0, Tulane 0-0. Series Record: First meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Nebraska Omaha Mavericks look to end their early two-game losing slide as they head to the Big Easy to take on the Tulane Green Wave in a game that is part of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic at Devlin Fieldhouse.
This will be the first meeting between these schools on the basketball court.
UNO dropped to 1-2 its last time out as it was defeated 91-63 by the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock. The Mavericks trailed by only six at halftime, but TTU held the to 1-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc after the break to run away with the contest. UNO defeated a Division I opponent for the first time in school history with a 77-64 win over Northern Illinois, but then it was defeated in a 96-86 final by NAIA foe St. Mary's- Kansas its second time out. The Mavericks are now in their second season as a member at the Division I level, and in their first year as members of the Summit League. They will not be eligible for the conference or NCAA Tournament until 2015-16. Derrin Hansen is in his eighth year as the program's head coach, and has amassed a 122-88 overall record.
Ed Conroy's squad rebounded from its season-opening 79-61 loss to Georgia Tech with a 65-55 triumph over Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday. The Green Wave trailed for most of the first half and shot just 32.7 percent from the field against Bethune-Cookman, but managed to win by double-digits with a 28-of-35 shooting clip at the charity stripe.
The Mavericks shot a decent 46.4 percent from the field against the Red Raiders, but they turned the ball over 17 times and trailed 48-27 in the rebounding battle. Center John Karhoff is pacing the team with 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest through three games. Junior guard Justin Simmons led the team in scoring with 13 pints on 5-of-8 shooting his last time out while forward Alex Welhouse hit a pair of treys on his way to 10 points. Sophomore point guard C.J. Carter showed he is a talented slasher by scoring a team-high 16 points versus NIU, but he has produced only 10 total points in two games since.
Tulane's high-scoring one-two punch of Ricky Tarrant and Josh Davis will be very difficult for Omaha to contain. Tarrant is coming off a strong performance in which he scored a game-high 21 points and added four assists to push the Green Wave past Bethune-Cookman. The sophomore guard did enough last season as a rookie to be named to the 2012-2013 Preseason All-Conference USA First Team. Davis, who started 31 games at forward for Tulane in 2011-2012, began his junior campaign with a 27-point outing at Georgia Tech. The NC State transfer provided 14 points and nine rebounds in the win over Bethune-Cookman. Conroy has not seen too much production out of any of his role players so far, but Kendall Timmons and Tre Drye are both capable of making an impact.
UNO is a huge underdog on the road in this one. The Mavericks are going to take their fair share of beatings this season while trying to adapt to the higher level of competition. The Green Wave have not been outstanding in recent years, but they are solid enough to fend off the Mavericks.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tulane 76, Nebraska Omaha 58
11/16 10:32:49 ET