When the college basketball season tipped off last weekend, the UNO men's basketball team stepped into the big time. Like the rest of the university's athletic programs, men's basketball is entering its first season in Division I competition.
After making new head coach Chance Lindley's debut at Sapp Field House a successful one, the UNO women's basketball team took to the road for games last Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The three-game stretch included a matchup with #14 Kentucky, a trip to Division II West Vi
The women's basketball team fell just short of another massive upset Saturday at Sapp Fieldhouse, losing 62-57 to No. 20 Emporia State.
The UNO women's basketball team earned their first-ever Division I win on the road at Western Illinois two months ago. Junior guard Jamie Nash led the way, scoring 17 of the 25 points that came off the Maverick bench.
UNO men's basketball is last in The Summit League in team defense, allowing 83 points per game. That stat reared its ugly head again in an 84-79 loss Saturday night at Cal State Bakersfield.
A year after Omaha dropped two games to the Roadrunners in 13 days, the Mavs again came up short against Bakersfield. The Roadrunners shot more than 15 points higher than their season average while improving their record to 7-13.
UNO dropped to 5-16 (2-6 Summit League) and allowed Bakersfield to make 53.8 percent of their shots. The Mavs shot an equally impressive 50.8 percent, but came up just short at the end of the game.
After suffering consecutive losses for the first time all season, the UNO women's basketball team returned to action last week, winning games against Sioux Falls and Dallas Christian while losing on the road to Missouri-Kansas City. After going 2-1 last week, the Mavs are now 11-8, but just 1-7 against Division I opponents following the 64-74 loss at UMKC.
Last Wednesday the UNO men's basketball team played their final game at the Sapp Fieldhouse before moving to the Ralston Sports and Event Center next season. Alumni were in town to be honored and in-state rival Nebraska-Kearney was on the court trying to ruin all the festivities.
All the anticipation for men's basketball's first home game at the new Ralston Arena came to fruition Friday night. It took UNO a little getting used to the new house but the Mavs went away a winner 77-64.