University of Nebraska at Omaha basketball players like John Karhoff, C.J. Carter, Caleb Steffensmeier and others competed in the league this summer alongside players and teams that have played at various levels around the world, but all who have roots back to Omaha.
Junior guard Justin Simmons has filled a role the Mavs have so desperately needed in 2012/13. The graduation of former leading scorer Mitch Albers left the team without a reliable scorer.
But Simmons has picked up the slack, averaging 14.6 points on the season and 20.5 in his last eight games. Some of that scoring success can be attributed to improving his 3-point shot, something Simmons has been focusing on lately.
Simmons changed his shot back to the form he developed his last year in junior college.
Last week's scandal at Penn St. aroused strong emotions in a lot of people - horror, sadness, disappointment, disgust, anger, embarrassment. Yet the most natural reaction that seemed to come out of the shocking revelations was confusion.
Pack running will be the strategic focus for the team and that's how they hope to bring in most of their points. A strategy that many teams use to help one another and when there is no definitive lead runner.
Heartbreak has become a theme of the UNO hockey season over the last few weeks. It seemed appropriate then that the Mavs would have their season end on a goal in a tie game with just 42 seconds remaining in the third period.
In the first round of what promises to be a budding cross-town rivalry, UNO took the first shot and defeated Creighton 3-2 before 4,224 at TD Ameritrade Park Tuesday evening. Playing in Omaha for just the second time all season, the Mavs rode strong pitching performances from starter Matt Tew and reliever Curtis Smith to get the win.
Mitch Albers sank a 55-foot half-court shot as time expired and UNO escaped Warrensburg, Mo. with an 81-79 victory over the Central Missouri Mules on Saturday night.
The decision to recommend reclassifying UNO to Division I athletics to the Board of Regents was based on financial sustainability, said UNO Chancellor John Christensen. The proposed move would eliminate football and wrestling.