By Alex Abler
The Omaha News
The Omaha men’s basketball team is making waves in the Summit League Conference. From first standing to third after a tough stretch of road games, the Omaha Mavericks are beginning to tighten their grip after their wins at home against South Dakota State and North Dakota State.
University of Nebraska at Omaha Head Coach Derrin Hansen said his team has always fought through the tough games.
“They have been resilient and looked at the next game and played well,” Hansen said.
Two years ago, the Mavericks made it to the College Insiders tournament. The Mavericks are entering their first season of Division 1 post-season eligibility. Hansen said the biggest difference between the CIT and NIT is NCAA is funding.
“The NIT is owned by the NCAA, the CIT and CBI tournaments are all privately funded,” Hansen said.
Senior Forward and Wichita State transfer, Jake White said it would mean a lot to him and his team to make it to a post-season tournament.
“I absolutely love March Madness, with the new guys it’s all about building chemistry. That’s been the number one goal is to go to the NCAA tournament because there’s nothing else like it,” Hansen said.
The Mavericks have three games left, two on the road, but they come back Thursday for senior night at the Baxter Arena against Oral Roberts.