Published Friday, January 4, 2013 AT 8:54 PM / Updated at 8:54 PM
Men’s basketball: UNO at IPFW
Rob White Omaha World-Herald

When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

UNO (4-13, 1-4)
F Alex Welhouse, 6-7, Sr. , 7.8
F John Karhoff, 6-8, Jr. , 11.6
G Alex Phillips, 6-3, Jr. , 8.6
G Justin Simmons, 6-3, Jr. , 14.0
G CJ Carter, 6-0, So., 7.4

IPFW (7-9, 0-2)
F Joe Reed, 6-7, Fr. , 3.5
F Luis Jacobo, 6-5, Jr. , 10.3
C Michael Kibiloski, 6-7, Jr. , 6.0
G Frank Gaines, 6-3, Sr. , 18.8
G Isaiah McCray, 6-0, So. , 5.8

Scouting UNO: The Mavericks are 21 for 44 (47.7 percent) from 3-point range in the past two games to improve to 36.1 percent for the season, fourth-best in the Summit League. UNO also is fourth in field-goal percentage at .442. In his last five games, Justin Simmons is averaging 21.2 points. In the past two games, he’s averaged 22.0 points while making 9 of 17 (52.9 percent) from beyond the arc. He’s seventh in the Summit in scoring at 14.0 per game, and in league games he’s seventh at 16.2. In his last four games, senior Alex Welhouse has hit 10 of 18 (55.6 percent) from 3 while averaging 9.5 points. Welhouse is ninth in the Summit in 3-point shooting at 41.8 percent. During his last five games, center John Karhoff is averaging 14.2 points. He’s shot 52 percent (26 for 50) from the field in his last four.

Scouting IPFW: All-league wing Frank Gaines is third in the Summit at 18.8 points per game. Last year, he ranked ninth in the country with an average of 21.2. Mario Hines, a 6-foot-8 senior, averages 8.9 points and team highs of 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. He’s started 14 of IPFW’s 16 games. The Mastodons overcame a 15-point, second-half deficit to beat UNO 83-80 in overtime last year in Omaha. They also beat the Mavs 83-72 in Fort Wayne. Earlier this season, Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne beat Texas-Pan American 97-94 in three overtimes. UNO lost to UTPA 80-72. IPFW’s losses include a 74-62 setback at No. 22 Notre Dame on Dec. 17. Guard Kevin Harden, averaging 6.3 points, has missed the past four games because of injury. IPFW is last in the Summit in field goal percentage (.408), 3-point percentage (.314) and free-throw percentage (.632), but is first in rebound margin (plus-4.6) and second in steals (8.5).

About Rob White

Rob White is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers UNO and the Omaha Storm Chasers. You can follow Rob on Twitter (@RWhiteOWH) or email him at rob.white@owh.com.