Published Friday, January 25, 2013 AT 7:44 PM / Updated at 7:47 PM
Men’s basketball: UNO at UMKC
Rob White Omaha World-Herald

When: 5:15 p.m. Saturday
Where: Swinney Recreation Center, Kansas City
Radio: 1620 AM KOZN

UNO (6-16, 3-6)
F Alex Welhouse, 6-7, Sr. , 8.0
F John Karhoff, 6-8, Jr. , 12.0
G Alex Phillips, 6-3, Jr. , 8.7
G Justin Simmons, 6-3, Jr. , 15.3
G CJ Carter, 6-0, So. , 9.1

UMKC (6-15, 3-5)
F Trinity Hall, 6-7, Jr. , 5.2
F Kirk Korver, 6-7, Jr. , 6.6
C Fred Chatmon, 6-9, Jr. , 7.1
G Estan Tyler, 6-1, So. , 11.7
G Aaron Washington, 6-0, Jr. , 3.3

Scouting UNO: The Mavericks are in seventh place in the nine-team Summit League at 3-6, but are one game behind fifth-place South Dakota (4-5) and 1 1⁄2 games behind fourth-place Oakland (4-4). UMKC (3-5) is in sixth, a half-game ahead of UNO. UNO beat the Kangaroos 77-65 in Ralston on Dec. 31. Justin Simmons, averaging 20.6 points in his last 10 games after getting 26 in Thursday’s win at South Dakota, is fifth in the Summit in scoring at 15.3 points per game. In league-only games, he’s third at 18.3 per game, trailing Oakland sharpshooter Travis Bader and NBA prospect Nate Wolters of South Dakota State. Thursday’s win at South Dakota broke a 14-game skid in true road games and was UNO’s first win on the road against a Division I foe in 20 games, dating to the 77-72 win at Northern Illinois last season. UNO’s 13 3-pointers against the Coyotes are the most since it made 13 against Missouri Southern in its final game in Division II on March 5, 2011. The Mavs are shooting 48.8 percent from the field in league games and 46.3 percent overall, both third best in the Summit. CJ Carter has scored in double figures in eight of the last 10 games, averaging 13.1 points. He had 26 in the first meeting with UMKC. John Karhoff has also scored double figures in eight of 10, posting averages of 13.7 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Scouting UMKC: UMKC led Houston Baptist (5-14) 50-39 with 13:59 to go but lost 63-61 Tuesday at home. Houston Baptist had lost eight straight games. Trinity Hall, a preseason honors candidate who didn’t play against UNO because of a hand injury and has missed eight games in all, returned to the lineup Jan. 17. Fred Chatmon had 17 rebounds against Houston Baptist and averages 7.8 per game for the season, third best in the Summit. UMKC had lost nine straight before winning at South Dakota on Jan. 12. They’ve split their last four. Thomas Staton, a 6-foot-6 senior, typically comes off the bench and is second on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game, including 13.9 per game in league play. He scored 23 against UNO. Another usual backup, Nelson Kirksey, is third on the team in scoring at 7.6 per game. Still another sometimes reserve, DePaul transfer Nate Rogers, is fifth in scoring at 6.9. Guard Aaron Washington, a junior college transfer, joined the team in January and has played six games, starting five. UMKC has lost eight straight home games. Six players have sat out at least one game due to injury this month. Estan Tyler (50 percent) and Staton (47.2) rank second and third in the Summit in 3-point shooting.

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.