Published Wednesday, February 6, 2013 AT 9:30 PM / Updated at 1:38 AM
Men’s basketball: UNO at Western Illinois
Rob White Omaha World-Herald

When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Western Hall, Macomb., Ill.

UNO (8-17, 5-7)
F Alex Welhouse, 6-7, Sr., 8.0
F John Karhoff, 6-8, Jr., 12.2
G Alex Phillips, 6-3, Jr., 8.7
G Justin Simmons, 6-3, Jr., 16.2
G CJ Carter, 6-0, So., 9.6

WESTERN ILLINOIS (17-5, 9-2)
F Adam Link, 6-6, Jr., 9.4
F Jack Houpt, 6-7, Sr., 7.7
C Terell Parks, 6-8, Sr., 12.9
G Ceola Clark, 6-3, Sr., 11.6
G Remy Roberts-Burnett, 6-0, So., 6.6

Scouting UNO: UNO has shot 50 percent or better from the field in seven of its last nine games, connecting on 53.3 percent overall. Over the last 10 games, while going 5-5, UNO has shot 52.8 percent. for the season, the Mavs are second in the Summit League in field goal percentage at 47.2 — which is tied for 29th in the country. … Justin Simmons has topped 20 points in four straight games (averaging 23.8) and has scored in double figures in 13 straight games while averaging 21.0. His season average of 16.2 ranks fourth in the Summit, while his 19.5 average in league games ranks third. … UNO is in fifth place in the Summit, a half-game ahead of South Dakota.

Scouting Western Illinois: The Leathernecks won the first game between the teams this season 89-74 on Jan. 12 at the Ralston Arena. Western Illinois held UNO to 44.4 percent shooting, the Mavs’ worst performance in their last 10 games. UNO’s 74 points are the most WIU has allowed all season. … Western Illinois ranks fourth in the country in allowing just 52.5 points per game, and ranks 34th in both field goal percentage (.468) and field goal percentage defense (.389). … Terell Parks averages a Summit League-best 9.2 rebounds per game. He’s among the national top 40 in rebounds (39th), field goal percentage (27th, at .560), blocked shots (22nd, at 2.7 per game) and double-doubles (17th, with nine). … WIU is ranked No. 20 in the CollegeInsider.com mid-major top 25.

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.