Okay, so that Air Force loss is depressing. If the Mavs drop 3 in a row with the 3rd being to Iowa Wesleyan, I may just punch a hole in a wall like Andy Bernard when Jim Halpert hides his ringing phone.
Per Gary Sharp’s radio call on Monday, Jake White could be back tonight for Iowa Wesleyan and if he won’t be back, then he’ll for sure be back for when the Mavs play UMKC. By the way, if you haven’t heard Gary Sharp say the word “Kangaroos”, then you will need to listen to the game. It’s entertaining enough just hearing him say it.
If not Jake White is not back, I’m sure Iowa Wesleyan won’t be much an issue. I mean, I’m sure they’re a great team in the…they’re in college, right? Last year the Mavs beat Iowa Wesleyan by 50. The Mavs with the most minutes against Iowa Wesleyan last year: Jalen Bradley and Simon Krych. I’m not sure if you’re aware, but they’re no longer with us. No starter played more than 14 minutes in that game.
So yeah, this is kind of like an exhibition, so it’s going to be a chance for opportunities to see what some of the younger guys can do. I just hope some guys that don’t regularly get playing time realize if they go to some school like Iowa Wesleyan that there would be statues built of them, to honor them as the greatest players in the history of the school. So this would be a good opportunity for Jake White to come back and get his feet wet. Is that a pun?
So yeah, freshmen Devin Newsome and Daniel Meyer should get those Simon Krych and Jalen Bradley minutes tonight. Randy Reed and Tim Smallwood should be able to get more shot attempts. Rylan Murry should have the green light to shoot from wherever he wants. It’s like you’re living in a fairy tale. I’m not saying that to try and put these dudes down, I’m saying that because I think we need to see what they can do. Derrin Hansen said before the season that they could have some issues in the beginning trying to figure out the bench minutes, so here is the chance for these guys to show off.
A random thought: It took Creighton two overtimes to beat South Dakota. I’m not sure how to feel about that. Is South Dakota that improved under Craig Smith? Or is scheduling UNO still “not the right time?”
Just a few pre-game notes for this game against Iowa Wesleyan
- Wesleyan’s biggest starter is 6’6″ and he averages 1.5ppg
- They do have a 6’2″ freshman guard who averages 11ppg
- Chris Martin, who starts for Wesleyan went to high school in Bellevue
- UNO’s returners last year vs. Iowa Wesleyan
- CJ Carter: 5 pts, 3 rebs, 5 asts, 2-2 fg
- Devin Patterson: 7 pts, 3 rebs, 2 asts, 3-6 fg
- Mike Rostampour: 13 pts, 8 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stl, 2 blks, 5-5 fg
- Marcus Tyus: 5 pts, 2 blks, 2-3 fg
- UNO’s bench last year outscored the starters 45-41
Some notes about D-1 Stats charts (I think I’m the only one that keeps track)
- Mike Rostampour needs 9 points to pass Caleb Steffensmeier for 9th most career points since transition
- Tre’Shawn Thurman needs 9 points to pass John Ring for 17th most career points since transition
- Mike Rostampour needs to out rebound CJ Carter by 2 rebounds to pass him for 4th most career rebounds since transition
- Tre’Shawn Thurman already has the most blocks by a freshman in a game or a season since transition (there were really only 3 freshman before this year to get significant playing time: CJ Carter, Marcus Tyus, Mitchell Farr)