The Trae Young Era Begins
WHO: Omaha Mavericks (0-1)
WHEN: Sunday, November 12th @ 2:00 PM CT
WHERE: Norman, Oklahoma
HOW TO WATCH: Fox Sports Oklahoma
SCOUTING Omaha: The Trae Young Era is set to begin today when Oklahoma takes on Omaha. The Mavericks already have a game under their belt in a loss to Montana State. They are coming off an 18-14 season that saw them make a run at the NCAA Tournament during the Summit League Conference Tournament as they were beat out in the semifinals. Unfortunately for Omaha, they do not return a single starter from last year’s team.
In the loss to Montana State, senior guard Daniel Norl was a bright spot with 29 points on 13/18 shooting. Norl played just over 15 minutes per game in 2016-2017 and averaged just over five points per game. Mitch Hahn is the other impact returner from last year’s team as he averaged 11.7 points per game in 26.7 minutes per game. Hahn had a slow first night with only 12 points, but he did have a double-double with ten rebounds. The Mavericks were a up-tempo team a year ago averaging 83.9 points per game, and are expected to do the same this year. The Sooners’ defense has struggled guarding the three in transition in their exhibition games, and it will be key for them to get back on defense again today.
Oklahoma is 6-0 in season openers under Lon Kruger. In addition, the Sooners have won 19 consecutive season openers that have been played at the Lloyd Noble Center. This game should be no different as Oklahoma has continued to show signs of progress on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Look for the offense to continue to lean on freshman Trae Young and Christian James. The two have led Oklahoma in scoring through the two public exhibition games leading up to the season. Oklahoma has more talent and athleticism than Omaha, and should be able to take care of business.