Western Illinois (10-2, 1-0) vs. Nebraska Omaha (1-11, 0-1)
Baxter Arena, Omaha, Nebraska; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two junior guards will be on display as Trenton Massner and Western Illinois will go up against Felix Lemetti and Nebraska Omaha. Massner is averaging 18 points over the last five games. Lemetti is averaging 14 points over the last five games.
STEPPING UP: The Leathernecks have been led by Massner and Will Carius. Massner is averaging 15.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and four assists while Carius is accounting for 17.6 points per game. The Mavericks have been led by juniors Lemetti and Kyle Luedtke. Lemetti has accounted for 9.6 points while Luedtke has averaged 8.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.MIGHTY MASSNER: Massner has connected on 42 percent of the 50 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 14 over the last three games. He’s also made 66.7 percent of his foul shots this season.
COLD SPELL: Nebraska Omaha has lost its last five home games, scoring an average of 72.4 points while giving up 82.4.
ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Mavericks have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Leathernecks. Nebraska Omaha has an assist on 44 of 73 field goals (60.3 percent) across its previous three contests while Western Illinois has assists on 40 of 82 field goals (48.8 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The Western Illinois offense has scored 82.1 points per game this season, ranking the Leathernecks 18th among Division I teams. The Nebraska Omaha defense has allowed 80.5 points per game to opponents (ranked 273rd overall).
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