A little more than 48 hours.
That's the time the University of Nebraska at Omaha has had to shake off a disappointing start to the home portion of its Summit League schedule.
That's the time the Mavericks have to get ready to play with an effort level they find more acceptable.
Two days after Saturday's 95-72 loss to South Dakota, UNO takes to the floor again at the Ralston Arena against a Missouri-Kansas City team that pushed No. 25 Kansas State to the finish in a 52-44 loss Saturday night.
Time to get ready for UMKC.
“We don't have a choice,” Mavs coach Derrin Hansen said. “We talked in the locker room for eight to 10 minutes (after the South Dakota game) about a lot of things that have to change for us to be a good basketball team.
“We've said a lot of things since (the start of practice), and some we've gotten better at. But some we haven't. We can't keep harping on those same things.”
UNO (3-12, 0-3 Summit League), in its second year in Division I, was picked to finish last in the nine-team Summit League in its first year in the conference. But South Dakota was picked eighth. And UMKC was picked seventh.
“Going into the weekend, we were looking at this as a way to kickstart us after the Christmas break,” Mavs center John Karhoff said. “We can still do that by coming out strong against UMKC. It's an important weekend, and we need to come back strong Monday.”
UNO fell into an early hole against South Dakota after missing several open shots.
“We did miss some open shots, but that's basketball,” Karhoff said. “We need to do a better job of bouncing back from that and to keep getting stops and keep getting good looks — because eventually they'll fall.”
Later Saturday, UMKC got into an early hole against Kansas State, falling behind 12-3 and 20-9. But the Kangaroos bounced back and twice cut their deficit to two points.
They trailed by three with four minutes to play and by four with 3½ minutes left against a team that had just knocked off then-No. 8 Florida.
UMKC doesn't have a player averaging in double figures, but relies on its balance — six players average between 9.9 and 6.9.
Guard Estan Tyler, averaging 9.8 points per game, leads the Summit League in 3-point shooting at 48.8 percent, and in free-throw shooting at 92.9 percent.
Thomas Staton, averaging 9.9 points, is second in 3-point accuracy at 48.3.
Kirk Korver, the fourth in the line of Division I-playing brothers started by former Creighton star Kyle, averages 6.9 and shoots 34 percent from long range.
Fred Chatmon, 6-foot-9 and 230 pounds, is second in the Summit at 7.7 rebounds per game after pulling down 16 against Kansas State.
Trinity Hall, the player most expected to contend for postseason honors from UMKC, has missed the past three games with a broken hand and isn't expected back for another couple of weeks.
The Kangaroos have suffered blowout losses to then-No. 3 Ohio State, then-No. 5 Louisville and Seton Hall. They lost by 15 to an Iowa State team that beat UNO by 28.
UMKC has lost five straight games, but is 1-1 in the Summit League, with the loss a five-point defeat to first-place Western Illinois (4-0).
So, based on what has happened in the past 48 hours, the Mavs have their work cut out for them.
“We're looking for a split now,” UNO guard Alex Phillips said. “We've got to put (Saturday) behind us and get ready for Monday.”
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