For just the second time in UNO’s Division I era, the Mavs have posted a winning record in the month of November. They’re 5-3.
The season’s opening month is typically a challenging one for UNO — and this year was no different.
The Mavs played road games at Wichita State, Colorado State, Dayton and Washington State. But they picked up a win in that game against the Cougars. And they’re 4-0 at Baxter Arena.
The only other time UNO’s been above .500 to start December came in 2014-15. The Mavs opened 3-2 that year, which included an early win over Marquette. But they were technically still transitioning to Division I at that time.
UNO will travel to play Saint Mary’s (7-1) for a 7 p.m. tipoff Sunday in California. The Gaels are just two days removed from an 81-73 win over No. 15 Utah State. They also opened the season with a neutral-site victory over Wisconsin.
For the Mavs, it’s the start of a four-game road trip. They also play at Arkansas State on Tuesday. Road games at Northern Arizona and No. 14 Arizona come next week.
Meet the 2019-20 UNO men's basketball team
Ayo Akinwole Class: Junior Position: Guard Height/weight: 6-0, 165 Hometown: Papillion, Nebraska
Played in all 32 games in 2018-19, starting in three. Averaged 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 steals, scoring in double figures four times.
Nathan Brusseau Class: Freshman Position: Center Height/weight: 6-11, 225 Hometown: New Prague, Minnesota
Three-year letter winner at New Prague High School. Two-time all-conference honorable mention in high school.
Grant Frickenstein Class: Freshman Position: Guard Height/weight: 6-3, 170 Hometown: Fremont, Nebraska
Four-year letter winner at Fremont Bergan. Averaged 20.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a senior.
JT Gibson Class: Senior Position: Guard Height/weight: 6-3, 195 Hometown: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Started all 32 games in 2018-19, averaging 12.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Scored in double figures 25 times, including five games with over 20 points.
Darrius Hughes Class: Freshman Position: Guard/forward Height/weight: 6-7, 230 Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Rockhurst High School's first four-year letter winner since the 1980s. As a senior, averaged a team-leading 18.0 points.
Kyle Luedtke Class: Redshirt freshman Position: Guard Height/weight: 6-5, 190 Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Redshirted in 2018-19. Will provide depth at the wing position in 2019-20.
Hayden Miller Class: Sophomore Position: Guard Height/weight: 6-1, 180 Hometown: Nebraska City, Nebraska
Played in 11 games in 2018-19. Named to the Summit League academic honor roll and the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.
Matt Pile Class: Junior Position: Forward Height/weight: 6-8, 240 Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Started all 32 games in 2018-19, averaging 11.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. Was second in the Summit League with 58.7% shooting from the field and led the league with 3.09 offensive rebounds per game. Led the league in total offensive rebounds (99) and was fourth in total rebounds (252), fifth in rebounds per game (7.9), seventh in defensive rebounds (153) and eighth in blocked shots (26).
KJ Robinson Class: Senior Position: Guard Height/weight: 6-0, 190 Hometown: Blue Springs, Missouri
Started all 29 games in which he appeared in 2018-19. Averaged 11.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game, scoring in double figures 17 times, including two games with over 20 points.
La'Mel Robinson Class: Freshman Position: Guard Height/weight: 6-0, 160 Hometown: Riverside, Missouri
Four-year letter winner at Park Hill South High School. Averaged 25.0 points per game as a senior. Finished his career as the school's all-time leader in scoring (2,050 points) and assists (600).
Marlon Ruffin Class: Sophomore Position: Guard/forward Height/weight: 6-5, 195 Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Averaged 13.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 54.3% from the field, 47.2% 3-point range and 76.9% from the free-throw line in 2018-19. Garnered second-team All-NJCAA Region IV and all-conference recognition as a freshman at Highland Community College.
Marco Smith Class: Sophomore Position: Guard Height/weight: 6-2, 175 Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas
Redshirt sophomore that played in 31 games and made one start averaging 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.9 steals over 16.6 minutes per game as a freshman in 2017-18 at UMKC.
Zach Thornhill Class: Sophomore Position: Guard Height/weight: 6-4, 185 Hometown: Lenexa, Kansas
Played in only 10 games in 2018-19 due to injury. Averaged 3.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists.
Wanjang Tut Class: Sophomore Position: Forward Height/weight: 6-8, 205 Hometown: Omaha Burke
Played in 31 games in 2018-19 with four double-figure scoring performances, averaging 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds.