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Men's Basketball Tries to Snap Skid Against Seattle U
UMKC Athletics 1-25-2019
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Trying to snap a three-game skid, the Roos of UMKC (7-13, 2-3 WAC) welcome Seattle U (13-8, 1-5 WAC) to Swinney Center on Saturday, Jan. 26th with a 6 p.m. CT contest. The first 200 students get a UMKC foam finger.

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#TeamKC Notes

  • The Roos hold a 7-4 advantage in the all-time series with the Redhawks. UMKC has never lost to Seattle in games played in Kansas City (5-0), holding a 16.2 margin of scoring in the five wins. Three of those five wins are by at least 15 points.
  • After a loss Thursday at the hands of Utah Valley, UMKC is tied for fifth-place in the Western Athletic Conference standings with two other progams. Seattle U is in eighth place.
  • The Roos have a distinct advantage at home with a 5-3 record this year (Municipal Auditorium: 3-2; Swinney Center: 2-1).
  • Saturday’s contest will be a part of the “Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week.” The initiative is a nationwide event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Head coach Kareem Richardson will be wearing a special tie and gold shoe laces to show his support.
  • Last time out - UMKC outscored Utah Valley by eight over the first 10 minutes of the second half, but could get no closer than two as the Wolverines picked up a 75-67 win over the Roos on Thursday night at Swinney Center. The loss snapped a four-game home winning streak for the Roos. Xavier Bishop paced UMKC with a game-high 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting from the field, including 4 of 6 from long range.
  • Scouting the Opponent - Five Seattle U players net at least 10 points per game, led by the 15.0 points average from Myles Carter. He is also tops in rebounding (8.4), blocks (45) and shooting percentage (.535).  Morgan Means chips in 14.7 points and Matej Kavas adds 14.1. As a team, the Redhawks are plus-3.8 in the rebounding column and hold a scoring advantage of nearly eight points (77.9 - 70.2).
  • Aleer Leek, the lone senior on the team, recently played in his 100th career game. He accomplished the century milestone on Dec. 19, 2018 at Central Michigan. With 107 career contests, he needs two more to be on the Roo top 10 career list for most games played.
  • How about that start -- With a 2-0 league mark, the Roos had their best conference start since the 2013-14 season. In coach Richardson’s first year, UMKC defeated Idaho and Seattle in two road meetings to lift off the 13-14 league season. UMKC finished WAC play with a 7-9 mark.
  • Home Sweet Home -- It is a ground-breaking time as the Blue and White plays all of its conference home games at Swinney Center on the UMKC campus for the first time since the 2012-13 season. That year, UMKC played its final six home games at Swinney, as members of the Summit League. Historically, UMKC played home games at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The move was done to bring the action to the heart of campus and enhance the energy and buzz in the crowd.
  • Whitfield in Top 50 -- Junior guard Rob Whitfield has his name in the Top 50 of NCAA statistical rankings for the following:
        • No. 36: 3-point FG percentage, 43.2%
  • Chasing History -- A few Roos are on the UMKC career record lists. Below are those marks.
    • Xavier Bishop
          • No. 16 in Career Points (893); No. 15 on the list is 902 (Carlton Aaron)
          • No. 9 in Career Assists (256); No. 8 on the list has 275 (Matt Suther)
          • No. 9 (tie) 17-straight 10-point games; Michael Watson - 18-straight
    • Aleer Leek
          • No. 8 in Career Blocked Shots (50); No. 8 on the list has 64 (Thaddeus Smith)
          • 107 career games played - two games shy of No. 10 (tie) for career games played
    • Rob Whitfield
          • No. 2 in Career 3-Point Field Goal %, Min 75 Attempts (54 for 125, 43.2 %)
  • Coach Kareem Richardson, in his sixth year at UMKC, stands with 71 wins. That amount puts him No. 3 on the all-time Roo coaching win list (in NCAA era). He looks up on the list at coach Rich Zvosec, who coached six seasons from 2001-06, with 84 wins.
  • Early on this season, junior Xavier Bishop tops the Roos at 16.2 points per game, while junior Rob Whitfield is at 11.3.  On the glass, sophomore Marvin Nesbitt Jr., leads the team in rebounding with 4.5, while Bishop’s 4.1 assists also tops the team.
  • With 22 points in his most recent game vs. Grand Canyon, Bishop has reached double-figures in 17-straight games. Overall, he has topped 10-plus points in 18-of-20 games this year.
  • 1,000-point countdown - With his 22 points Thursday, Xavier Bishop passed Nick Richmond (1995-99) and Reggie Chamberlain (2010-12) for 16th on the UMKC career scoring list with 893 career points, Now, Bishop trails Carlton Aaron (2002-05), who had 902 points and Trinity Hall (2010-14) with 923 points. There are 11 Roos in the 1,000-point club, with Lavell Boyd (2015-17) being the most recent 1,000-point scorer.
  • Road Warriors - UMKC won back-to-back road games on Dec. 1 at Purdue Fort Wayne and Dec. 8 at South Dakota for the first time since 2014-15 when they beat Utah Valley 66-59 in Orem on Jan. 31. 2015 and Chicago State 61-50 in Chicago on Feb. 14, 2015.
  • Preseason Poll - The Roos were picked to finish seventh in the WAC Preseason poll by both the coaches and the media, while New Mexico State and Grand Canyon were chosen first and second in both polls.
  • The Roos are playing in their 33rd year of NCAA basketball and currently hold a 389-545 mark since the 1986-87 season.
  • Up Next - The Roos head to New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 31 with tip-off at 8 p.m. CT from Las Cruces, N.M.
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