KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- UMKC (8-13, 3-3 WAC) will finish off the first-half portion of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) schedule with visits to New Mexico State on Thursday and UTRGV on Saturday. The Roos tip off against the Aggies (16-4, 5-1) at 7 p.m. MST / 8 p.m. CST on Thursday.
- Nearing the half-way point, the Roos are in fifth-place alone in the WAC standings at 3-3, looking up at New Mexico State in third place. CSU Bakersfield and Grand Canyon are tied for the top spot at 6-1.
- The Roos are looking to snap a dubious streak against the Aggies. The Blue and Gold has not won in five previous trips to Las Cruces, N.M., in the all-time series. Also, the Roos are trying to halt a 11-game overall losing streak to New Mexico State. The last UMKC win was on Jan. 18, 2014 in Kansas City when the Roos scored a 68-66 victory in the first-ever meeting. New Mexico State leads the series, 11-1.
- The Roos are just two wins shy of already reaching last year’s total win amount of 10. Also, two more conference wins would tie the amount of five established last year.
- A win at New Mexico State would mean... the best start for the Roos in WAC play at 4-3 since the 2014-15 season (5-2)... UMKC’s first road league win of the year... snaps a 11-game series losing streak against the Aggies... hands UMKC its first road win at New Mexico State in history.
- Last time out - UMKC overcame a 10-point deficit late, using the energy of a raucous home crowd to defeat Seattle U (13-9, 1-6 WAC), 63-54, on Jan. 26. Xavier Bishop notched his 18th-straight double-digit effort with a game-high 22 points. With Seattle down by just one, 52-51, Bishop scored six-straight points and the Roos limited the Redhawks to three points in the final three minutes of the game to ice the victory. The Roos improved to 6-0 against Seattle U when playing in Kansas City.
- Scouting the Opponent - New Mexico State has won five games in-a-row, most recently in the form of a 63-61 win against UTRGV on Jan. 26. The Aggies are 9-1 at home this year, with the only setback against West Coast Conference member Saint Mary’s (Calif.) on Nov. 14. Terrell Brown leads a balanced scoring attack with 11.5 points per game. AJ Harris (10.9) and Evan Aurrecoechea (10.4) compliment Brown in the scoring column. Three other Aggies average at least six points per game. Eli Chuha is the club leader in rebounding (7.1) and Harris tops the team in assists (3.3).