NSU Head Coach: Anthony Evans (St. Thomas Aquinas, 1994)
Record at NSU: 80-84 (6th year) Career Record: same
UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)
Record at UMKC: 57-100* (6th year) Career Record: Same
Date / Time: November 17, 2012 - 10:30 a.m. CST
Site: Uncasville, Conn. / Mohegan Sun Arena
Radio: 1510 AM
Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p)
Live Stats: MAACSports.com
Series: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: Kansas City won 80-56 in KC on 11/29/03
Brown vs. Opponent: 0-0
Notables: The 'Roos play their third of four guaranteed games in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Saturday (also had Seton Hall and Ohio State included as campus site games). The Springfield bracket features Kansas City, Albany, Loyola (Md.) and Norfolk State. The other bracket includes Ohio State, Washington, Rhode Island and Seton Hall.
Saturday, November 17 (CT): Norfolk State 49, Loyola-MD 65; UMKC 59, Albany 62
Sunday, November 18 (CT): 10:30 AM Springfield bracket consolation - UMKC vs. Norfolk St.; 1:00 PM Springfield bracket championship - Loyola-MD vs. Albany
Kansas City Last 3: 1-2, last time out loss 62-59 vs. Albany
Albany Last 4: 2-2, last time out loss 65-49 vs. Loyola-MD
- Sophomore point guard Estan Tyler scored a career-best 17 points against Albany. His previous high was 12 last season on two occasions.
- Fred Chatmon pulled matched his career-high set against Seton Hall with eight rebounds against Albany.
- Kirk Korver put up his second consecutive game over 15 points (16) vs. Albany, the first time he has ever done that in his career. It was only his fourth career game with 15 or more points.
- The 47 rebounds by Kansas City against Lincoln was the most ever under Matt Brown. It was the most since recording 44 vs. Centenary on 2/25/10.
- Kansas City enters the season with four returning starters in Trinity Hall, Estan Tyler, Thomas Staton and Kirk Korver. So far this season, the 'Roos have not started a senior.
- UMKC also has seven letterwinners returning to the lineup, six of which played in at least 26 games.
- Despite the seven returnees, Kansas City still has only two seniors on the roster (Staton, Reid).
- Matt Brown is the fifth head coach in the Division I era. He is in his sixth season at the helm, matching the second-longest tenure of any coach in school history.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Norfolk comes into the contest with a 2-2 overall record after falling to Loyola Saturday. The Spartans have defeated both Rhode Island and Longwood.
They are led by guard Pendarvis Williams, who averages 14.3 points and 2.3 assists per game, while Malcolm Hawkins is the only other player in double figures with 11.3 points per outing. The leading rebounders are Rashid Gaston (7.8) and Brandon Goode (7.0).
As a team the Spartans average 64.8 points and allow 66 per game, while shooting 39 percent. They are -2.5 in turnovers per game and shoot 71 percent from the line.
Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 57-100* overall record at the helm. Brown joined the 'Roos as the eighth head coach in school history on April 12, 2007. He has coached eight players to All-Summit League recognition.
His most successful season came in 2010-11 when he posted his only winning record at 16-14 overall. The 'Roos also had the third-most home wins in school history, going 11-4 in Kansas City, and the third-most overall wins in program history that season.
Anthony Evans is in his sixth season as the head coach at Norfolk State, and has an 80-84 record there. Last season he led the squad to a 26-10 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, where they upset Missouri in the first round.
The Kangaroos and Spartans are meeting for the third time, with the series tied 1-1. Each team has won on their home floor, with the 'Roos taking the last meeting in Kansas City by an 80-56 score on 11/29/03.
The 'Roos are 4-2 all-time against teams from the MEAC, also going 2-0 vs. Delaware State and 1-1 vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
- UMKC would have its first win in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, and first against a Division I opponent.
- The 'Roos would have their first win away from home this season.
- Kansas City would have the lead in the all-time series with Norfolk State, 2-1.
Kansas City will play at Ohio State on Friday night in Columbus at 5:00 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Kansas City will be facing the Buckeyes for the first time ever.