Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
Kansas City Tips Off Summit League Play Thursday, Hosts IUPUI
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:11/28/2012
IUPUI Jaguars (3-4, 0-0 SL) at Kansas City 'Roos (2-3, 0-0 SL)

IUPUI Head Coach:  Todd Howard (Louisville, 1993)

Record at IUPUI: 17-22 (2nd year) Career Record: Same

UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)

Record at UMKC: 58-101* (6th year) Career Record: Same

Date / Time: November 29, 2012 - 7:05 p.m. CST

Site: Kansas City, Mo.  / Swinney Recreation Center

TV: KSMO - Kansas City

          Talent: Neil Harwell (p-b-p), Jaycie Pearson (analyst)

Radio: 810 AM

          Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p), Steven St. John (analyst)

Webcast: UMKCKangaroos.com (Subscribers)

Live Stats:  UMKCKangaroos.com

Twitter: @TheUMKCRoos

Series:  Kansas City trails 20-11

          Home: 6-8

          Away: 5-9

          Neutral: 0-3

          Last Meeting: Kansas City won 64-62 at home, 1/21/12

         Brown vs. Opponent: 2-10

 

THE GAME

Notables: The 'Roos play their first Summit League game of the season on Thursday night against IUPUI. It is the first time ever that Kansas City has played a league game in November. The early two games are due to the BracketBuster taking a weekend in late February. After the contest vs. Western Illinois on Saturday, the 'Roos will not play another league game until December 31.

Kansas City Last 5: 2-3, last time out lost 91-45 at No. 3 Ohio State

IUPUI Last 5: 2-3, last time out won 87-54 vs. IU East

QUICK NOTES

- Kansas City was picked to finish seventh in the league, with IUPUI picked fifth by the coaches and media. Both teams lost their leading scorer from last season, both of which scored more than 17 points per game (Reggie Chamberlain, UMKC; Alex Young, IUPUI).

- The 'Roos won't play IUPUI again until the regular season finale on March 2 in Indianapolis.

- Sophomore point guard Estan Tyler scored a career-best 17 points against Albany, then followed with 15 against Norfolk State, earning Hall of Fame Tip-Off All-Tournament team honors.

- Tyler has led the 'Roos in scoring the last three games, and in assists all five games.

- 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).

- The win over Norfolk State saw the 'Roos attempt 29 free throws, the most since attempting 31 in the season-opener of last season against Northwest Missouri State.

- 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.

- 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.

- The loss to No. 3 Ohio State was the fourth-largest margin of defeat in school history (-46).

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION

IUPUI comes in with a 3-4 overall record with wins against Utah Valley and Bowling Green. The Jags have close losses to Bradley and Lamar as well.

        They are paced by junior post Mitchell Patton with 16.7 points and 6.3 boards a game, while Purdue transfer and senior guard John Hart is scoring 15.7 points per outing, along with 18 three-pointers and 20 assists. The Jags are playing without their leading returning scorer, Ian Chiles, who has been out all season due to injury.

        As a team the Jaguars average 72.6 points and allow 72.9 per game, while shooting 45.6 percent. The Jags have 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio, averaging 16 assists per game.

THE COACHES

Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 58-101* 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.

        Todd Howard is in his second season as the head coach at IUPUI, and has a 17-22 overall record. He spent the previous 16 seasons as an assistant/associate coach for IUPUI under Ron Hunter. He is a 1993 graduate of Louisville, where he played under Denny Crum, making three NCAA Tournaments.

THE SERIES

The Kangaroos and Jaguars are meeting for the 32nd time, with IUPUI holding a 20-11 advantage. The 'Roos won the last meeting by a 64-62 margin in Kansas City last season.

        The Kangaroos are 6-8 in Kansas City against IUPUI, winning the contest on 1/21/12 the last time out.

        Matt Brown has a 2-10 mark against IUPUI, while Todd Howard is 1-1 vs. UMKC as a head coach, and 19-10 vs. the 'Roos as an assistant.

A WIN WOULD MEAN...

- UMKC would have started 1-0 in league play for the second year in a row, defeating IPFW on the road last year.

- The 'Roos would have defeated IUPUI two straight for the first time since January 3 and 20 of 2005.

- Kansas City would be 2-0 at home for the first time since going 7-0 to start the 2010 season.

- The 'Roos would have defeated IUPUI for the third straight time at home.

UP NEXT

Kansas City will continue conference play with Western Illinois coming in Saturday at 4:05 p.m. The contest will be televised on KSMO in Kansas City.

        The 'Roos are 26-15 all-time against Western Illinois, and hold a 17-3 mark against the Leathernecks at home.

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