WIU Head Coach: Jim Molinari (Illinois Wesleyan, 1977)
Record at WIU: 51-78 (5th year) Career Record: 274-263 (19th year)
UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)
Record at UMKC: 59-101* (6th year) Career Record: Same
Date / Time: December 1, 2012 - 4:05 p.m. CST
Site: Kansas City, Mo. / Swinney Recreation Center
TV: KSMO - Kansas City
Talent: Neil Harwell (p-b-p), Jaycie Pearson (analyst)
Radio: 102.9 FM / 1140 AM
Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p), Steven St. John (analyst)
Webcast: UMKCKangaroos.com (Subscribers)
Live Stats: UMKCKangaroos.com
Series: Kansas City leads 26-15
Last Meeting: WIU won 47-41 in Macomb, 2/15/12
Brown vs. Opponent: 4-6
Notables: The 'Roos play their second Summit League game of the season on Saturday night against Western Illinois, but the 'Roos will not play another league game until December 31. Kansas City will be looking to start 2-0 in Summit League play for the first time since Janurary of 2007.
Kansas City Last 5: 3-2, last time out defeated IUPUI, 79-65
Western Illinois Last 5: 3-2, last time out defeated South Dakota, 73-71
- Kansas City is 1-0 in conference play for the second straight year, but only the second time under head coach Matt Brown. The 'Roos have never started league action 2-0 under Brown.
- Junior center Fred Chatmon had career-bests across the board on Thursday vs. IUPUI, scoring 20 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and blocking four shots.
- Chatmon is the first player to score 20 points without a three-pointer made since Jay Cousinard during the 2009-10 season.
- Chatmon has already attempted 27 free throws this season, almost as many as his entire first two seasons combined (36).
- All 12 double-digit scoring performances this season have come from returning players.
- The 'Roos have followed every loss this season with a win.
- Estan Tyler leads the 'Roos with 30 minutes played per game this season, nearly seven more than the next closest player. He has led the 'Roos in assists every game this season, and scored his two highest career point totals this year as well.
- Kirk Korver leads the team with 10.7 points per game, and has scored in double-figures four times this season. Last year he scored in double figures nine times.
- The 'Roos have now defeated IUPUI two consecutive for the first time since January 3 and 20 of 2005. The 14-point margin of victory is the largest in the series since January 3, 2005 (16), and the biggest ever at home against the Jags.
- UMKC also has seven letterwinners returning to the lineup, six of which played in at least 26 games.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
The Western Illinois Leathernecks come in with a 4-3 overall record, with a 1-0 mark in Summit League play. They defeated South Dakota on the road Thursday, getting a bucket at the buzzer for the win.
They are paced by their two returning all-conference performers in senior guard Ceola Clark and senior forward Terell Parks. Parks leads the team with 13.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while Clark started the season slow on the scoring side and has come on as of late to average 12.7 per contest, including the game-winning bucket against USD, and 20 points. Adam Link and Don McAvoy both average over 8.0 a game.
As a team the Leathernecks will slow it down, averaging 57.4 points and allowing a league-best 52.1 per outing. They hold opponents to 39.3 percent shooting.
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.
Jim Molinari is in his fifth season as the head coach of the Leathernecks and has a 51-78 record there. His overall record is 274-263 after spending 11 seasons as the head coach at Bradley, and two seasons at Northern Illinois.
The Kangaroos and Leathernecks are meeting for the 42nd time, the most played series for UMKC in the Division I era. The 'Roos lead the series 26-15 overall, and have won three of the last four meetings, but dropped a 47-42 meeting in Macomb last time out in February of 2012.
In Kansas City, UMKC is 17-3, winning the last three meetings at home. Last season the 'Roos took a 72-50 win at Swinney.
Matt Brown has a 4-6 mark against WIU, while Jim Molinari is 4-4 vs. UMKC.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
- UMKC would have started 2-0 in league play for the first time under Matt Brown, having not done it since January of 2007.
- The 'Roos would have defeated WIU at home for the fourth consecutive meeting.
- Kansas City would be 3-0 at home for the first time since going 7-0 to start the 2010 season.
- The 'Roos would have won two games in a row for the first time this season, and first time overall since defeating these same two opponents last season on January 19 and 21.
Kansas City will step back out of conference play when it heads to North Dakota on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.
The 'Roos are 3-1 against North Dakota, facing the Fighting Sioux all four times during the Matt Brown era. UMKC has won the last three meetings in the series, and is 1-0 in Grand Forks, winning in 2009. Last season the 'Roos won a tight 78-75 decision in Kansas City.