Courtesy: Dennis Hubbard
Kansas City Hits the Road for Non-Conference Battle with North Dakota
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:12/04/2012
Kansas City 'Roos (3-4, 1-1 SL) at North Dakota (1-4)

UND Head Coach:  Brian Jones (Northern Iowa, 1994)

Record at UND: 87-101 (7th year) Career Record: Same

UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)

Record at UMKC: 59-102* (6th year) Career Record: Same

Date / Time: December 5, 2012 - 7:00 p.m. CST

Site: Grand Forks, N.D.  / Engelstad Center

TV: Midco Sports - Regional

          Talent:  TBA

Radio: 810 AM

          Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p)

Webcast: UNDSports.com (Subscribers)

Live Stats:  UNDSports.com

Twitter: @TheUMKCRoos

Series:  Kansas City leads 3-1

          Home: 2-1

          Away: 1-0

          Neutral: 0-0

          Last Meeting: UMKC won 78-75 at home on 12/7/11

         Brown vs. Opponent: 3-1

THE GAME

Notables: The 'Roos step back out of conference on Wednesday for a contest with North Dakota on the road. It will be the fifth time that Kansas City has faced UND, all coming in the Matt Brown era.

Kansas City Last 5: 2-3, last time out lost to Western Illinois, 68-63

North Dakota Last 5: 1-4, last time out lost to South Dakota State, 71-70

QUICK NOTES

- Kansas City got 37 points off the bench against Western Illinois last time out. The starters scored only 26 points. In addition, all three of the double-figure scorers in the game came off the bench.

- Nelson Kirksey and Alton Tanner each scored double-digit points against WIU, marking the first newcomers to do that this season for the 'Roos.

- Kansas City has played at least 10 players in every game this season, and at least 11 in all but one game. Eight of those have scored in double figures this season, but only one averages in double figures (Korver, 10.1 ppg).

- Thomas Staton has been the 'Roos hottest player, averaging 11.8 points per game in his last four games, all off the bench.

- Junior center Fred Chatmon had career-bests across the board on Thursday vs. IUPUI, scoring 20 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and blocking four shots. He ranks No. 81 in the nation with 1.86 blocks per game coming into this week.

- 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).

- The 'Roos have followed every loss this season with a win, and every win with a loss.

- Estan Tyler leads the 'Roos with 29.6 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.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION

North Dakota, which does not have an official mascot right now (formerly the Fighting Sioux, transitioning), is 1-4 overall on the season with a win against Crown College in its lone home game. Last time out, they took Summit League favorite South Dakota State to the brink on the road, but fell on a buzzer-beating three, 71-70. They are a new member of the Big Sky Conference.

UND is led by a balanced attack, with Aaron Anderson averaging a team-best 12.0 points per game along with 4.2 boards an outing. Josh Schuler is putting up 10.6 points per contest, while Lenny Antwi is at 7.2 per outing. The leading rebounders are Jamal Webb (4.5) and Alonzo Traylor (4.8).

As a team North Dakota averages 64.4 points per game, while allowing 70 per contest. It shoots 40 percent, while holding opponents to 41 percent with a -2.4 rebound margin.

THE COACHES

Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 59-102* 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.

Brian Jones is in his seventh season as the head coach of North Dakota and has an 87-101 record there. He led the squad to Great West Tournament titles the last two seasons, as well as berths in the CollegeInsider.com tournament.

THE SERIES

The Kangaroos and UND are meeting for the fifth time. The 'Roos lead the series 3-1 overall, and have won the last three meetings, including a 78-75 victory in Kansas City last season.

In Grand Forks, UMKC is 1-0, winning a 70-63 contest in 2009.

Matt Brown has a 3-1 mark against UND, while Jones is 1-3 vs. the 'Roos.

A WIN WOULD MEAN...

- Kansas City would have won the last four meetings against UND, all under Matt Brown. It would also move to 2-0 in Grand Forks.

- The 'Roos would have won their first true road game since December 10 of last season against Southeast Missouri State.

- Kansas City would have won their fourth consecutive game after losing the previous contest.

UP NEXT

Kansas City will play its second top-five opponent of the season as it heads to No. 5 Louisville on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. CT tip-off. The game will be televised on ESPN3.

It is the first time in school history that Kansas City has faced two top-five teams in the same season (Ohio State was No. 3), and only the third time that it has faced two top-25 teams in the same year. All three occasions have come under Matt Brown.

This will be the first ever meeting between Kansas City and Louisville.

KANSAS CITY / UMKC

The Summit League initiative to showcase the metro campuses and markets of some of the league members has resulted in UMKC changing its acceptable usage guide.

"Kansas City" has been added to the list of acceptable references to athletics, joining UMKC, Kangaroos and 'Roos. Media are encouraged to use 'Kansas City' as a primary reference, and 'UMKC' as a secondary reference.

This is still in effect, even though UMKC will not be changing its name.

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