UL Head Coach: Rick Pitino (UMass, 1974)
Record at UL: 282-107 (12th year) Career Record: 636-235 (28th year)
UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)
Record at UMKC: 60-102* (6th year) Career Record: Same
Date / Time: December 8, 2012 - 1:02 p.m. CST
Site: Louisville, Ky. / KFC Yum! Center (22,000)
Talent: Ryan Rose (p-b-p), Darrin Horn (analyst)
Radio: 1510 AM
Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p), Steven St. John, Jason Anderson (analysts)
Live Stats: GoCards.com
Series: First Meeting
Last Meeting: Never
Brown vs. Opponent: 0-0
Notables: The 'Roos continue a two-game road swing with its first-ever trip to Louisville on Saturday. The contest will be Kansas City's second this season against a top-five team, and second against a team that was in the 2012 Final Four (also faced Ohio State).
Kansas City Last 5: 3-2, last time out defeated North Dakota, 73-70
Louisville Last 5: 4-1, last time out won at College of Charleston, 80-38
- Kansas City went from having three double-figure scorers off the bench on Saturday against Western Illinois, to having all five starters scoring in double figures on Wednesday at North Dakota.
- Thomas Staton and Nelson Kirksey earned their first starts of the season on Wednesday at North Dakota, with both scoring in double figures at 14 and 10, respectively. Nate Rogers led all scorers with a career-best 16 points on a career-best four threes made.
- Kansas City has played at least 10 players in every game, and at least 11 in all but one. Eight different players have scored double figure points, with five different guys leading them in points. However, no player on the team averages double figure points.
- Thomas Staton has been the 'Roos hottest player, averaging 12.2 points per game in his last five games, four of which were off the bench.
- Junior center Fred Chatmon had career-bests across the board in the last three games. He scored 20 points and had four blocks against IUPUI, then tallied 13 rebounds vs. North Dakota. His double-double against UND was the first for UMKC since January 19 of last season (Trinity Hall), and only the second overall among players on the current roster.
- The 'Roos have followed every loss this season with a win, and every win with a loss.
- Estan Tyler leads the 'Roos with 28.5 minutes played per game this season, five more than the next closest player. He has scored his two highest career point totals this year as well.
- Last time out was the first road win for UMKC since December 10, 2011 vs. Southeast Missouri State..
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Louisville, a member of the Big East, is ranked No. 5 in the nation and boasts a 7-1 overall mark. The Cardinals only loss was to No. 2 Duke. Last time out, they won 80-38 at College of Charleston.
They are led by guard Russ Smith, who is averaging 19.0 points per game, along with 25 steals. Also in the backcourt is Peyton Siva, who is scoring 11.8 points a game to go with 45 assists and 23 steals. One of the deepest teams in the country, UL has nine players that average at least 15 minutes a game, and seven players that average 5+ points a game.
As a team the Cardinals are out-scoring opponents by 20.4 points per contest, and hold them to only 53.9 ppg. They force 21.9 turnovers per game (+8.9), and out-rebound the opposition by 8.3 per outing.
Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 60-102* 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.
Rick Pitino is in his 12th season as the head coach of Louisville and has an 282-107 record there. Overall in his 28 years as a college head coach, he is 636-235. Last season he led the Cardinals to the Final Four, his sixth trip during his career.
The Kangaroos and Louisville are meeting for the first time ever.
Against current Big East teams, the 'Roos are 1-3, dropping a contest earlier this year to Seton Hall (win was against Cincinnati, 1988).
Against ranked teams, Kansas City is 0-15 all-time. 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.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
- Kansas City would have defeated a ranked team for the first time in school history.
- The 'Roos would have defeated a team from a BCS conference for the first time since taking out Kansas State on December 30, 2003 by a 93-52 score.
- Kansas City would have won consecutive games for the first time since January 19 and 21 of last season.
- It would be the first time the 'Roos have won back-to-back road games since December 5 and 12 of 2009.
Kansas City will come home for a three-game stand, starting with a Sunday home game against Appalachian State at Swinney Recreation Center at 1:05 p.m.
It will be the first ever meeting with the Mountaineers.
Kansas City is 3-1 against teams from the Southern Conference, defeating Wofford last season, posting a 2-0 mark against Samford, and falling to Tennesee-Chattanooga.
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 school reference, and 'UMKC' as a secondary reference.
This is still in effect, even though UMKC will not be changing its name.