UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)
Record at UMKC: 60-106* (6th year) Career Record: Same
KSU Head Coach: Bruce Weber (Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1978)
Record at KSU: 9-2 (1st year) Career Record: 322-157 (15th year)
Date / Time: December 29, 2012 - 6:00 p.m. CST
Site: Manhattan, Kan. / Bramlage Coiseum (12,528)
TV: Fox Sports Midwest/ Fox College Sports
Talent: Ben Boyle (p-b-p), Stan Weber (analyst)
Radio: 102.9 FM / 1140 AM
Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p), Steven St. John (analyst)
Webcast: k-statesports.com (Subscribers)
Live Stats: k-statesports.com
Series: Kansas City trails 15-1
Last Meeting: KSU won 80-64 in Manhattan, 12/23/10
Brown vs. Opponent: 0-1
Notables: The 'Roos head back out on the road for a two-game swing, starting with a trip to Manhattan, Kansas for a contest with Kansas State. The Wildcats are coming off an upset win over No. 8 Florida last Saturday, while the 'Roos look to snap a four-game skid.
Kansas City Last 5: 1-4, last time out lost vs. Southeast Missouri State, 66-65
Kansas State Last 5: 4-1, last time out defeated No. 8 Florida, 67-61
- K-State will be the second Big 12 team and fifth BCS conference school the 'Roos have faced this season (Seton Hall, Ohio State, Louisville, Iowa State).
- This will be the third ranked team the 'Roos have played this season, the first time in school history Kansas City has played three in one season. Against ranked opponents, UMKC is 0-16 all-time.
- Sophomore point guard Estan Tyler leads the 'Roos with 29.5 minutes played per game, nearly six more than the next closest player. His nine assists vs. SEMO were a career-best.
- Tyler has scored his four highest career point totals this year, and has been in double figures five times already (only had four last year). He matched his career-high with 17 vs. Iowa State.
- 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 seven different guys leading them in points. However, only one player averages double figure points.
- In the last five games, four players are averaging in double-figure points. Estan Tyler (11.6), Thomas Staton (11.2), Nelson Kirksey (10.8) and Nate Rogers (10.2). Fred Chatmon leads the team with eight boards a game during the stretch, and has two 13-rebound games this year already.
- The 13-to-8 assist-to-turnover ratio the UMKC had vs. SEMO snapped a nine-game streak in which Kansas City had a negative ratio.
- The 'Roos have made 10 threes in back-to-back games for the first time since doing it last season against South Dakota and North Dakota State on Feb. 4 and 9.
- Junior forward Trinity Hall sat vs. Iowa State and SEMO due to injury suffered on December 16.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Kansas State comes into the contest with a 9-2 overall record, and a No. 25 national ranking this week. The Wildcats come off a 67-61 upset of Florida at the Sprint Center.
They are led by Rodney McGruder, who averages 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Angel Rodriguez leads the squad with 47 assists and puts up 10.1 points a contest. The leading rebounder is Thomas Gipson, with 6.9 per contest. Center Jordan Henriquez averages nearly two blocks a game as well.
As a team the Wildcats hold opponents to only 57.7 points per game, and have out-scored the competition by 13.4 per outing. They also out-rebound opponents by 8.8 per contest and have a 1.3 Ast/To ratio.
Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 60-106* 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.
Bruce Weber is in his first season as the head coach at Kansas State, and has a 9-2 record there. Overall as a head coach, he is 322-157 in his 15th year. He came to K-State after successful tenures at both Illinois and Southern Illinois, where he led teams to eight NCAA Tournament appearances.
It will be the 17th meeting between the 'Roos and Wildcats in Division I contests, with K-State leading the series 15-1.
The last meeting came on December 23, 2010, with the Wildcats taking an 80-64 decision. UMKC's lone win in the series came in the shocking 93-52 contest in Kansas City on December 30, 2003. In Manhattan, the Wildcats are 9-0 vs. Kansas City.
Brown has faced Kansas State only once in his time at UMKC, two years ago, while Weber has never met Kansas City as a head coach.
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 snapped a four-game skid, and won for the second time in the month of December.
Kansas City will get back into conference play for the first time since December 1, facing Omaha on the road Monday night.
It will be the first UMKC has faced the Mavericks in Omaha, and first as a member of the Summit League.
Last season they met for the first time as Division I schools, with Kansas City taking the game at home by a 77-74 score. This will be only the second meeting between the two schools.