'Roos Face Huskies in Final Non-Conference Home Game Tuesday
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:01/21/2013
Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
Houston Baptist Huskies (4-14) at Kansas City 'Roos (6-14, 3-5 SL)

HBU Head Coach: Ron Cottrell (Arkansas, 1985)

Record at HBU 410-289 (22nd year) Career Record: Same

UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)

Record at UMKC: 62-112* (6th year) Career Record: Same

 

Date / Time: January 22, 2013 - 7:05 p.m. CST

Site: Kansas City, Mo.  / Swinney Recreation Center (1,504)

TV: KSMO (Kansas City regional)

          Talent:  Neil Harwell (p-b-p), J.C. Pearson (analyst)

Radio: 102.9 FM/1140 AM

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

Webcast: UMKCKangaroos.com (TV Feed)

Live Stats:  UMKCKangaroos.com

Twitter: @TheUMKCRoos

Series:  Kansas City leads 2-0

          Home: 1-0

          Away: 1-0

          Neutral: 0-0

          Last Meeting: Kansas City won 73-51 at home, 12/21/10

          Brown vs. Opponent: 2-0

 

THE GAME

Notables: The 'Roos play their final non-conference home game of the year on Tuesday when Houston Baptist comes to town. The 'Roos are looking to snap a seven-game skid at home, while the Huskies come in on an eight-game losing streak overall.

Kansas City Last 5: 2-3, last time out: won at Fort Wayne, 63-59

HBU Last 5: 0-5, last time out: lost at Chicago State, 81-56

QUICK NOTES

- Estan Tyler has scored at least 19 points in each of his last three games. His 25 at USD and 20 at OU mark two of the four 20+ point performances for UMKC this season, with Chatmon and Staton recording one each as well.

- Kansas City just came off a road swing in which it won 2-of-3 games in league play. It was the first time the 'Roos have done that since January 27-February 5 of 2011.

- Trinity Hall tallied 11 points in only his second game back from injury Saturday. it was only his second double-digit scoring performance of the year, but the 26th of his career.

- Fred Chatmon secured 10 rebounds vs. IPFW, his fourth double-digit rebounding effort of the year.

- The 'Roos have allowed their last four opponents to shoot at least 51 percent from the floor.

- Kansas City played only nine players on Thursday, but 13 got in on Saturday vs. IPFW. On the season, nine different players have scored double figure points, with eight guys leading the team in points for at least a contest.

- Estan Tyler (.500) and Thomas Staton (.460) rank first and third in the league in three-point shooting,  respectively, while Fred Chatmon's 7.4 rebounds per game this season rank third in the Summit League. Chatmon also ranks fourth in blocks (1.2 bpg) while Tyler is sixth in assists (3.3 apg).

- In the last five games, two players are averaging in double-figure points, Estan Tyler (18.5) and Thomas Staton (11.6). The 'Roos have shot .496 during the stretch, but have allowed .526 percent.

- Sophomore forward Alton Tanner was the only player out due to injury, sitting the last four games. Six different players have sat out games due to injury in the last month.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION

Houston Baptist enters the game with a 4-14 overall record and a 0-3 mark in Great West play. The Huskies have lost eight straight coming into Tuesday's contest.

They are led in scoring by forward Art Bernardi with 13.5 points per game, while guard Tyler Russell is the only other player in double figures with 11.4 points a contest. Bernardi also leads the team in rebounding at 5.8 per game, while Marcus Davis pulls down 5.3 per outing.

As a team the Huskies shoot only 40 percent, and 28 percent from three, while scoring 61.8 points per game. They have a 0.6 assist-to-turnover ratio, and make 17.7 miscues a contest.

THE COACHES

Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 62-112* 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.

Ron Cottrell is in his 22nd season at Houston Baptist, and has a 410-289 overall record there. He has led the Huskies through the transition from an NAIA power into the Division I ranks. While in the NAIA, he led the team to nine consecutive conference titles and six top 10 national finishes

THE SERIES

It will be the third meeting between the 'Roos and Huskies, with Kansas City holding a 2-0 lead. Both meetings were decided by double-digit points, with UMKC taking the last decision by a 73-51 score at home on December 21, 2010.

The 'Roos are 1-0 at home against the Huskies. They playing in Houston on February 6 as well.

Matt Brown has a 2-0 mark against HBU while Cottrell is 0-2 against Kansas City. HBU is the only D-I team Matt Brown is 2-0 or better against as the head coach at UMKC.

A WIN WOULD MEAN...

- Kansas City would remain undefeated against Houston Baptist, moving to 3-0.

- Kansas City would have snapped a seven-game home losing streak.

- The 'Roos would move to 4-9 in non-conference games this season.

UP NEXT

Kansas City continue the home stand with the second round of conference play starting on Saturday against Omaha at 5:15 p.m.

It will be the third overall meeting between Kansas City and Omaha with the series tied 1-1. The Mavs took the first Summit League game earlier this season by a 77-65 margin.

Last time the 'Roos played UNO at home, UMKC took a 77-74 decision on a buzzer-beater by Reggie Chamberlain in 2011. This will be the third D-I meeting and ninth overall. Prior to Division I, UNO held a 4-2 advantage in the series.

Matt Brown is 1-1 vs. UNO coach Derrin Hansen.

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