UMKC Kangaroos (3-7) at Wright State Raiders (6-7)
Date / Time: December 21, 2013 - 6:00 p.m. CST
Site: Dayton, Ohio / Nutter Center (11,500)
TV: Local - Dayton CW
Talent: Jack Pohl, Braden Bushman
Radio: 810 AM WHB
Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p)
Webcast: UMKCKangaroos.com (via WSU)
Live Stats: UMKCKangaroos.com (via WSU)
Twitter: @TheUMKCRoos or @UMKCMensHoops #WACHoops
Series: WSU leads 3-0
Last Meeting: WSU won 76-62 in Kansas City, 2/18/12
Richardson vs. Opponent: 0-0
The ‘Roos hit the road for a contest at Wright State on Saturday evening, looking to knock off its third opponent from Ohio in as many tries. Kansas City looks to keep improving, winning two of its last three contests in a home stand, while WSU looks to stay unbeaten at home this year at 5-0.
- The UMKC non-conference strength of schedule is ranked No. 20 in the nation as of Thursday, and features 13 opponents, nine of which currently have winning records, including three nationally ranked, and three in the Mid-Major Top 25. The ‘Roos RPI of 142 is second in the WAC.
- UMKC has forced 158 turnovers from opponents this season, an average of 15.8 per game. Its average of 9.1 steals per game leads the WAC and ranks 17th in the nation.
- Seniors Kirk Korver, Trinity Hall and Fred Chatmon are ranked in the top 50 in all-time in scoring. Hall is ranked No. 17 with 740 points, while Korver is 33rd with 559 and Chatmon is 45th at 440.
- Trinity Hall is one of five players in school history to have at least 750 points, 350 rebounds and 50 blocks. He joins the club with Michael Jackson, David Robinson, Darecko Rawlins and Mike English.
- The trio of Trinity Hall, Nelson Kirksey and Martez Harrison have carried the scoring load of late, with each scoring in double figures in the last three games.
- Martez Harrison’s current 16.9 ppg would rank No. 1 in the freshman scoring average ranks at UMKC, passing Ronnie Schmitz’ 16.8 points in 1989-90. He is the only player on the team to have scored double-figure points in every game.
- Kansas City announced February 7, 2013 that it would be going to the WAC. This is the first season as a member of the new conference after 19 years in the Summit League.
- UMKC hired new head coach Kareem Richardson on March 19, 2013. He helped Louisville win the National Championship last season as an assistant under Rick Pitino.
- There are seven players on the roster from the Kansas City area, more than any UMKC team in the Division I era.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Wright State enters the contest with a 6-7 overall record after taking an impressive 70-43 win on Thursday night against Eastern Illinois. The Raiders, who hail from the Horizon League, are a perfect 5-0 at home this season.
They have only one player in AJ Pacher that averages double figures at 11.3 points a game, but six score more than seven per contest. Pacher also leads the squad with 4.8 rebounds per game. The Raiders just got a player eligible in Butler transfer Chrishawn Hopkins, who has played two games now. JT Yoho and Reggie Arceneaux are three-point threats, shooting 44 and 58 percent.
As a team the Raiders out-score opponents by 6.9 points a game, while relying on defense to get wins. Opponents score only 65.2 points per game, while WSU has a +4.1 turnover margin.
Kareem Richardson is in his first season as the head coach at UMKC, posting a 3-7 record. He was named the sixth coach in the Division I era on March 19, 2013 after helping Louisville to a National Championship last season as an assistant under Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino.
He brings 13 years of Division I coaching experience to the fold, as well as four years playing at the Division I level, graduating from Evansville in 1997.
Billy Donlon is in his fourth season as head coach with the Raiders, posting a 61-53 overall record. He served as the associate head coach the previous four years. He was a star player at UNC-Wilmington and played professionally in Europe.
Kansas City and Wright State have played three times, with the Raiders holding a 3-0 advantage in the series. The first two meetings came back in 1991, while WSU took a 76-62 win at UMKC on Feb. 18, 2012.
This game is a return for the 2012 Bracketbuster contest in Kansas City.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
- Kansas City would have defeated WSU for the first time in school history.
- The ‘Roos would have defeated their second straight Horizon League opponent (YSU).
- UMKC would move to 3-0 this season against teams from Ohio.
The ‘Roos will come back to Kansas City for their final non-conference home game, facing former Summit League foe South Dakota State on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
The Jackrabbits lead the series 10-5 overall and have won the last four meetings, all by double-digits. Kansas City is 3-5 at home, dropping four straight there as well. The last contest was an 88-57 SDSU win in Brookings on 2/2/13.