Seton Hall Pirates (0-0)
Date / Time: November 9, 2012 - 6:30 p.m. CST
Site: South Orange, N.J. / Walsh Gymnasium
Radio: 102.9 FM / 1140 AM
Talent: Steven Davis (play-by-play)
Webcast: shupirates.com (Subscribers Only)
Live Stats: shupirates.com
Series: First Meeting
Notables: The season opener for UMKC, this contest is part of the Hall of Fame Tipoff. This is the first time the 'Roos have faced a BCS conference school to open the season since 2007, when they went to No. 4 Kansas (lost 85-62). Under Brown, Kansas City is 2-3 in season openers.
Kansas City Last 5: 0-5 (end of 2011-12)
Seton Hall Last 5: 2-3 (end of 2011-12, lost to UMass in NIT second round)
- Kansas City enters the season with four returning starters in Trinity Hall, Estan Tyler, Thomas Staton and Kirk Korver.
- The 'Roos lost their top scorer in Reggie Chamberlain from a year ago. He averaged 17.3 points per game and finished as the all-time leader in three-point and free throw percentage at UMKC. He also finished seventh in the nation in three-point shooting at .471.
- UMKC also has seven letterwinners returning to the lineup, six of which played in at least 26 games.
- Despite the seven returnees, Kansas City still has only two seniors on the roster (Staton, Reid).
- There are five newcomers to the team, with three of them being transfers (Tanner, Johnson, Kirksey).
- Matt Brown is the fifth head coach in the Division I era. He is entering his sixth season at the helm, matching the second-longest tenure of any coach in school history.
- The 'Roos started Estan Tyler, Nate Rogers, Trinity Hall, Kirk Korver, and Caleb Johnson in their exhibition game, an 88-56 win over NAIA member, Ottawa University (Kan.).
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Seton Hall posted a 21-13 overall record last season, earning a berth in the NIT. The Pirates finished 10th in the Big East with an 8-10 mark, and was knocked out of the conference tournament by eventual champion Louisville. They lost to UMass in the second round of the NIT.
The Pirates return three starters and seven letterwinners to the lineup, but lost their top two scorers in Jordan Theodore (16.1 ppg) and Herb Pope (15.1 ppg). Expected to lead the squad this year is 6-6 junior Fuquan Edwin, who averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest. The Pirates also have five transfers that are eligible to play this season, including Brian Oliver (Ga. Tech), Gene Teague (So. Illinois), and Kyle Smith (Iona).
Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 56-98* 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.
Kevin Willard is in his third season as the head coach at Seton Hall, and has a 34-31 record there. Overall, he is 79-80 in his sixth season as a head coach. He came to Seton Hall after a successful turnaround effort at Iona as head coach. He was an assistant under Rick Pitino at Louisville as well.
The Kangaroos and Pirates are meeting for the first time in school history.
The 'Roos are 1-2 against teams in the Big East, with a 1-1 mark against Cincinnati and a 0-1 record against Providence. UMKC will also be facing Louisville later this season on December 8.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
- UMKC would have defeated a BCS conference opponent for the first time under Matt Brown, and first in program history since Dec. 30, 2003 vs. Kansas State.
- The 'Roos would have started 1-0 on the road for the third time under Brown (2-3).
- Kansas City would have its third Division I opening win during Brown's tenure (2-3).
Kansas City will host NCAA Division II Lincoln (Mo.) University in the home opener on Tuesday at Swinney Recreation Center at 7:05 p.m.
Kansas City is 1-0 vs. the Blue Tigers all-time, winning 78-52 on Nov. 17, 2009.
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.
This is still in effect, even though UMKC will not be changing its name.