UA Head Coach: Will Brown (Dowling, 1995)
Record at UA: 150-181 (12th year) Career Record: same
UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)
Record at UMKC: 57-99* (6th year) Career Record: Same
Date / Time: November 16, 2012 - 1:30 p.m. CST
Site: Uncasville, Conn. / Mohegan Sun Arena
Radio: 810 AM
Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p)
Live Stats: MAACSports.com
Series: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Brown vs. Opponent: 0-0
Notables: The 'Roos play their second of four guaranteed games in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Saturday (also had Seton Hall and Ohio State included as campus site games). The Springfield bracket features Kansas City, Albany, Loyola (Md.) and Norfolk State. The other bracket includes Ohio State, Washington, Rhode Island and Seton Hall.
Saturday, November 17 (CT):11:00 AM Norfolk State vs. Loyola-MD; 1:30 PM UMKC vs. Albany
Sunday, November 18 (CT): 10:30 AM Springfield bracket consolation - loser of Saturday games; 1:00 PM Springfield bracket championship - winner of Saturday games
Kansas City Last 2: 1-1, last time out was a 99-64 win at home vs. Lincoln (Mo.)
Albany Last 3: 2-1, last time out was a 63-62 win at Washington
- The 47 rebounds by Kansas City against Lincoln was the most ever under Matt Brown. It was the most since recording 44 vs. Centenary on 2/25/10.
- Kansas City scored 99 points on Tuesday vs. Lincoln, with only one player in double-figures. All 13 players scored, with 60 points off the bench.
- The +64 difference of points scored in back-to-back games was the largest ever at UMKC.
- Senior center Brad Reid tallied a career-high nine boards vs. Lincoln, with his previous career-best being five (vs. Longwood last season).
- With both games being decided by 30+ points this season, UMKC has 11 players averaging double-digit minutes, and every player on the roster averaging at least eight minutes per game.
- Kansas City enters the season with four returning starters in Trinity Hall, Estan Tyler, Thomas Staton and Kirk Korver. So far this season, the 'Roos have not started a senior.
- 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).
- Matt Brown is the fifth head coach in the Division I era. He is in his sixth season at the helm, matching the second-longest tenure of any coach in school history.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Albany comes into the weekend with a 2-1 overall record after upsetting Washington in Seattle on Tuesday. The Great Danes lost to Ohio State and defeated Duquesne.
They are led by senior guard Mike Black, who is averaging 19 points and 3.6 assists per game , while senior guard Jacob Iati puts up 14 points per game and has 10 three-pointers per contest. Both average at least 35 minutes per game. Junior center John Puk is averaging 8.7 points and a team-best 5.3 rebounds a game.
As a team the Great Danes average 64 points and allow 70 per game, while shooting 42 percent. They are -6.3 in rebounding, and have a 0.8 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 57-99* 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.
Will Brown is in his 12th season as the head coach at Albany, and has a 150-181 record there. Last season he led the squad to a 19-15 overall record with a berth in the CIT. He led the team to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007.
The Kangaroos and Great Danes are meeting for the first time ever.
The 'Roos are also playing a team from the America East for the first time ever.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
- UMKC would have won their last three neutral site games, winning both games in the Chicago Invitational a year ago.
- The 'Roos would advance to play at 1:00 p.m. CT in the Springfield bracket championship on Sunday.
- Kansas City would be above .500 in season for the first time since December 21 of last season when it was 7-6.
Kansas City will play in either the 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. CT games of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tipoff, facing either Loyola (Md.) or Norfolk State on Sunday.
Kansas City has a 1-1 mark vs. Norfolk State, last meeting in 2003 in Kansas City with UMKC taking an 80-56 win. The 'Roos have never played Loyola (Md.).