OSU Head Coach: Thad Matta (Butler, 1990)
Record at OSU: 224-65 (9th year) Career Record: 326-96 (13th year)
UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)
Record at UMKC: 58-100* (6th year) Career Record: Same
Date / Time: November 23, 2012 - 5:00 p.m. CST
Site: Columbus, Ohio / Value City Arena (18, 809)
TV: Big Ten Network
Talent: Wayne Larivee, Shon Morris, Katie Witham
Radio: 102.9 FM / 1140 AM
Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p)
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Series: First Meeting
Last Meeting: Never Met
Brown vs. Opponent: 0-0
Notables: The 'Roos play their last of four guaranteed games from the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Friday (also had Seton Hall included as a campus site game). The game, being broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network, will be the first game UMKC has faced a ranked opponent since falling to No. 20 Michigan State on Dec. 19, 2011.
Kansas City Last 4: 2-2, last time out won 63-57 vs. Norfolk State
Ohio State Last 3: 3-0, last time out won 74-66 vs. Washington
- Sophomore point guard Estan Tyler scored a career-best 17 points against Albany, then followed with 15 against Norfolk State, earning Hall of Fame Tip-Off All-Tournament team honors.
- The 'Roos are 0-14 all-time against ranked opponents, falling to both Michigan State (89-54) and Wisconsin (77-31) last season.
- Ohio State's No. 3 ranking means it is the highest ranked opponent the 'Roos have faced since playing No. 3 Kansas on Jan. 5, 2011 (lost 99-52). The highest ranked team UMKC has ever faced is No. 2 Kansas on Dec. 12, 1992.
- The win over Norfolk State saw the 'Roos attempt 29 free throws, the most since attempting 31 in the season-opener of last season against Northwest Missouri State.
- Kirk Korver put up his second consecutive game over 15 points (16) vs. Albany, the first time he has ever done that in his career. It was only his fourth career game with 15 or more points.
- 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
Ohio State comes into the contest with a 3-0 overall record after winning the Hall of Fame Tip-Off with victories over Rhode Island and Washington. The Buckeyes are 56-3 at home the last four seasons, with all three losses coming to ranked opponents.
They are led by current Big Ten Player of the Week and Tip-Off Tournament MVP Deshaun Thomas, who is averaging 25.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Aaron Craft starts at the point, and averages 17.0 points and five assists per contest, while Lenzelle Smith, Jr. is putting up 11.0 points and five boards a game.
As a team the Buckeyes average 76.0 points and allow 61.3 per game, while shooting 49.4 percent. They +5.0 in turnover margin as well.
Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 58-100* 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.
Thad Matta is in his ninth season as the head coach at Ohio State, and has an 224-65 record there. Last season he led the squad to a Final Four appearance and a 31-8 overall record. He has led OSU to five Big Ten regular season, and three tournament titles.
The Kangaroos and Buckeyes are meeting for the first time ever.
The 'Roos are 0-5 all-time against teams in the Big Ten, also falling to Wisconsin, Penn State, Northwestern, Minnesota and Michigan State.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
- UMKC would have its first win against a ranked opponent in school history.
- The 'Roos would have their first win over a Big Ten team ever, and the biggest win in school history.
- Kansas City would move above .500 for the first time since December 21 of last season.
Kansas City will open conference play with IUPUI coming to town on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. The contest will be televised on KSMO in Kansas City.
The 'Roos are 11-20 all-time against the Jaguars, but won the last meeting at home by a 64-62 margin. UMKC has won the last two meetings at home. Last season the two split the series 1-1.