Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
Kansas City Starts Three-Game Home Stand with Mountaineers Sunday
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:12/14/2012
Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-7) at Kansas City 'Roos (4-5, 1-1 SL)

ASU Head Coach: Jason Capel (North Carolina, 2002)

Record at ASU: 30-40 (3rd year) Career Record: Same

UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)

Record at UMKC: 60-103* (6th year) Career Record: Same

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Date / Time: December 16, 2012 - 1:05 p.m. CST

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

TV: None

          Talent: -

Radio: 1510 AM

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

Webcast: UMKCKangaroos.com (Roos TV Subscribers)

Live Stats:  UMKCKangaroos.com

Twitter: @TheUMKCRoos

Series:  First Meeting

          Home: 0-0

          Away: 0-0

          Neutral: 0-0

          Last Meeting: Never

         Brown vs. Opponent: 0-0

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THE GAME

Notables: The 'Roos start a three-game home stand on Sunday with Appalachian State coming to town for the first meeting ever between the two schools. Kansas City looks to get back to .500 for the fifth time this season, while the Mountaineers are are gunning to snap a seven-game skid.

Kansas City Last 5: 2-3, last time out lost at No. 5 Louisville, 99-47

Appalachian St. Last 5: 0-5, last time out lost at Western Carolina, 70-64

QUICK NOTES

- Kansas City is playing three home games in seven days, the longest home stand of the season until playing three in a row at home from Jan. 3-9.

- Kansas City has played at least 10 players in every game, and at least 11 in all but one. Eight different players have scored double figure points, with seven different guys leading them in points. However, no player on the team averages double figure points.

- Thomas Staton and Nelson Kirksey have started the last two games at the forward position, the first starts of the year for both.

- In the last four games, Staton leads the team with 11.3 points per contest, while Nate Rogers is a 10.0 per game, Fred Chatmon is at 9.5 points and 7.8 boards a game, and Nelson Kirksey is averaging 8.8 points per outing, along with five boards a contest.

- Junior center Fred Chatmon tallied 10 points and 13 rebounds vs. North Dakota. His double-double was the first for UMKC since January 19 of last season (Trinity Hall), and only the second overall among players on the current roster.

- The 'Roos have followed every loss this season with a win, and every win with a loss.

- Estan Tyler leads the 'Roos with 28.1 minutes played per game this season, five more than the next closest player. He has scored his two highest career point totals this year as well.

- At North Dakota was the first road win for UMKC since December 10, 2011 vs. Southeast Missouri State.

- The 52-point loss to Louisville was the second-largest margin of loss in school history.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION

Appalachian State comes into the weekend on a seven-game losing streak, with several close defeats along the way. The Mountaineers have a 1-7 mark, and will be making their second trip to the state of Missouri, falling to the Tigers by 16.

        They are led by sophomore swingman Jay Canty, who puts up 18.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, while forward Nathan Healy averages 13.8 points and 6.0 boards an outing. Sophomore guard Tab Hamilton is the third player in double-figures at 11.8 per outing.

        As a team the Mountaineers play fast-paced, allowing 78.1 points per game, while scoring 71.5 per outing. They are solid on the glass, out-rebounding opponents by 0.5 per contest.

THE COACHES

Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 60-103* 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.

        Jason Capel is in his third season as the head coach of Appalachian State and has a 30-40 record there. He is a former player at North Carolina, playing in the 2000 Final Four. His brother Jeff played at Duke and is also a coach, currently at Duke.

THE SERIES

The Kangaroos and Appalachian State are meeting for the first time ever.

        Kansas City is 3-1 against teams from the Southern Conference, defeating Wofford last season, posting a 2-0 mark against Samford, and falling to Tennesee-Chattanooga.

A WIN WOULD MEAN...

- Kansas City would have answered its last five losses with wins.

- The 'Roos would move its record to 4-2 against Division I mid-major schools this season.

- Kansas City would have a 3-1 home record this season, and move back to .500 for the fifth time overall.

UP NEXT

Kansas City will face its first BCS conference opponent at home since December 30, 2003 against Kansas State, when Big 12 member Iowa State comes to Municipal Auditorium for a 7:05 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday.

        It will be the first ever meeting with the Cyclones.

        Kansas City is 6-31 against teams from the current Big 12, with four wins against Baylor, one against K-State, and one vs. Texas Tech.

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