UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)
Record at UMKC: 60-107* (6th year) Career Record: Same
UNO Head Coach: Darrin Hansen (Nebraska Wesleyan, 1991)
Record at UNO: 124-98 (8th year) Career Record: Same
Date / Time: December 31, 2012 - 5:00 p.m. CST
Site: Omaha, Neb. / Ralston Arena (3,500)
Radio: 102.9 FM / 1140 AM
Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p)
Webcast: omavs.com (Subscribers)
Live Stats: omavs.com
Series: Kansas City leads 1-0 (Division I)
Last Meeting: UMKC won 77-74 at home, 11/16/11
Brown vs. Opponent: 1-0
Notables: The 'Roos look to snap a five-game skid when they step back into conference play on New Year's Eve against first-year Summit League member Omaha at 5:00 p.m. The Mavericks come in on a two-game skid, and are still looking for their first Summit League win.
Kansas City Last 5: 0-5, last time out lost at No. 25 Kansas State, 52-44
Omaha Last 5: 1-4, last time out lost vs. South Dakota, 95-72
- Kansas City gets back into conference play with its next three games, playing both South Dakota State and North Dakota State at Municipal Auditorium this Thursday and Saturday.
- Fred Chatmon's 16 rebounds vs. Kansas State are the most for a UMKC player since Spencer Johnson pulled down 18 against Western Illinois on January 22, 2011. It was also the most against a major conference team since Lonni Alexander grabbed 17 against Texas A&M on December 20, 1996.
- The eight-point margin vs. No. 25 Kansas State was the closest ever for the 'Roos against a top-25 team. Previously it was 15 vs. No. 24 Kansas in 2008.
- Sophomore point guard Estan Tyler leads the 'Roos with 29.8 minutes played per game, nearly six more than the next closest player. His nine assists vs. SEMO were a career-best.
- Tyler has scored his four highest career point totals this year, and has been in double figures five times already (only had four last year). He matched his career-high with 17 vs. Iowa State.
- Kansas City had played at least 10 players in every game (until 9 vs. KSU), and at least 11 in all but two. Eight different players have scored double figure points, with seven different guys leading them in points. However, no one player averages double figure points.
- In the last five games, three players are averaging in double-figure points. Estan Tyler (10.4), Thomas Staton (11.0), and Nelson Kirksey (11.0). Fred Chatmon leads the team with 8.6 boards a game during the stretch, and has two 13 and a 16-rebound game this year already.
- Junior forward Trinity Hall has been out the last three games due to injury suffered on December 16, while Nelson Kirksey sat out against Kansas State due to injury.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Omaha is playing its fourth Summit League game, and comes in at 3-12 overall, 0-3 in conference play, falling to all three Dakota schools thus far. UNO is in its second year as a Division I school after transitioning from D-II.
The Mavericks are led by Justin Simmons with 12.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, while forward John Karhoff has posted 11.7 points per outing. They are led in rebounding by Alex Welhouse at 4.3 per contest.
As a team the Mavs allow 82.7 points per game and .487 shooting percentage. They also have a -9.1 rebound margin and -3.3 turnover margin. Offensively they score 64.9 points a game and shoot 43.3 percent.
Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 60-107* 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.
Darrin Hansen is in his eighth season as the head coach at UNO, and has a 124-98 overall record. Last year he led the Mavericks to an 11-18 mark in their first season in Division I. Prior to his time as the head coach, Hansen was an assistant at UNO for seven seasons, and ranks No. 2 all-time in wins there.
It will be the first time UMKC has faced the Mavericks in Omaha, and first as a member of the Summit League.
Last season they met for the first time as Division I schools, with Kansas City taking the game at home by a 77-74 score. This will be only the second meeting between the two schools in the Division I ranks.
Prior to Division I, UNO held a 4-2 advantage in the series.
Matt Brown is 1-0 vs. Derrin Hansen.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
- Kansas City would be 2-1 in conference play for the first time since 2009-10.
- Kansas City would have snapped a seven-game conference road losing streak, dating back to December 1, 2011 vs. IPFW.
- The 'Roos would improve to 2-0 against UNO under Brown.
Kansas City will host league favorite South Dakota State on Thursday night at Municipal Auditorium at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised on KSMO.
It will be the 14th meeting between the 'Roos and Jackrabbits, with SDSU holding an 8-5 lead in the series. The Jacks have won the last two contests, and six of the last seven. The last win for UMKC came on Jan. 27 2011 by a 63-58 score on the road.
At home, Kansas City is 3-4 overall, but have dropped the last three at home. The last win at home was Jan. 15, 2009 (69-67).