Kansas City 'Roos (5-13, 2-4) at Oakland Grizzlies (7-12, 2-3)
UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)
Record at UMKC: 61-111* (6th year) Career Record: Same
OU Head Coach: Greg Kampe (Bowling Green, 1978)
Record at OU: 497-361 (29th year) Career Record: Same
Date / Time: January 17, 2013 - 6:00 p.m. CST
Site: Rochester Hills, Mich. / O'Rena (3,000)
Radio: 810 AM
Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p)
Live Stats: OUGrizzlies.com
Series: Kansas City trails 25-6
Last Meeting: OU won 89-56 in Kansas City, 2/23/12
Brown vs. Opponent: 0-11
Notables: The 'Roos come into the matchup with Oakland after their first road win in conference play since December of 2011 vs. IPFW. Kansas City and OU are fighting for fifth place in the league standings, with Oakland coming in on a three-game losing streak.
Kansas City Last 5: 1-4, last time out: won at South Dakota, 90-86
OU Last 5: 2-3, last time out: lost at North Dakota State, 73-65
- The 'Roos set a school record on Saturday, shooting 82.6 percent in the second half (19-of-23). The old mark was set on January 13, 1990 against Northern Illinois at 75 percent (15-of-20).
- Estan Tyler came off the bench for the first time this season on Saturday, and responded with a career and team season-high 25 points. He also had five assists and no turnovers, only the second turnover-free game this season (vs. UND).
- Tyler was named the Summit League Player of the Week on Monday, becoming the first 'Roo to earn that honor since Jay Cousinard on November 22, 2010.
- Kansas City had played at least 10 players in every game but two. Nine different players have scored double figure points, with eight guys leading the team in points for at least a contest.
- Fred Chatmon's 7.3 rebounds per game this season rank third in the Summit League, while Estan Tyler (.492) and Thomas Staton (.452) rank second and fifth in the league in three-point shooting, respectively. Chatmon also ranks fourth in blocks (1.3 bpg) while Tyler is fifth in assists (3.5 apg).
- The 'Roos have been behind at halftime in each of the past 10 games. Kansas City snapped the streak of losing those contests, defeating USD last time out (1-12).
- In the last five games, two players are averaging in double-figure points, Thomas Staton (14.6) and Estan Tyler (14.3). Fred Chatmon leads the team with 6.2 boards a game during the stretch.
- Junior forward Trinity Hall has been out the last eight games due to injury suffered on December 16. Sophomore forward Alton Tanner sat out vs. South Dakota due to injury as well. Six different players have sat out games due to injury in the last month.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Oakland enters the contest with a 7-12 overall record, and is 2-3 in conference play. The Grizzlies have defeated IUPUI and Omaha in league action, with losses on the road to the top three teams; WIU, SDSU and NDSU.
The Grizzlies are led by guard Travis Bader's 19.6 points per game (3.8 threes made per game), while center Corey Petros puts up 12.9 points and 8.1 boards (second in SL) per contest. Also in double figures is point guard Duke Mondy, who puts up 11.7 points per outing, and leads the Summit League in both steals (57) and assists (97).
As a team the Grizzlies lead the conference in steals per game (8.7) and turnover margin, forcing 15.2 miscues per outing. They shoot 23.4 free throws per game, ranking No. 1 in the league as well. They have allowed opponents to shoot .493, ranking last in the conference.
Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 61-111* 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.
Greg Kampe is in his 29th season at Oakland, and has a 497-361 overall record there. He has led OU to a pair of conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in the last three seasons.
It will be the 32nd meeting between the 'Roos and Grizzlies, with Oakland holding a 25-6 advantage. OU has won the last 12 meetings in the series dating back to a February 15, 2007 overtime win for UMKC, 80-76.
At OU, Kansas City is 2-12 and on a six-game skid there. The last win on the road for the 'Roos came by a 84-81 score on February 11, 2006.
Matt Brown has a 0-11 mark against OU while Greg Kampe is 25-6 vs. UMKC.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
- Kansas City would have defeated Oakland for the first time under Matt Brown.
- Kansas City would have snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Grizzlies dating back to February of 2007.
- The 'Roos would have won at Oakland for the first time since February of 2006.
Kansas City will continue its road swing on Saturday at Fort Wayne for a 6:00 p.m. CT contest at Memorial Coliseum.
It will be the 12th meeting between the 'Roos and Mastodons, with IPFW holding a 6-5 advantage. The two squads split last season with each winning on the other's home floor. The 'Roo win last season marked the first ever at IPFW. The last meeting went to the 'Dons in the season finale of 2012 though, taking the 'Roos out of a berth in the conference tournament, 76-73.
At IPFW, Kansas City is 1-4, including the 81-66 win there last season.
Matt Brown has a 4-6 mark against IPFW.