UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)
Record at UMKC: 61-112* (6th year) Career Record: Same
IPFW Head Coach: Tony Jasick (Mars Hill, 2000)
Record at IPFW 20-30 (2nd year) Career Record: Same
Date / Time: January 19, 2013 - 6:00 p.m. CST
Site: Fort Wayne, Ind. / Memorial Coliseum (5,800)
Radio: 810 AM
Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p)
Live Stats: GoMastodons.com
Series: Kansas City trails 6-5
Last Meeting: IPFW won 76-73 in Kansas City, 2/25/12
Brown vs. Opponent: 4-6
Notables: The 'Roos play the final game of their road trip on Saturday night against Fort Wayne. Kansas City is 1-1 so far on the road swing, and looks to make it two in a row at Memorial Coliseum after knocking off the Mastodons there last season. IPFW comes in with a perfect 7-0 home record.
Kansas City Last 5: 1-4, last time out: lost at Oakland, 81-68
IPFW Last 5: 3-2, last time out: won vs. South Dakota, 62-60
- Estan Tyler scored a career and team season-high 25 points last week vs. South Dakota, and followed with his second career 20+ point game with 20 vs. Oakland. Those mark two of the four 20+ point performances for UMKC this season, with Chatmon and Staton recording one each.
- 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.
- The 'Roos have allowed their last three opponents to shoot at least 53 percent from the floor.
- Kansas City played only nine players on Thursday, matching the fewest it has played all year (also did vs. Kansas State and Utah Valley). On the season, nine different players have scored double figure points, with eight guys leading the team in points for at least a contest.
- Estan Tyler (.500) and Thomas Staton (.438) rank first and fifth in the league in three-point shooting, respectively, while Fred Chatmon's 7.2 rebounds per game this season rank third in the Summit League. Chatmon also ranks fourth in blocks (1.3 bpg) while Tyler is sixth in assists (3.4 apg).
- In the last five games, two players are averaging in double-figure points, Estan Tyler (16.3) and Thomas Staton (11.6). The 'Roos have shot .484 during the stretch, but have allowed .525 percent.
- The 'Roos set a school record last week, shooting 82.6 percent in the second half (19-of-23) vs. South Dakota. The old mark was set on January 13, 1990 against Northern Illinois at 75 percent (15-of-20).
- On Thursday, junior forward Trinity Hall played his first game since being hurt on December 16. Sophomore forward Alton Tanner was the only player out due to injury, sitting the last three games. Six different players have sat out games due to injury in the last month.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Fort Wayne enters the game after a 62-60 win over South Dakota on Thursday. The Mastodons are 9-11 overall and 2-4 in league play, while posting a 7-0 record at home this year.
The 'Dons are led by senior Frank Gaines, who is third in the Summit League at 18.5 points per game. The only other player in double figures is Luis Jacobo at 11.1 per contest. Mario Hines leads the 'Dons in rebounding at 5.9 a game.
As a team the Mastodons lead the league in offensive rebounding at 11.8 per game, while ranking second in rebound margin (+4.0). They score 65.6 and allow 64.8 points per contest.
Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 61-112* 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.
Tony Jasick is in his second season at IPFW, and has a 20-30 overall record there. Prior to becoming the head coach, he was an assistant for the Mastodons for seven seasons.
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, while Jasick is 1-1 as the head coach and 6-4 with the program.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
- Kansas City would have defeated IPFW for the second straight year on the road.
- Kansas City would have two road league wins for the first time since the 2010-11 season when it had four.
- The 'Roos would have evened the series record between the two teams at 6-6.
Kansas City will step out of conference for a game, facing Houston Baptist at home on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Swinney Recreation Center.
It will be the third meeting between the 'Roos and Huskies, with Kansas City holding a 2-0 lead. Both meetings were decided by double-digit points, with UMKC taking the last decision by a 73-51 score at home on December 21, 2010.
The 'Roos are 1-0 at home against the Huskies. They playing in Houston on February 6 as well.
Matt Brown has a 2-0 mark against HBU.