UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)
Record at UMKC: 62-114* (6th year) Career Record: Same
NDSU Head Coach: Saul Phillips (Wisconsin-Plattville, 1996)
Record at NDSU: 100-72 (6th year) Career Record: Same
Date / Time: January 31, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. CST
Site: Fargo, N.D. / Bison Sports Arena (5,830)
Radio: 810 AM
Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p)
Webcast: UMKCKangaroos.com (UMKC Subscribers get free)
Live Stats: UMKCKangaroos.com (via NDSU)
Series: Kansas City trails 9-4
Last Meeting: NDSU won 63-44 in Kansas City, 1/5/13
Brown vs. Opponent: 3-8
Notables: The 'Roos play the first of three consecutive road games on Thursday, starting with second place North Dakota State. The 'Roos have won two of their last three games on the road in conference play, while NDSU comes in after losing their last two games on the road.
Kansas City Last 5: 2-3, last time out: lost vs. Omaha, 67-59
NDSU Last 5: 3-2, last time out: lost at South Dakota State, 69-53
- Brad Reid earned his first career start on Saturday vs. Omaha, and responded with a career night, logging his first ever double-double with 12 points and a career-high 13 boards. He became just the second player on the team this season to add a double-double to his resume.
- Reid became the 10th different player on the team to have scored double figure points, and the ninth guy to lead the team in points for a contest.
- Kansas City have won 2-of-3 games on the road in league play. It was the first time the 'Roos have done that since January 27-February 5 of 2011.
- Conversely, the 'Roos have lost nine in a row at home, four of which have been league games. In those games, UMKC is allowing opponents to shoot .502 from the field, while hitting .423 on offense. The 'Roos also posted an 87-to-121 assist to turnover ratio, while opponents are at 136-to-105.
- The 'Roos have allowed their last five conference opponents to shoot at least 48 percent from the floor. Offensively, UMKC has shot at least 48 percent in three of its last four league games.
- Estan Tyler (.471) and Thomas Staton (.463) rank second and third in the league in three-point shooting, respectively, while Fred Chatmon's 7.6 rebounds per game this season rank third in the Summit League. Chatmon also ranks fourth in blocks (1.2 bpg) while Tyler is sixth in assists (3.3 apg).
- In the last five games, two players are averaging in double-figure points, Estan Tyler (16.2) and Thomas Staton (13.0). The 'Roos have shot .475 during the stretch, but have allowed .504 percent.
- Sophomore forward Alton Tanner was the only player out due to injury, sitting the last six games. Six different players have sat out games due to injury in the last month.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
North Dakota State comes in with a 16-5 overall record (ranked No. 17 in the Mid-Major Top 25) and a 7-2 record in conference play. The Bison have lost their last two games against the other two top teams in the league on the road (SDSU, WIU).
They were led by junior guard Taylor Braun, who is fourth in the league in scoring at 15.2 points per game, but he was injured and has not played the last three games. He also pulls down 5.1 rebounds and has 50 assists. Forward Marshall Bjorklund scores 12.3 points on a national-best .710 percent shooting, and a team-best 5.9 boards a game. Lawrence Alexander is averaging 10.3 points and has a team-best 82 assists.
As a team the Bison lead the conference in scoring margin at +12.3 points per game, and hold opponents to a league best 38 percent shooting. The Bison also hold opponents to only 56.8 points a game.
Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 62-114* 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.
Saul Phillips is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bison, posting a 100-72 overall record. He led NDSU to the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and to the CBI last season.
It will be the 14th meeting between the 'Roos and Bison, with NDSU holding a 9-4 lead in the series. Bison won 63-44 in Kansas City on Jan. 5. They have split the season series in each of the last three seasons.
At Fargo, Kansas City is 1-5 against NDSU, winning only in 2010 by a 58-56 score.
Matt Brown is 3-8 vs. Saul Phillips, while Phillips has a 9-4 record against Kansas City.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
- Kansas City would have won three of its last four on the road in conference play for the first time since Jan. 17-Feb 11 of 2011.
- Kansas City would have defeated NDSU on the road for the second time ever.
- The 'Roos would have defeated a team with a winning record for the first time since taking out the Bison on Feb. 12, 2012.
Kansas City heads to South Dakota State Saturday for a 4:05 p.m. contest that will be televised nationally on Fox College Sports.
It will be the 15th meeting between the 'Roos and Jackrabbits, with SDSU holding a 9-5 lead in the series. The Jacks have won the last three contests, and seven of the last eight. The last win for UMKC came on Jan. 27, 2011 by a 63-58 score on the road.
On the road, Kansas City is 2-4 overall against SDSU.
Matt Brown is 4-7 vs. Scott Nagy, while Nagy has a 9-5 record against Kansas City.