Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
'Roos Look For Season Sweep Of Mastodons Thursday
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:02/13/2013
Fort Wayne 'Dons (10-16, 3-9) at Kansas City 'Roos (7-19, 4-8)

UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)

Record at UMKC: 63-117* (6th year) Career Record: Same

IPFW Head Coach: Tony Jasick (Mars Hill, 2000)

Record at IPFW 21-35 (2nd year) Career Record: Same

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Date / Time: February 14, 2013 - 7:05 p.m. CST

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

TV: KSMO-TV (Kansas City Region)

          Talent:  Neil Harwell (p-b-p), J.C. Pearson (analyst)

Radio: 810 AM

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

Webcast: UMKCKangaroos.com

Live Stats:  UMKCKangaroos.com

Twitter: @TheUMKCRoos

Series:  Series tied 6-6

          Home: 4-2

          Away: 2-4

          Neutral: 0-0

          Last Meeting: UMKC won 63-59 in Fort Wayne, 1/19/13

          Brown vs. Opponent: 5-6

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THE GAME

Notables: The 'Roos have a big contest in terms of seeding for the Summit League Tournament on Thursday when IPFW comes to town. The 'Roos would be the fifth seed if the tournament started today, while IPFW would be seeded seventh, but only a game separates the two.

Kansas City Last 5: 1-4, last time out: won vs. South Dakota, 80-65

IPFW Last 5: 1-4, last time out: lost vs. North Dakota State, 58-54

QUICK NOTES

- Kansas City announced last Thursday that it will be playing its final season in the Summit League and heading to the WAC starting July 1, 2013.

- Kansas City had 18 assists on Saturday vs. USD, the most since the second game of the season against Lincoln (Mo.), when they posted 20.

- Estan Tyler (.448) and Thomas Staton (.439) rank third and fourth 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 (3.1 apg).

- Kansas City got 28 points out of the post position on Saturday against USD, with Fred Chatmon and Brad Reid combining to shoot 11-of-14 from the floor.

- Chatmon's 20 points matched a career-best, and he did it in his first game back from injury, sitting out the three games prior.

- UMKC has had 10 different players score double figure points, and nine guys lead the team in points for a contest.

- The 'Roos got a career-high 17 points and career-best five threes from Nate Rogers on Saturday.

- Kirk Korver tallied 15 points against South Dakota, the second time he did that against USD this year. The 'Roos are now 6-1 (7-19 overall) on the season when he scores in double-figures, with the only loss coming by three to Albany.

- Alton Tanner is out due to injury, sitting the last 10 games. Six different players have sat out games due to injury this season.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION

Fort Wayne enters the game after a dropping three in a row, including two against two of the top three teams in the league. The 'Roos handed IPFW its first home loss of the year on January 19.

        The 'Dons are led by senior Frank Gaines, who is third in the Summit League at 19.3 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 5.6 a game.

        As a team the Mastodons lead the league in offensive rebounding at 11.4 per game, while ranking second in rebound margin (+3.5). They score 65.3 and allow 65.6 points per contest. They are last in the league in free throw percentage however, at 64.7.

THE COACHES

Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 63-117* 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 21-35 overall record there. Prior to becoming the head coach, he was an assistant for the Mastodons for seven seasons.

THE SERIES

It will be the 13th meeting between the 'Roos and Mastodons, with the series tied 6-6. The two squads split last season with each winning on the other's home floor. The 'Roos continued that trend earlier this year when it took a 63-59 win on January 19.

        At home, Kansas City is 4-2, but have lost the last two meetings there.

        Matt Brown has a 5-6 mark against IPFW, while Jasick is 1-2 as the head coach and 6-5 with the program.

A WIN WOULD MEAN...

- Kansas City would have won two games in a row for the first time this season.

- Kansas City would be two games up on the 'Dons with three to play in the conference.

- The 'Roos would have swept IPFW for the first time ever in a season, and won two in a row in the series for the first time since 2008.

UP NEXT

Kansas City continues its home swing with its final home game of the year, Senior Night on Saturday against Oakland. The game will be nationally televised on Fox College Sports, as well as locally on KSMO.

        It will be the 33rd meeting between the 'Roos and Grizzlies, with Oakland holding a 26-6 advantage. OU has won the last 13 meetings in the series dating back to a February 15, 2007 overtime win for UMKC, 80-76.

        At home, Kansas City is 4-10 and on a five-game skid there. The last win at home came in that 2007 overtime contest.

        Matt Brown has a 0-12 mark against OU while Greg Kampe is 26-6 vs. UMKC.

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