IUPUI Head Coach: Todd Howard (Louisville, 1993)
Record at IUPUI: 20-42 (2nd year) Career Record: Same
UMKC Head Coach: Matt Brown (Shippensburg, 1994)
Record at UMKC: 63-121* (6th year) Career Record: Same
Date / Time: March 2, 2013 - 6:30 p.m. CST
Site: Indianapolis, Ind. / The Jungle (1,215)
Radio: 102.9 FM/1140 AM
Talent: Steven Davis (p-b-p)
Live Stats: IUPUIJags.com
Series: Kansas City trails 20-12
Last Meeting: Kansas City won 79-65 at home, 11/29/12
Brown vs. Opponent: 3-10
Notables: The 'Roos head to Indianapolis for the final regular season game on Saturday night. The 'Roos and Jaguars are in eighth and ninth place in the league standings, respectively. UMKC looks to break a four-game skid and improve its seed in the league tourney, while IUPUI is looking snap a 14-game skid. It is locked into the No. 8 seed.
Kansas City Last 5: 1-4, last time out: lost at Western Illinois, 53-50
IUPUI Last 5: 0-5, last time out: lost vs. South Dakota, 87-69
- Kansas City announced February 7 that it will be playing its final season in the Summit League and heading to the WAC starting July 1, 2013.
- Kansas City will be either the No. 6 or No. 7 seed in the upcoming Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D.
- To get the No. 6 seed, UMKC must defeat IUPUI, and South Dakota must lose to Western Illinois.
- To get the No. 7 seed, either South Dakota must defeat Western Illinois, or UMKC must lose to IUPUI.
- Kansas City put up 39 points in the first half at Western Illinois, the most the Leathernecks have allowed in the opening period all season. The 'Roos his 71.4 percent from the field.
- The 11 points UMKC scored in the second half was a season-low, lowering a 12-point half at NDSU.
- Estan Tyler (.445) ranks third in the league in three-point shooting, while Fred Chatmon's 7.6 rebounds per game this season rank third in the Summit League. Chatmon also ranks fourth in blocks (1.0 bpg) while Tyler is sixth in assists (3.0 apg).
- The 'Roos have used 18 different starting lineups this season, with all but one player starting at least two times.
- The 'Roos are 6-1 (7-19 overall) on the season when Kirk Korver scores in double-figures, with the only loss coming by three to Albany.
- Six different players have sat out games due to injury this season and Thursday was the first time since November that every player was healthy enough to play.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
IUPUI comes in with a 6-24 overall record and is 1-14 in Summit League play. The Jags have lost 14 consecutive games, dating back to a win on December 27 against IPFW.
The Jaguars have battled injures and ineligible players this year, but are paced by Mitchell Patton with 13.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Donovan Gibbs is putting up 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per outing, and Greg Rice is averaging 8.8 points per contest. John Hart and Ian Chiles are both out of the lineup.
As a team the Jaguars average 66.8 points and allow 77.9 per game, while shooting 44.4 percent. The Jags have 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio, but allow opponents to shoot 49 percent.
Matt Brown is in his sixth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and has a 63-121* 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.
Todd Howard is in his second season as the head coach at IUPUI, and has a 20-42 overall record. He spent the previous 16 seasons as an assistant/associate coach for IUPUI under Ron Hunter. He is a 1993 graduate of Louisville, where he played under Denny Crum, making three NCAA Tournaments.
The Kangaroos and Jaguars are meeting for the 33rd time, with IUPUI holding a 20-12 advantage. The 'Roos have won the last two meetings, both in Kansas CIty, including a 79-65 win in the conference opener.
The Kangaroos have lost their last seven in Indianapolis, and have a 5-9 mark there. The last win there came in January of 2005.
Matt Brown has a 3-10 mark against IUPUI, while Todd Howard is 1-2 vs. UMKC as a head coach, and 19-10 vs. the 'Roos as an assistant.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
- Kansas City would have a sweep over IUPUI for the first time since 2005.
- Kansas City would have a chance to get the No. 6 seed in the Summit League Tournament, paired with a USD loss.
- The 'Roos would have more road conference wins than home wins for the first time in school history.
Kansas City heads to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the Summit League Tournament. The 'Roos will be either the No. 6 or No. 7 seed in the tournament, meaning they would play either, Sunday or Saturday, respectively.
UMKC is 0-3 under Matt Brown at the conference tournament, missing it last season and in 2009.