RALEIGH, N.C. – The UMKC men’s basketball team will head east for a contest at NC State on Saturday. Tip-off between the Roos and the Wolfpack is set for 1 p.m. CT in a game that has been tabbed the Heritage Game and will be played at the Reynolds Coliseum, where NC State played from 1949 to 1999.
UMKC Roos (3-7) vs. NC State Wolfpack (7-2)
Date | Time: Saturday, December 9 | 1 p.m. CT
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Site: Reynolds Coliseum (14,000)
Live Stats: www.sidearmstats.com
Live Stream: ACC Network Extra
NC State: Men’s Basketball Homepage
Live In-Game Updates: @UMKCmbb
Saturday’s game against the Wolfpack will be UMKC’s first Saturday game of the season. The Roos went 5-6 in Saturday contests a season ago.
UMKC is led on the court this season by senior Broderick Robinson (Grand Junction, Colo.), who is averaging 13.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He has hit double figures in scoring in three of UMKC’s last five games and was also named to the Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament Team after averaging 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while going 15-for-16 at the free throw line, in three games at the tournament.
In UMKC’s 65-55 win at UT Martin on Nov. 26, sophomore Isaiah Ross (Davenport, Iowa) became the first Roo since standout LaVell Boyd against South Dakota in 2015 to make 10-plus field goals in a single game.
As a team, the Roos are shooting 72.7 percent from the free throw line, with Robinson, Giles, Marvin Nesbitt Jr. (Chicago, Ill.), Steve Dulley (Kansas City, Mo.), Robert Knar (Mundelein, Ill.) and Xavier Bishop (Springfield, Ill.) all shooting better than 75 percent at the charity stripe.
The Roos are averaging 7.4 steals per game, compared to their opponents at 5.1 per contest. Robinson leads the team with 19 on the year, while Bishop has nine.
Kareem Richardson’s troop features six returning letterwinners and welcomes nine newcomers this season. The Roos will look to the senior leadership of Robinson, as UMKC lost all five of its starters from 2016-17. Robinson, along with Bishop played in all 35 games for the Roos last season, while Ross made an appearance in 34 contests. Richardson enters his fifth year at the helm of the Roos program.
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