February 18, 2012 - 4:05 p.m. (Central)
Swinney Recreation Center * Kansas City, Mo.
TV: Fox College Sports (Neil Harwell, Michael Watson)
Radio: 810 AM (Steven Davis, Steven St. John)
Promotions: Coaches vs. Cancer Game (UMKC Coaches will wear sneakers; Coach Matt Brown head-on-a-stick available for donation; donations will be accepted to go towards Cancer Research).
The Kangaroos are at home the rest of the season and step out of conference play to take part in the Sears BracketBuster event on Saturday, with Wright State coming to town for a rare 4:05 p.m. tipoff. The game will be televised on Fox College Sports, live from Swinney Recreation Center.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Wright State comes in with a 12-16 overall mark, and a 7-9 record in Horizon League play. It was a member of the Mid-Con for three seasons from 1991-94.
They are led by junior guard Julius Mays, who is the only player in double figures at 14.0 points per game. He also leads the team in assists and steals. The leading rebounder is Armond Battle at 3.6 per game, while guard Reggie Arceneaux puts up 8.9 points per outing to rank second on the squad
As a team, WSU holds its opponents to only 60.6 points per contest, but scores only 57.9 per game. The Raiders shoot 39.6 percent from the field. They have a +2.9 turnover margin though, forcing opponents into 16.8 miscues a game.
Matt Brown is in his fifth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program, and comes off his most successful season at the helm. In 2010-11, he posted his first winning record at 16-14 overall. The 'Roos also posted the third-most home wins in school history, going 11-4 in Kansas City, and the third-most overall wins in program history.
Brown joined the 'Roos as the eighth head coach in school history on April 12, 2007. In his five seasons as head coach, Brown has guided UMKC to a 52-95 overall record and has coached seven players to all-Summit League recognition.
Billy Donlan is in his second season as the head coach of the Raiders, with a 31-30 overall record. He spent four years previous to that as the associate head coach at WSU. He led the Raiders to a 19-14 overall record in his first season. He played at UNC-Wilmington in college, and professionally in Germany.
The Kangaroos and Raiders are meeting for the 3rd time, but have not faced each other since the 1990-91 season. The Raiders lead the series 2-0, winning both games in 1991 by 98-90, and 101-90 scores, at home and away.
Matt Brown has a 0-0 mark against WSU, while Billy Donlan is 0-0 vs. UMKC. The two have seen each other on the court before, as Brown was a coach at Richmond when Donlan was a player and coach at conference foe UNC-Wilmington.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
- UMKC would have snapped a two-game skid overall, and improve its home record to 7-5.
- UMKC would have defeated the Raiders for the first time in school history, improving to 1-2.
- UMKC would improve its non-conference record to 7-6, going above .500 for the first time since Dec. 16.
- In the single season books, Reggie Chamberlain is now tied for eighth with 85 threes. He needs one to pass Michael Watson's 2000-01 season, and six to move into seventh.
- Chamberlain now has 140 career threes and needs 14 more to take sole possession of seventh. His current 3.0 made per game is third all-time at UMKC, while his percentage of .442 would be first.
- Chamberlain is now 14th on the all-time scoring list at UMKC (started the season 49th). He has 829 points now, and is the 14th player to reach 800 pts at UMKC. He needs 45 points to pass Nick Richmond in 13th.
- Dustin Dibble will be playing in his 108th career college basketball game on Wednesday, and needs two to move into a tie for ninth at UMKC with 109.
The Sears BracketBuster game with Wright State (Ohio) is the latest non-conference game for UMKC since 2002 when it faced IPFW on Feb. 26.
This is the first time the entire league has taken part in BracketBusters, while 142 teams across the country are playing. This is also UMKC's first time to play in it, with only ORU, NDSU and SDSU repeating.