LARAMIE, Wyo. – UMKC men’s basketball (18-16) travels to Wyoming (19-14) for an 8 p.m. CT tipoff Monday at the Arena-Auditorium in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational Presented by FIVE FOUR. UMKC is playing in the first postseason in the program’s 30-year Division I history. The Roos defeated Green Bay 92-82 on Wednesday in the first round of the CBI in front of a full and loud Swinney Recreation Center on the UMKC campus.
First-team All-WAC selection LaVell Boyd (Chicago, Ill.) scored 28 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven assists in Wednesday’s victory. He was 8-for-13 from the floor and 5-for-7 from 3-point range. Early in the third quarter, he set the program’s single-season assists record. He now has 133 for this season, which is two more than the previous record.
Wyoming is 19-14 overall, finished 8-10 in the Mountain West Conference and is 15-3 in home games. Monday’s game is the first meeting between the teams and only the fourth contest UMKC has ever played against a Mountain West opponent. The Roos are 1-1 against Air Force and 0-1 at New Mexico. The last matchup against a Mountain West for was Dec. 22, 2011 at New Mexico. Before that, UMKC played Air Force in both the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons, winning 74-53 on Dec. 10, 1990 in Kansas City.
All-Time Series: 1st meeting
In Laramie: 0-0
In Kansas City: 0-0
Neutral Site: 0-0
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· UMKC is 18-16 overall and is coming off a 92-82 victory over Green Bay in the opening game of the College Basketball Invitational Presented by FIVE FOUR in the first postseason contest in the program's 30-year Division I history.
· Senior guard LaVell Boyd led UMKC with 28 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. He drained five 3-pointers and broke the program's single-season assists record early in the third quarter. He now has 133 dimes throughout the season, which is two more than the previous mark.
· Boyd was voted first-team All-WAC by the league's head coaches. He averages 18.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
· The Roos rank 31st nationally in 3-pointers (308), 40th in shots attempted from beyond the arc (820) and 43rd in 3-pointers per game (9.1).
· UMKC went on a 5-game winning streak from Jan. 31-Feb. 18. It was the first time the Roos took five straight since winning 11 in a row from Jan. 3-Feb. 3, 2005. UMKC had a 19.2-point average victory margin (87.2-68.0) during the run and shot 48 percent from the field during the run.
· UMKC has drained 308 shots from beyond the arc this season, which broke the previous program record of 283 3-pointers by the 2007-08 squad.
· The Roos will be playing the 34th game of the season, which becomes the most ever in program history.
· UMKC is averaging 77.4 points per game, which is the fifth-best mark in program history and the highest scoring average since 1992-93. The 1990-91 team, led by 19.3 points per game by UMKC Hall of Famer Ronnie Schmitz, posted the best mark in school history with 81.1 points per game.
· Boyd averages 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 65 career games (64 starts). He has drained 167 triples in that span, which ranks seventh in program history. He has scored 20-plus points 20 times and has reached double figures in scoring in 56 games during his 2-year career.
· Boyd became the 11th member of the program's 1,000-Point Club in the WAC Tournament overtime victory against UTRGV on March 9. He became the first 2-year junior college transfer in program history to go over 1,000 points for his career and enters Monday's game with 1,056 career points.
Following Monday’s quarterfinal round of the CBI, the four advancing teams will be rebracketed and locations will then be announced for Wednesday’s semifinal round. The best-of-3 championship series will be played on March 27, 29 and 31.
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