KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC men’s basketball team returns to Municipal Auditorium for the first time since Nov. 16 on Tuesday when it hosts Central Michigan to open a three-game home stand. Tip-off between the Roos and the Chippewas is set for 7 p.m. CT.
Tuesday’s contest has been tabbed the ‘Kansas City Day’ game with the Roos wearing specially-designed Kansas City-themed uniforms from Charlie Hustle.
UMKC Roos (3-9) vs. Central Michigan Chippewas (8-2)
Date | Time: Tuesday, December 19 | 7 p.m. CT
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Site: Municipal Auditorium (9,827)
TV: KMCI (38 The Spot) – Neil Harwell & Joel Goldberg
Live Stats: www.umkcstats.com
Live Stream: WAC Digital Network
Radio: ESPN KC 99.3 FM
UMKC: Notes for Central Michigan Game | Men’s Basketball Homepage
Central Michigan: Men’s Basketball Homepage
Live In-Game Updates: @UMKCmbb
Tuesday’s game against the Chippewas will be second Tuesday contest of the season for UMKC, as the Roos played Georgia Southern on a Tuesday during the Gulf Coast Showcase earlier this season.
In Saturday’s game at Incarnate Word, UMKC blocked 10 shots as a team - just one shy of the program record of 11 that was set against Nicholls State in 1991.
UMKC is led on the court this season by Xavier Bishop (Springfield, Ill.), who is currently averaging 12.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. The sophomore has hit double-figure scoring in four-consecutive contests for the Roos. He has also contributed a team-high 38 assists.
Senior Broderick Robinson (Grand Junction, Colo.) is averaging 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He was 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.
All 12 eligible student-athletes have seen action so far this season for UMKC. Robinson and Aleer Leek (Juba, South Sudan) have started all 12 games for the Roos.
As a team, the Roos are shooting 70.6 percent from the free throw line, with Robinson, Bishop, Marvin Nesbitt Jr. (Chicago, Ill.), and Robert Knar (Mundelein, Ill.) all shooting better than 75 percent at the charity stripe.
The Roos are averaging 7.6 steals per game, compared to their opponents at 5.4 per contest. Robinson leads the team with 20 on the year, while Bishop has 14 and Marco Smith (Kansas City, Kan.) has 12.
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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