KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- UMKC (6-10, 1-1 WAC) tangles with California Baptist (9-6, 1-1 WAC) on Thursday from Swinney Center on the UMKC campus with tip at 6 p.m. CT. This marks the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Lancers became the ninth member of the Western Athletic Conference on July 1, 2018 transitioning from NCAA Division II.
For Thursday, fans can buy one ticket and get one free by showing your business ID. Also, UMKC students enter the game free of charge by showing their student ID at the Swinney ticket booth. Call 844-UMKC-FAN or visit UMKCkangaroos.com for more ticket information.
- The match-up pits the two leading scorers in the WAC: California Baptist’s Milan Acquaah (22.9 - first) and
UMKC’s Xavier Bishop (16.1 - second).
- After a 90-82 win against Chicago State on Jan. 5 to open up WAC play, the Roos are seeking their first 2-0
conference start since the 2013-14 season. In coach Kareem Richardson’s first year, UMKC defeated Idaho
and Seattle in two road meetings to lift off the league season. UMKC finished WAC play with a 7-9 mark.
- It is a ground-breaking time as the Blue and White play all of its conference home games at Swinney Center
on the UMKC campus for the first time since the 2012-13 season. That year, UMKC played its final six home
games at Swinney, as members of the Summit League. Historically, UMKC played home games at Municipal
Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
- UMKC has won five out of its last eight contests overall after starting the season 0-5. In that winning stretch,
the Roos won back-to-back road games for the first time in four seasons.
- After starting the year 2-4, California Baptist has gone 7-2 in its last nine games to stand 9-6 overall. The
Lancers opened up WAC play by downing league-favorite New Mexico State on Jan. 3, 82-76. Thursday’s
contest in Kansas City is the first on the road for the Lancers since Dec. 19, 2018.
- Scouting the Opponent - Milan Acquaah, the reigning WAC Player of the Week, leads the conference in
scoring (22.9) and tops the club in steals (1.8). He also is second in assists (3.0) and rebounding (5.5).
- Last Game - With the win against Chicago State on Jan. 5, UMKC moved to 3-3 all-time in WAC openers
snapping a two-game skid. Brandon McKissic notched a season-high 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting. As a
team, the Roos shot 25 of 32 from the charity stripe and forced 15 turnovers.
- Coach Kareem Richardson, in his sixth year at UMKC, stands with 70 wins. That amount puts him No. 3 on
the all-time Roo coaching win list (in NCAA era). He looks up on the list at coach Rich Zvosec, who coached
six seasons from 2001-06, with 84 wins.
- Early on this season, junior Xavier Bishop tops the Roos at 16.1 points per game, while junior Rob Whitfield
is at 12.6. On the glass, redshirt-junior Danny Dixon and junior Jamel Allen (4.4) lead the squad, while Bishop’s
4.4 assists also tops the team.
- With 14 points in his most recent game vs. Chicago State, Bishop has reached double-figures in 13-straight
games. Overall, he has topped 10-or-more points in 14-of-16 games this year.
- 1,000-point countdown - Bishop currently stands with 828 career points, which puts him No. 17 on the career
UMKC list. He trails Nick Richmond (1995-99) with 873 points. There are 10 Roos in the 1,000-point club.
- Road Warriors - UMKC won back-to-back road games on Dec. 1 at Purdue Fort Wayne and Dec. 8 at South
Dakota for the first time since 2014-15 when they beat Utah Valley 66-59 in Orem on Jan. 31. 2015 and
Chicago State 61-50 in Chicago on Feb. 14, 2015.
- Preseason Poll - The Roos were picked to finish seventh in the WAC Preseason poll by both the coaches and
the media, while New Mexico State and Grand Canyon were chosen first and second in both polls.
- The Roos are playing in their 33rd year of NCAA basketball and currently hold a 388-542 mark since the
- Up Next - The Roos hit the road for the first WAC away contests with a visit to CSU Bakersfield on Jan. 17 and
Grand Canyon on Jan. 19.