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First-Place Roos Head to CSU Bakersfield Thursday
UMKC Athletics 1-15-2019
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- UMKC (7-10, 2-0 WAC) heads on the road to Bakersfield, Calif., for its first away Western Athletic Conference (WAC) contest of the year. The tip-off Thursday against CSU Bakersfield (11-6, 3-1 WAC) is 9 p.m. CT. The Roos are the only undefeated team in the WAC and in first-place in the standings.

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#TeamKC Notes

  • With a 2-0 league mark, the Roos have their best 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 13-14 league season. UMKC finished WAC play with a 7-9 mark.
  • After opening the year 0-6, UMKC is winners in four out of its last six games and 7-4 since that winless start.
  • Playing at CSU Bakersfield has been a difficult task with the Roos winning one in five contests. UMKC last won at the Roadrunners facility on Jan. 25, 2014 (70-69) in the first-ever meeting. Overall, the Roos have dropped their last four at Bakersfield.
  • Scouting the Opponent - CSU Bakersfield is 3-1 in the conference, which is good for a tied second-place position with Grand Canyon. As a team, the highlights are rebounding as the Roadrunners hold a plus-4.5 edge with 36.6 per game. Jarkel Joiner leads the club with 13.1 points per game. James Suber is the team leader in rebounding (7.6).
  • CSU Bakersfield started off 3-4, but has since righted the ship going 8-2 in its last 10 games. The team has gone 3-1 in league play, which includes wins over Seattle, Utah Valley and UT Rio Grande Valley.
  • The Roadrunners are 6-0 at home this year with their average margin of victory at 16.3.
  • WAC stats -- In conference games only, UMKC leads in several team categories:
    • Scoring offense (82.0)
    • Steals per game (9.5)
    • Field goal percentage (50.0)
  • Home Sweet Home -- It is a ground-breaking time as the Blue and White plays 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. The move was done to bring the action to the heart of campus and enhance the energy and buzz in the crowd.
  • Last Game - UMKC stayed undefeated in the WAC with an 84-68 win against California Baptist on Jan. 10. The Roos turned a 35-31 halftime lead into a blow-out by out-scoring the visitors by 12 points. Brandon McKissic followed up his career-best 21 points last Saturday against Chicago State by sharing team-high scoring honors with 17 points, making 7 of 10 shots to go along with five rebounds, four steals and two assists.
  • Chasing History -- A few Roos are on the UMKC career record lists. Below are those marks.
  • Xavier Bishop
    • No. 18 in Career Points (841)
    • No. 9 in Career Assists (244)
  • Aleer Leek
    • No. 9 (tie) in Career Blocked Shots (49)
    • 104 career games played - 5 games shy of No. 10 for career games played
  • Rob Whitfield
    • No. 2 in Career 3-Point Field Goal Perc., Min 75 Attempts (48 for 110, 43.5%)
  • Fast Start - The 2-0 WAC start to the year is the best beginning in league play since the 2013-14 season. The Roos defeated Chicago State (Jan. 5) and California Baptist (Jan. 10).
  • Coach Kareem Richardson, in his sixth year at UMKC, stands with 71 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 15.9 points per game, while junior Rob Whitfield is at 12.2. On the glass, redshirt-junior Danny Dixon and junior Jamel Allen (4.4) lead the squad, while Bishop’s 4.3 assists also tops the team.
  • With 13 points in his most recent game vs. California Baptist, Bishop has reached double-figures in 14-straight games. Overall, he has topped 10-or-more points in 15-of-17 games this year.
  • 1,000-point countdown - Bishop currently stands with 841 career points, which puts him No. 18 on the career UMKC list. He trails Nick Richmond (1995-99) with 873 points. There are 11 Roos in the 1,000-point club, with Lavell Boyd (2015-17) being the most recent 1,000-point scorer.
  • 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 389-542 mark since the 1986-87 season.
  • Up Next - The Roos head to Phoenix for a date with Grand Canyon on Saturday with tip at 9 pm CT
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