DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 18th, 5:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Swinney Recreation Center (1,500) -- Kansas City, Missouri. Television: None. Home Record: WSU 9-7, UMKC 6-5. Away Record: WSU 3-8, UMKC 2-13. Neutral Record: WSU 0-1, UMKC 2-0. Conference Record: WSU 7-9, UMKC 4-12. Series Record: Wright State leads, 2-0.
GAME NOTES: Midwest foes square off in a BracketBusters game this afternoon, as the UMKC Kangaroos entertain the Wright State Raiders at the Swinney Recreation Center in Kansas City.
Wright State has struggled its way to a 12-16 overall record and even though it has a respectable 7-9 mark in the Horizon League, it's looking up at seven teams ahead in the standings. After winning four in a row to close out the month of December, the Raiders have lost eight of 12 in the new year, having last tasted defeat against Detroit on Wednesday, 71-55.
UMKC has fared even worse thus far, going 10-18 overall and it is currently tied for last place in the Summit League with a 4-12 league ledger. The Kangaroos suffered through an eight-game losing streak in December and January, and they are currently losers of five of their last six, including a 47-42 setback to Western Illinois on Wednesday.
Wright State owns a 2-0 lead in the all-time series with UMKC, the Raiders winning both meetings in 1991.
Wright State is plagued by one of the worst offenses in the nation, scoring a mere 57.9 ppg on 39.6 percent field goal efficiency. The Raiders' struggles continued in Wednesday's loss to Detroit, as they shot just 38.9 percent from the field and 4-of-12 from three-point range, and they have now scored fewer than 60 points in five of their last six games. Julius Mays paced the Raiders in the loss as he has all season long, scoring 16 points. Mays averages 14 ppg, hands out 2.5 apg and ranks second in the Horizon League in free-throw percentage (.831). Reggie Arceneaux is the team's next-highest scorer at 8.9 ppg, but connects on just 37.9 percent of his shots overall. Wright State can at least hang its hat on having the league's second-best defense, allowing opponents to score just 60.6 ppg.
UMKC has a poor offense (64.5 ppg) and a mediocre defense (70.1 ppg) which results in a Summit League-low scoring margin of -5.6. While the Kangaroos held Western Illinois to only 47 points in Wednesday's game, they shot just 39.5 percent from the field and 4-of-14 from the three-point line en route 42 points, their second-lowest total of the year. Reggie Chamberlain still manages to get his in a stagnant offense, ranking seventh in the league in scoring at 17.2 ppg while draining 47.2 percent of his three-pointers. Trinity Hall is the only other Kangaroo to average double figures on the year, chipping in 10.5 ppg. UMKC has been dominated on the boards this season with a rebounding margin of -6.4.
Though UMKC has not fared well outside its conference, it has challenged itself with some difficult games against the likes of Michigan State, Wisconsin, SE Missouri State among others. With the support of their home fans, expect the Kangaroos to leap past the struggling Raiders.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UMKC 61, Wright State 59
02/18 10:44:08 ET
Copyright ??2010 Athlon Sports, Inc. Athlon Sports and the Athlon Sports logo are trademarks of Athlon Sports, Inc. | About Us