UMKC (3-4) at North Dakota (1-4)
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 5, 8:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Sioux Center (3,300) -- Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Television: Midco Sports Net. Home Record: UMKC 2-1, UND 1-0. Away Record:
UMKC 0-2, UND 0-4. Neutral Record: UMKC 1-1, UND 0-0. Conference Record: UMKC
1-1, UND 0-0. Series Record: UMKC leads 3-1.
GAMES NOTES: The UMKC Kangaroos begin a two-game road trip starting with
Wednesday's clash with the With North Dakota in a non-conference matchup at
the Sioux Center.
With losses in two of its last three games, UMKC will face North Dakota before
a road matchup with No. 5 Louisville on Saturday. The most recent loss for the
Kangaroos dropped them below .500 this season with the team coming in at 3-4
overall. Two of those losses come in UMKC's only other two road games this
It has been even tougher going for North Dakota which enters this game with a
mark of just 1-4, including a current three-game losing streak. The team does
have a win in their only other home game but that came against Division III
foe Crown College.
All four of the previous meetings between these squads have come since the
2008 season. North Dakota won the first meeting but the Kangaroos have taken
the last three to earn a 3-1 all-time series lead.
UMKC trailed for the entirety of its matchup with Western Illinois but did cut
the score to a single point (58-57) with just over three minutes remaining.
However the Kangaroos then went 1-of-5 from the field over the final minutes
in the losing effort. UMKC shot just 40.0 percent overall in the game but did
fight to even on the boards with each teams earning 30 rebounds. Thomas Staton
netted 15 points off the bench to pace the Kangaroos.
The offensive showing from the Kangaroos against the Leathernecks was right in
line with what UMKC has been putting up on a nightly basis. The Kangaroos
score 63.4 points per game and shoot 42.1 percent from the floor. UMKC only
assists on 10.6 field goals per game but has managed to stay even with
opposing squads on the boards with a slim +0.2 edge in rebounding. Kirk Korver
(10.1 ppg) is the only player on the roster scoring in double figures this
season. However Korver is a rather one-dimensional scorer with the bulk of his
offense coming from beyond the arc. Estan Tyler (9.1 ppg) is the closest thing
to a second option on the squad, while Fred Chatmon (7.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg) powers
the Kangaroos on the glass.
Although North Dakota has racked up losses this season the team's most recent
defeat was especially deflating. In a matchup with South Dakota State, North
Dakota led 70-58 with 1:01 remaining but suffered a 71-70 loss when Chad
White's 3-pointer went through the net as the buzzer sounded. In the final
minute the team missed a field goal attempt and a shot from the free-throw
line. Josh Schuler paced the team with 13 points.
Consistent offense has been as hard for North Dakota to attain as wins. The
squad is scoring a mediocre 64.4 points per game, shooting just 39.6 percent
from the field. Add in the team's less than spectacular defensive efforts, as
it allows an even 70.0 points per game, and the team has largely been fighting
an uphill battle. Aaron Anderson (12.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.0 apg) is a bit of a
do-it-all player, but has been hampered a bit but inconsistent shooting (31.4
FG percentage). Schuler (10.6 ppg) is much better in that regard at an even
50.0 percent from the floor. No other player on the squad is putting in more
than eight points per game.
It has been a struggle to put up points and wins consistently for both of
these teams. North Dakota may not be as terrible as its record might indicate
and with its home crowd behind it, is in its best possession for a win in a
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Dakota 65, UMKC 62
12/05 10:37:31 ET
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