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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 17, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Athletics Center O?rena (3,000) -- Rochester Hills, Michigan. Television: None. Home Record: UMKC 2-7, Oakland 4-0. Away Record: UMKC 2-5, Oakland 3-12. Neutral Record: UMKC 1-1, Oakland 0-0. Conference Record: UMKC 2-4, Oakland 2-3. Series Record: Oakland leads, 25-6
GAME NOTES: The Oakland Golden Grizzlies hope to reverse their fortunes as they return home to the Athletics Center O'rena for a Summit League bout against the UMKC Kangaroos.
Oakland owns a sizeable, 25-6 all-time series lead versus UMKC. The Golden Grizzlies cruised to an 89-56 rout in the last encounter a season ago, which took place in Kansas City on Feb. 23, 2012.
UMKC snapped a nine-game slide on Saturday with a 90-86 decision over South Dakota on the road. The victory raised the Kangaroos to a 5-13 overall record including its 2-4 mark in conference play. Coach Matt Brown's squad is still just 2-5 in away games. Brown made a bold decision by sending Estan Tyler to the bench for Saturday's contest, but the sophomore guard responded by pouring in a career-high 25 points to go along with five assists. His strong effort earned him the Summit League Player of the Week award. Over the past five games, Thomas Staton is producing 14.6 points per game while Tyler has contributed 14.3 ppg during that stretch. Fred Chatmon is an anchor in the paint with 7.2 points and 7.3 boards per tilt.
The Kangaroos set a school record by hitting 82.6 percent of their field goal attempts in the second half versus South Dakota. UMKC has now hit over 50 percent of its field goal tries in back-to-back contests after failing to reach that mark in eight of its previous nine outings. The team is scoring only 62.8 points per contest on the season while allowing 72.6 ppg to its opponents.
Oakland went winless during its recent three-game road trip, falling at Alabama (65-45), South Dakota State (81-74), and North Dakota State (73-65) to arrive at a 7-12 overall record and 2-3 league standing. Greg Kampe's Golden Grizzlies are a much different team in the O'rena, where they have yet to lose in four games this season. Oakland is led by junior guard Travis Bader, who is netting 19.6 points per game and ranks second in the nation with 73 makes from beyond the arc. Center Corey Petros posts 12.9 points and 8.1 boards per outing while point guard Duke Mondy adds 11.7 ppg in addition to his Summit League leading totals in steals (57) and assists (97).
Ryan Bass reached double figures for the third time in four games versus NDSU as he tallied a career-high 22 points. The 5-foot-9 junior led the way while Bader scored 21 for the second consecutive game. Oakland was unable to halt the Bison from hitting 60.5 percent of their field goal attempts, including 11-of-20 from 3-point range.
Oakland's lack of defensive prowess hurt it versus NDSU, but it should be able to withstand UMKC's weaker attack. Bader began to get back on track after recently enduring a cold streak from the field. If he gets it going, the Golden Grizzlies can compete with anyone in the conference.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oakland 70, UMKC 61
01/17 10:34:50 ET