Missouri-Kansas City at No. 7 Wichita State
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Koch Arena, Wichita
TV: Cox 22
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Tickets: Still available
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Coach: Kareem Richardson, fifth season, 54-75
Current KenPom ranking: 308
Coach: Gregg Marshall, 11th season, 261-90
Current KenPom ranking: 4
News and notes
▪ UMKC is the last visiting team to win a game at Koch Arena in November. Since suffering a 66-63 loss on Nov. 19, 2008, Wichita State has won 25 straight home games in November. UMKC is one of three teams to have claimed a regular-season, non-conference win at Koch Arena in the Marshall era, as Wichita State has compiled a 61-3 record in the last decade.
▪ Wichita State has won 15 season-openers in a row and 23 of its last 24 with the lone loss coming against Delaware in the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2001. The Shockers have won 21 straight home openers with their last season-opening loss at home coming to Northern Illinois (77-52) on Dec. 4, 1995. Wichita State is 95-18 all-time in home openers.
▪ Wichita State leads the all-time series with UMKC 6-3 with a 4-1 record in Wichita. This is the first meeting since Nov. 29, 2010, a 71-52 WSU victory at Koch Arena. Gregg Marshall is 2-2 against the Roos, having lost the first two times in 2007 and 2008 before evening the series with wins in 2009 and 2010.
▪ Wichita State won its two exhibition games by an average of 47.5 points over a pair of Division II teams. UMKC won its exhibition game by 52 points over NAIA’s Sterling College.
▪ UMKC coach Kareem Richardson has deep Missouri Valley ties. He played his last two seasons at Evansville from 1995-97, then was an assistant at Indiana State (1999-02), Evansville (2003-07), and Drake (2008-11). This will be the 28th time Richardson has faced the Shockers as either a player or coach.
▪ UMKC assistant coach Conner Hampton is a Wichita native and attended high school at Kapaun Mount Carmel and Oxford. He played college basketball at Highland, then finished up his playing career at Tabor. He enters his third season as an assistant on Kareem Richardson’s staff.
▪ UMKC has another Wichita connection, as Aaron Hanshaw, the director of basketball operations, graduated magna cum laude from Wichita State in 2012. He is a former assistant coach at Heights, where the Falcons won a state championship in his lone season in 2010, and Hanshaw also spent two years as an assistant at Friends University.
▪ Nine of UMKC’s 13 scholarship players are newcomers, as the Roos lost all five starters from last season’s team. UMKC must replace 75 percent of its minutes from last season.
▪ Both teams set school-records with three-pointers last season, as UMKC connected on 308 and Wichita State knocked down 310. UMKC averaged 76.9 points, the highest average in the program since 1993. WSU averaged 81.0 points, the highest average in more than three decades.