UMKC vs. Tennessee Tech: Full Game Preview
|UMKC||E Tyler 11.4||F Chatmon 7.7||E Tyler 3.0|
|Tennessee Tech||J Dillard 19.1||J Dillard 7.8||J Samarrippas 4.3|
On Saturday, Missouri-Kansas City visits Eblen Center to take on Tennessee Tech. It all starts at 8 p.m. EST. The Kangaroos have not played the Golden Eagles since the 1990-91 season, when they fell 84-74.
In spite of 18 points from Nelson Kirksey, the Kangaroos came up short 86-74 against Oakland on Feb. 16. He contributes 3.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 7.4 points per game. For the Golden Eagles, Jeremiah Samarrippas put up 14 points and 9 assists in the 83-68 blowout of Tennessee-Martin on Feb. 21. With 4.3 assists per game and 1.8 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
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- Missouri-Kansas City is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Missouri-Kansas City is 213 lbs compared to 205 lbs for Tennessee Tech.
- The Missouri-Kansas City three-point leader (Estan Tyler, 50 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Tennessee Tech three-point leader (Jeremiah Samarrippas, 43 three-pointers).
- Last year the Summit League had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Ohio Valley.
- The worst team in the Summit League has a higher RPI than the worst team in the Ohio Valley (No. 297 vs. No. 314).
- Last year the Summit League lost fewer non-conference blowout games than the Ohio Valley (13 vs. 22).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Missouri-Kansas City currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (960 to 956) than Tennessee Tech, per the NCAA.
- Missouri-Kansas City has a stronger schedule than Tennessee Tech this season (SOS Rank: No. 159 vs. No. 196).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, field goals made, free throws made, three-pointers, assists, and steals are in the Summit League.
- Last year the Summit League had a better conference RPI than the Ohio Valley (No. 16 vs. No. 21).
- Missouri-Kansas City is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Missouri-Kansas City is 77.6 inches compared to 76.5 inches for Tennessee Tech.