On Thursday, Missouri-Kansas City visits Western Hall to take on Western Illinois. Tipoff occurs at 8:30 p.m. EST. The Kangaroos lost to the Leathernecks 68-63 on Dec. 1 and are 4-5 against them over the last four years.
Western Illinois is in second place in the conference and Missouri-Kansas City is in seventh place.
The Kangaroos were defeated by Tennessee Tech 68-62 on Feb. 23 despite 16 points and 8 rebounds from Nelson Kirksey. In addition to his 7.4 points per game, he is also chipping in 3.4 rebounds per game. For the Leathernecks, Ceola Clark III finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds in the 60-54 loss to Cleveland State on Feb. 23. He averages 11.7 points per game in addition to a team-best 4.3 assists per game. Western Illinois ranks second in their conference in free throw rate at 41.5 percent, which also places them 40th in the country.
StatSmack! Missouri-Kansas City is better than Western Illinois
That must sting. Missouri-Kansas City has blown out Western Illinois by 20 points or more on eight occasions since 2000.
You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Missouri-Kansas City currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (960 to 945) than Western Illinois, per the NCAA.
Missouri-Kansas City has an average margin of victory of 12 over Western Illinois in 26 wins since 1989.
Estan Tyler is ranked 6th in the Summit League in three-pointers and 6th in the Summit League in assists.