First potentially tough home opponent
UMKC had a tough start to the season, dropping its home opener to DII North Dakota 56-61, but has slowly gotten into gear. Following the loss to the not so mighty Fighting Sioux, the Kangaroos headed into famed Allen Fieldhouse and played the Jayhawks to a surprising half time tie; and eventual 15 point loss. It would not get any easier when they hit the road next to take on a talented Witchita State team, but the outcome would be different: An impressive win against an established mid major, and the first win of the season (55-53).
Key to the game
UMKC loves to live behind the line and will present FAU with its first legitimate test in three point denial defense. PG Reggie Hamilton (15PPG), and Forwards Spencer Johnson (12.0 PPG) and Dane Brumagin (12.3 PPG) pace the way for UMKC - while hitting on a tidy clip of .443% from long range collectively.
The Owls have put some much needed heat on the ball lately and have improved 3 point defense to a respectable .308%. If they can continue this trend they will snuff out the Kangaroos attack, as they are fairly one demensional, and have little established inside game to speak of.
FAU paint production will continue to be challenged, as there is no news to report regarding the status of Carlos Monroe. Unless there is a late breaking decision/announcement tommorow, he will not play in the contest.
Alex Tucker is also yet to receive the nod by the NCAA clearing house and will also be held out.
Owl's Nest Prediction
This has the makings of both an exciting, and close game. But, barring a melt down, Owls by 4.
Game time is set for a 7:00PM tip this Saturday, November 22, at The Burrow.