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80-65 victory against South Dakota gives hope to ‘inconsistent’ team

Kirk Korver shoots a three-pointer. CREDIT // Sai Srikar Kadiyam
Kirk Korver shoots a three-pointer.
                                                                                                               CREDIT // Sai Srikar Kadiyam

It has been a tough season for Coach Matt Brown’s team, recording only six wins and 19 losses, including a nine game losing streak and a blowout 34-71 loss against North Dakota.

Maintaining a positive attitude throughout the season, Brown did not say much about the bad results.

“We just got two guys back including our starting center, Brad Reid, and we have important games coming up,”Brown said.

When Brown was questioned about the players, he made clear there is no negativity.

“It is one game at a time,” he said. “Basketball is a funny sport. All of a sudden you get a win and it will change the whole season.”

At this point of the season, “we just want to finish strong,” Brown said.

Home advantage has not benefitted the Roos. They have had only two victories at Swinney Recreation Center (SRC)  so far this season. Brown thinks this will change in the last games though.

“The next games are winnable and we will play at home, which gives us an advantage,” he said.

Junior forward Trinity Hall knows the team has not played a good season and attributes it to inconsistency.

“We are a good team. The problem is that we’ve been very inconsistent this year,” he said.

Hall agreed with Coach Brown and said the team has a positive mentality and that no one in the team is feeling down.

“We know what we are capable of and that’s why we stay positive,” he said.

One positive fact about the team according to Hall is the camaraderie between teammates and coaches. “We all believe in each other.”

This will be the team’s last season in the Summit League. UMKC accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) starting the next athletic year.

Brown seemed pleased about the league change.

“I haven’t thought a lot about it yet because of the traveling and games we’ve had,” he said. “It’s obviously a good thing for the school and for us, it is a great league.”

The Men’s Basketball team may see many positive improvements, such as their move to the WAC and the possibility of moving home games to Municipal Arena.

Next up the Roos will have two home conference games at SRC. They play Fort Wayne this Thursday and Oakland on Saturday. They will try to finish strong and improve their record.

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