New coach, new court, new conference: Team looks to rebound after conference tournament loss

Dan Moreno

The UMKC basketball season ended last week after a 69-58 conference tournament loss to North Dakota State on March 10.

Trinity Hall led the team with 14 points, and Brad Reid led with seven rebounds.

The ’Roos also suffered a 71-34 away game loss to North Dakota State on Jan. 31 and a 63-44 home loss on Jan. 5.

The Bison lost against conference champion South Dakota State on March 12.

For the ’Roos, a new era awaits the men’s basketball team in the 2014 season. The team will play on a new court with a new coach in a new conference.

Tim Hall, UMKC Athletics Director, announced last Tuesday that Head Coach Matt Brown, who led the ’Roos for six seasons, was dismissed with a year remaining in his contract.

Despite his losing record, Hall said Brown “ran the men’s basketball team with dignity” and contended that student-athlete welfare and academics were on of Brown’s priorities.

As the championship dream ended, UMKC also said goodbye to the Summit League as it prepares to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) next fall.The main purpose of this change is to “improve community engagement and financial strength,” Morton said.

Television is thought to be one of the advantages UMKC will enjoy, as networks like ESPN will broadcast most of the games.

In order to have a larger seating capacity and better coverage, the team’s home games will be played downtown at Municipal Auditorium, instead of Swinney Recreation Center.

The “Muni” has a capacity of 7,316 seats available and has hosted the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament since 2003.

It also hosts the women’s games of the “Big 12” when Kansas City hosts this tournament.

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