December 1, 2012; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals forward Chane Behanan (21) battles Illinois State Redbirds guard Tyler Brown (1) for a rebound during the second half at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville defeated Illinois State 69-66. Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Kangaroos Bounce Into Louisville

Nov 24, 2012; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Louisville Cardinals guard Peyton Siva (3) reacts against the Duke Blue Devils during the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis Championship in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Duke won 76-71. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The University of Missouri Kansas City (4-4) will visit the KFC YUM! Center today to face No. 5 Louisville (7-1). The Kangaroos have won two of their last three.

UMKC scoring woes against UofL’s nasty defense doesn’t bode well for the Kangaroos. UMKC is only averaging 64.6 points per game, while the Cardinal defense is limiting opponents to just 53.9. When you factor in UofL is also forcing the second most turnovers per game at 21.9, it could be a long afternoon for the marsupials.

Estan Tyler is UMKC’s top scorer with 9.5 points per game. The guard from St. Paul, MN is the teams top distributor as well with 3.6 assists per game. Fred Chatmon from Cleveland, OH is the top rebounder with 7.1 per contest.

The Kangaroos have not produced against bigger names. Seton Hall (6-2) crushed UMKC 75-36 to open the season and on Nov. 23then No.2 Ohio State (5-1) easily beat UMKC 91-45.

With Gorqui Dieng not expected back until Dec. 19, Louisville will continue to rely on Stephan Van Treese and Zach Price to fill the void in the middle. Russ Smith remains the teams leading scorer with 19.0 points per game. He is also the best thief, with 3.1 steals. Chane Behanan leads in rebounds with 8.3 per contest.

Las Vegas odds currently have Louisville as a 30 point favorite. It is the largest point spread of any Top 25 team in action today. The Kangaroos probably wish they could get the 30 point spot.

Tip-off is at 2:00 and Big Red Louie will be posting on Facebook and Twitter while at the game.

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