Winners of four straight, the Truman men's basketball team carries its show to Kansas City this Thursday and Saturday, when the Bulldogs are scheduled to face Rockhurst and William Jewell in a pair of west division matchups. Truman (12-3, 5-2 GLVC) is off to a blazing start in its first season of Great Lakes Valley Conference action - having won four straight and five of seven league matches to sit all alone in second-place in the GLVC west division.
The conference's halfway point will hit this Saturday night, after the Bulldogs close out a three-game road swing with two contests this weekend. The Bulldogs will first face Rockhurst at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday (Jan. 23) night before capping the trip with a 3 p.m. showdown at William Jewell on Saturday (Jan. 25).
Both opponents will be looking to right the ship after suffering a sweep at Missouri S&T and nationally-ranked Drury last weekend. Truman, meanwhile, is looking to keep the train rolling after moving its divisional record to 3-0 with a 83-66 home win against Missouri-St. Louis last Thursday (Jan. 16) and a 63-61 road win at Maryville on Saturday (Jan. 18).
The purple and white were forced to win in two completely different fashions against the Tritons and Saints - scoring 52 first-half points against UMSL before limiting MU for much of the game offensively to close the week. Truman head coach Matt Woodley is in his third season at the helm of the Bulldog program, having posted a 30-40 record during his time in Kirksville.
The team's 12 wins this season has already surpassed win totals from each of Woodley's first two years at the helm.
Truman vs. Rockhurst (Thursday 5:15 p.m. - Kansas City, Mo.)
Series History: Truman leads the overall series with the Hawks 8-4 with the Bulldogs winning the last three games.
The last meeting was November 26, 2011 with the Bulldogs prevailing 62-46 at Mason-Haplin Fieldhouse in Kansas City.
Truman has won six of the last seven games between the schools.
The first meeting was a Truman win in Kirksville by a 75-68 score in 1996.
Three of the four losses came in Kansas City with the last being in 2006, 63-54.
The 2008 game, a 76-74 win by the Bulldogs, is the lone overtime game in the series.
Seven games have been played in Kansas City with Truman leading four games to three.
Last Time Out: Truman won their fifth straight with an 87-73 victory at Maryville on Saturday.
Allie Norton led Truman with 17 points followed by Nicole Gloor and Amy Briggs' 16. Mary Dineen scored 17 points and Rockhurst rallied from 10 points down with five minutes to play to defeat Missouri S&T 70-68. Taylor Skala's shot with 5.4 seconds left was the game winner.
Common Opponents: Truman and Rockhurst do not have any common opponents this season so far.
Courtesy Truman State University