Greetings from Kansas City where tonight the Bakersfield men’s basketball team will take on Kansas City at the Municipal Auditorium in a battle between a pair of teams tied for 5th place in the WAC. CSUB has a chance to make more moves in the WAC standings during this Midwest road trip this weekend.
The ‘Runners and ‘Roos will be meeting for the second time this season as Kansas City got the first win in Bakersfield 70-69 on Jan. 25th following a three-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining by Frank Williams to steal the win for the road team. This is Bakersfield’s first trip to Kansas City, tonight we’ll play in the historic Municipal Auditorium that was built in 1935.
This place has hosted three of the first four NCAA Final Fours along with several other conference and national tournament. Although it’s been renovated recently, it still holds much of the original charm that dates back to the pre-war era.
Here’s a link to the Wikipedia page and some photos I took below.
The concourse at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.
The Roadrunners practicing Wednesday night at historic Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri.
And of course when you’re in Kansas City, barbeque is a must. We stopped in at a KC Original on Wednesday night. Although the players ate a little more-healthy than I did, I went with the ‘when in Rome’ philosophy. Good eating.
My plate last night at Jack Stack Barbeque
Yes I completed the task.
Onto the game, CSUB has won two straight and three of their last four, Kansas City is trying to snap a five-game losing streak including four losses in WAC play.
GoRunners.com: Bakersfield At Kansas City Tonight
Tonight’s game can be heard on SmartTalk 1230 AM beginning at 4:30 Pacific Time with the Dignity Health Pre Game Show.
Women’s basketball is at home tonight hosting Kansas City at 7 P.M. at the Icardo Center. It’s another ‘Greek Game’ as the campus organizations compete for points throughout the year including support of athletics. It’s been a nice addition to the crowd so come out and join them tonight at 7 P.M.
GoRunners.com: Bakersfield Hosts Kansas City and Chicago State
In baseball the Roadrunners battled last night at UC Irvine, once trailing 3-0, they pulled within 3-2 and had the tieing run on twice with less than two outs in consecutive innings but couldn’t get them across in a 3-2 loss to the Anteaters. CSUB will return home this weekend hosting Towson Friday and Saturday night at 6 P.M. and Sunday at 1 P.M. at Hardt Field.
If you missed ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ Tuesday we talked a lot of men’s and women’s basketball with women’s hoops head coach Greg McCall and men’s basketball forward Brandon Barnes. We also had great academic news from Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Roy LaFever.
Watch the show below.
In CSUB track and field news, director Marcia Mansur-Wentworth is going local with one of her latest national letter of intent signings as Tristan Watson of Stockdale has signed to become a Roadrunner next season. Watson is the defending SWYL 110m hurdles champion and his father is still in the CSUB record books when he competed at CSUB as well.
More to come from the Midwest and Bakersfield in the coming day. Have a great Game Day Thursday and Go ‘Runners.
Posted at 4:31 pm by Corey Costelloe