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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 26, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Resch Center (9,729) -- Green Bay, Wisconsin. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Milwaukee 7-7, Green Bay 10-2. Away Record: Milwaukee 1-13, Green Bay 4-10. Neutral Record: Milwaukee 0-2, Green Bay 1-1. Conference Record: Milwaukee 3-12, Green Bay 9-5. Series Record: Green Bay leads, 27-19.
GAME NOTES: The Milwaukee Panthers try to finish off their regular-season schedule on a high note Tuesday night, as they challenge the Green Bay Phoenix in Horizon League action at the Resch Center.
Up until this past weekend the Panthers had not won a single game away from home in 2012-13, but they managed to put an end to that with a 95-88 victory in double-overtime against IUPUI in Indianapolis in non-conference play. In terms of their league standing, the Panthers are all alone at the bottom of the Horizon with just three wins in 15 opportunities.
As for Green Bay, it too took a break from league action on Saturday with a meeting against Drake, but in that instance the Phoenix was burned by the Bulldogs on the road in a 71-54 final. Now 9-5 in Horizon play, Green Bay has a meeting with league-leading Valparaiso this coming weekend at home before the start of the conference tournament.
Green Bay crushed the Panthers in the first meeting of the season last month, 74-54, at the Klotsche Center, which means the all-time series now stands at 27-19 in favor of the Phoenix.
In a game that featured five ties and 14 lead changes, the Panthers were ahead at the right time as they picked up their first road win of the season at the Jungle against IUPUI. Jordan Aaron was one of three players to score at least 20 points for the visitors as he tallied a game-high 28 points, hitting 7- of-14 shots behind the 3-point line while also handing out six assists. Demetrius Harris and Paris Gulley both came off the bench for a change, accounting for 21 and 20 points, respectively, the former adding a team-best nine rebounds and three steals. J.J. Panoske chipped in 11 points.
On a team that is scoring just 63.3 ppg this season, Aaron (14.6 ppg) and Gulley (14.5 ppg) are generally the ones that the rest of the roster looks toward for guidance at the offensive end of the floor. Despite being just a 37.3 percent shooter from the field, Aaron brings several other positives to the table for Milwaukee, from his 4.2 apg to 3.6 rpg and a team-best 39 steals as well.
Green Bay was keeping up with the Bulldogs through the first 20 minutes of their meeting on Saturday, but then the offense for the Phoenix packed up and disappeared as the group shot just 20.7 percent from the floor and missed all eight chances behind the 3-point line in the second half. The only starter to score in double figures was Keifer Sykes with his 12 points, adding five assists, but he was also charged with half of the unit's 12 turnovers. Brennan Cougill also tallied 12 points, adding five rebounds in the setback.
Sykes is responsible for a team-best 15.4 ppg through 28 games for the Phoenix, thanks mostly to his 81.4 percent accuracy at the free-throw line where he has made more shots and any of his teammates have yet to attempt. While Sykes gives the squad a presence out on the perimeter with his 44.2 percent shooting, Alec Brown (13.0 ppg) is the one fighting for interior room as he clears 5.9 rpg and has also blocked 52 shots.
It took an extra 10 minutes for the Panthers to capture their first road win of the season over the weekend, so at least they've finally gotten that out of the way. But now Milwaukee might have some trouble getting up for its final game of the regular season since it is also a tired bunch.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Green Bay 63, Milwaukee 59
02/26 10:31:27 ET
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