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DATE & TIME: Monday, November 11, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Belk Arena (5,223) -- Davidson, North Carolina. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Milwaukee 0-0, Davidson 0-0. Away Record: Milwaukee 0-1, Davidson 0-1. Neutral Record: Milwaukee 0-0, Davidson 0-0. Conference Record: Milwaukee 0-0, Davidson 0-0. Series Record: Milwaukee leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: A pair of teams trying to bounce back after season-opening defeats hit the floor at Belk Arena on Monday night, as the Davidson Wildcats host the Milwaukee Panthers.
Davidson has won 21 straight home openers, the last home-opening loss being a 75-59 setback versus Alabama in 1991. The Wildcats are coming off their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance at the conclusion of the 2012-13 regular season, but the squad was dealt a hand of reality on Friday when it suffered a lopsided 111-77 loss to fourth-ranked Duke on the road.
As for the Panthers, they too are coming off a season-opening loss three days ago after bowing to Loyola-Chigao, 76-72. Milwaukee, a member of the Horizon League, is under the direction of head coach Rob Jeter who is now in his ninth season with the program.
The Panthers won the first and only meeting between these two programs last season at home with a 73-68 decision.
Milwaukee, tied at the break with Loyola-Chicago (28-28) in the opener, proceeded to shoot 56.5 percent from the floor after the break and 6-of-12 behind the 3-point line, not to mention 12-of-13 at the free-throw line, and still found a way to lose. Matt Tiby scored a team-best 21 points, cleared eight rebounds and handed out five assists for the visitors, followed by Kyle Kelm with 13 points off the bench.
Austin Arians accounted for 11 points in a reserve role, but he shot just 3- of-9 from the field overall. Thierno Niang's 10 points was offset by his four turnovers as the unit fumbled the ball away 18 times.
On a more positive note, the Panthers did make all but one of their 17 free- throw attempts and shot 47.1 percent from the floor, the latter being a huge improvement over the 38.8 percent the team knocked down last season to rank ninth in the conference and 334th in the nation.
Davidson was completely overwhelmed by the Blue Devils in the opener, watching the hosts convert a staggering 71.4 percent from the floor in the first half, including 8-of-13 from 3-point range, all while the Wildcats made only one of their 11 attempts out on the perimeter. Davidson could do little to slow down a Duke squad that finished the outing with an amazing 70.4 percent accuracy from the field and just four turnovers.
Offensively, the Wildcats were paced by De'Mon Brooks who actually led all scorers with 24 points, thanks in large part to his 10-of-12 showing at the free-throw line. The only other double-digit scorer for the visitors was Tom Droney who accounted for 16 points.
Davidson shot only 3-of-21 (.143) on the outside versus the Blue Devils which is a far cry from the squad's 36.9 percent effort all of last season when the Wildcats ranked first in the Southern Conference and 56th nationally.
The Wildcats had no business thinking they could keep up with Duke last week, but in this case the Panthers are nowhere near the Blue Devils in terms of talent, so expect to see the hosts come out with the victory this time around.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Davidson 69, Milwaukee 64
11/11 10:36:53 ET
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