Green Bay (10-10) at Milwaukee (5-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, January 25, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Klotsche Center (3,400) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Green Bay 9-1, Milwaukee 5-4. Away Record: Green Bay 0-8, Milwaukee 0-9. Neutral Record: Green Bay 1-1, Milwaukee 0-2. Conference Record: Green Bay 4-3, Milwaukee 1-5. Series Record: Green Bay leads, 26-19.
GAME NOTES: A disappointing season for the Milwaukee Panthers moves along Friday night, as they host the Green Bay Phoenix in Horizon League action at the Klotsche Center.
Milwaukee has won a total of five games in 20 opportunities, and is a mere 1-5 in league action. Since defeating Cleveland State a little over a week ago, the Panthers have bowed to both Youngstown State (75-72) and Illinois-Chicago (60-50), the latest defeat taking place just two nights ago in the Windy City.
As for Green Bay, it is still winless in true road games this season, coming up empty in eight opportunities. The squad kicked off a four-game road trip on Wednesday night and was taken down by Valparaiso in a 73-61 final. The defeat snapped what had been a four-game win streak for the program.
Dating back to 1971, the series between these two teams is under the control of Green Bay, which owns a 26-19 advantage. However, Milwaukee has won three straight encounters, the latest coming on the road last season in an 81-75 final.
The Phoenix are slated to host the Panthers in one of the final games of the regular season on Feb. 26
Despite converting just nine field goals in the first half, Green Bay was able to stay close to Valparaiso, but that was before the Crusaders began to pull away after the break. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Alec Brown with 18 points, followed by Keifer Sykes with 15, but he shot only 5-of-14 from the floor. Brennan Cougill continued to be a spark off the bench with his 12 points and seven rebounds, but he missed all three of his 3-point tries, the team hitting only 4-of-17 on the perimeter. Cougill had been one of the go-to guys in the starting lineup for Green Bay, but the last several weeks have seen him performing as a reserve and that has his scoring average down around 12 per game. Sykes paces the squad in scoring at the moment with his 15.3 ppg and is also first with 4.2 apg as well, yet the group is still scoring less than 66.0 ppg at the moment.
Held below 60 points for the fourth time in the last six outings, the Panthers were absolutely dreadful in the second half versus Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday night. One of the most dismal 20-minuute periods in program history, Milwaukee shot just 3-of-25 from the floor, missing all 17 chances behind the 3-point line, as it generated a paltry eight points en route to the double- digit loss to the Flames. Paris Gulley and Jordan Aaron did their best to keep hope alive as they tallied 14 and 13 points, respectively, but they combined to shoot just 10-of-31 from the floor and 5-of-18 out on the perimeter. Most disappointing is the fact that Milwaukee led by 17 at the break, and 19 points moments into the second half, before everything fell apart. Gulley, who is scoring 15.6 ppg on the season overall, has boosted his efforts slightly in conference games where he is delivering 16.2 ppg, but still the Panthers are netting only 58.8 ppg versus Horizon League opponents.
The absolute break down of the Panthers two nights ago will be hard to fight back from, but the good news is that it really can't get much worse for the group. However, as long as Cougill continues to be a threat coming off the bench for Green Bay, Milwaukee will have another tough fight on its hands.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Green Bay 67, Milwaukee 63
01/25 10:30:14 ET