GAME NOTES: A couple of slumping teams get together as part of the annual
BracketBusters event on Saturday afternoon, as the Jaguars of IUPUI entertain
the Milwaukee Panthers at the Jungle.
Competing in the Summit League, IUPUI has a total of six wins in 28 attempts
this season and is currently riding a 12-game losing streak. The squad was
crushed by North Dakota State on the road over the weekend, 75-39, in the most
The Panthers, representing the Horizon League, are not much better with their
7-22 record overall. Away from home, the team has dropped all 13 true road
games this season and another two on neutral floors, but earlier this week the
team did snap a brief two-game slide with a 64-53 home win against Illinois-
Milwaukee leads the all-time series with IUPUI by a count of 3-1, with the
Panthers winning three straight after bowing in the first meeting back in 1986
by a score of 72-66 in Indianapolis.
The Panthers turned the ball over 17 times against UIC earlier this week, yet
the team still played well enough to come up with the double-digit victory at
the Klotsche Center. Paris Gulley was the only player in double figures for
the hosts with 17 points, hitting 5-of-8 shots behind the 3-point line where
the team as a whole was 9-of-20.
Gulley, the leading scorer in four of the last five games for the Panthers, is
now responsible for a team-leading 14.3 ppg, even though he is shooting just
37.2 ppg. Close behind is Jordan Aaron with his 14.1 ppg, but like Gulley he
too is having trouble finding the basket this season with just 37.3 percent
accuracy from the floor. As a team, Milwaukee is shooting 39.1 percent from
the field, en route to 62.2 ppg.
IUPUI's performance against North Dakota State on the road last week was
simply brutal, the team shooting just 8-of-25 from the field in the first half
as it fell behind 41-19 at the break. In the second half it was more of the
same (8-of-24), as the Jags barely scored half the number of points as NDSU.
Not a single starter reached double figures, leaving that to Lyonell Gaines
who tallied 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting off the bench.
Being outscored by more than 11 ppg at the moment, the Jaguars have been hit
hard with injury/eligibility problems this season, which leaves Mitchell
Patton as the top active scorer with 13.0 ppg. Donovan Gibbs checks in with
another 10.4 ppg as both players shoot better than 54 percent from the field
and have combined for more than 11 rpg, but still the group is being beaten on
the glass by almost eight per contest.
With so many issues plaguing the Jaguars right now, this could be the perfect
time for Milwaukee to break through on the road.