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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 12, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Klotsche Center (3,400) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Television: Sports32. Home Record: Loyola 6-4, Milwaukee 5-7. Away Record: Loyola 6-6, Milwaukee 0-11. Neutral Record: Loyola 1-1, Milwaukee 0-2. Conference Record: Loyola 3-8, Milwaukee 1-10. Series Record: Milwaukee leads, 28-21.
GAME NOTES: All alone in last place in the Horizon League standings, the Milwaukee Panthers hope to put a better product on the floor at the Klotsche Center on Tuesday night as they host the Ramblers of Loyola-Chicago.
The Panthers have won a total of just five games this season, all of them coming at home, although two of those were against programs from outside of the Division I ranks. On Saturday, Milwaukee was defeated by Wright State at home in a 64-49 final, which means the team has now dropped seven straight outings and is a mere 1-10 in conference play.
Just ahead of the Panthers in the standings is Loyola which has three league wins in 11 chances thus far. However, unlike Milwaukee the Ramblers did have a strong showing during the non-conference slate and is two games above .500 overall (13-11). But getting back to Horizon League play, Loyola was topped by Youngstown State by just a single point last week, 60-59, marking the team's third loss in a row.
Loyola won the first meeting of the season with Milwaukee late last month with a 76-65 final at home, which means the all-time series now favors the Panthers by a count of 28-21. On a more positive note for the Ramblers, they've split their last eight games played against Milwaukee on the road.
Christian Thomas was responsible for 19 points and eight rebounds for the Ramblers, but still he and his team bowed to the Penguins on the road last week. Converting half of his eight 3-point tries, Devon Turk added 17 points to the attack, followed by Matt O'Leary with 10 points and five boards as the squad made good on 7-of-13 shots on the perimeter, but only 8-of-15 at the charity stripe.
In conference play, Thomas is pouring in 14.3 ppg for the Ramblers, leading the group on the glass as well with 6.4 rpg which means he is generating his own scoring opportunities which has led to an impressive 58.4 percent accuracy from the field. Ben Averkamp is responsible for another 14.5 ppg as well as 6.0 rpg, but he is listed as questionable for this particular outing due to a concussion.
As has been the case is so many games this season, points were at a premium against Wright State over the weekend as the Panthers shot just 40 percent from the floor and 5-of-16 behind the 3-point line. Paris Gulley was the lone double-digit scorer for the hosts as he tallied a mere 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting from the floor. The team came dangerously close to having more turnovers (16) than field goals (18).
With just five wins this season, it should not come as a surprise that Milwaukee has yet to shoot 50.0 percent from the floor in any game, and coming in under 40 percent is usually a common occurrence. Gulley is second on the team in scoring with 13.7 ppg, trailing Jordan Aaron with his 14.0 ppg, but both are converting less than 36.5 percent from the field at the moment.
The Ramblers might be close to Milwaukee at the bottom of the league standings, but there's no denying the Panthers are having a lot of trouble generating offense these days.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Loyola-Chicago 66, Milwaukee 59
02/12 10:31:01 ET
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