Milwaukee (15-9) at Green Bay (19-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 8, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Resch Center (9,729) -- Green Bay, Wisconsin. Television: HLN, TWC, ESPN3.com. Home Record: Milwaukee 6-4, Green Bay 12-1. Away Record: Milwaukee 6-4, Green Bay 5-2. Neutral Record: Milwaukee 3-1, Green Bay 2-1. Conference Record: Milwaukee 5-5, Green Bay 9-1. Series Record: Green Bay leads, 30-21.
GAME NOTES: Green Bay tries to continue dominating the Horizon League, as the Phoenix entertain the Milwaukee Panthers this afternoon at the Resch Center.
The hosts for today's contest have a record of 12-1 at home this season, losing only to Wisconsin (69-66) the second game of the year. On Wednesday night, the Phoenix posted their second straight win and the 14th in the last 15 outings overall with an 81-70 triumph versus visiting Illinois-Chicago. Sporting a 9-1 record in conference, Green Bay is two games ahead of the rest of the pack.
Meanwhile, the Panthers have gone from having one of their best non-conference efforts in history to splitting 10 Horizon League bouts. Last Sunday, the team did manage to post an 86-64 victory over Oakland at home, marking its second victory in as many outings.
The teams met last month in Milwaukee where the Phoenix captured a 93-86 overtime win, which means the all-time series now stands at 30-21 in favor of Green Bay. Keifer Sykes finished with 34 points for the Phoenix.
Matt Tiby registered a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, as the Panthers crushed the Oakland Golden Grizzlies by 22 points at the Klotsche Center. The top scorer in the contest was Jordan Aaron who used 5-of-9 shooting behind the 3-point line to come up with 23 points for the Panthers. Austin Arians tallied 16 points, Kyle Kelm 12 and seven rebounds, followed by Steve McWhorter with 11 points and five assists. Milwaukee survived 16 turnovers by producing a 41-24 rebounding advantage and limiting the Grizzlies to 37.5 percent shooting from the field.
While he is shooting just 38.9 percent from the floor on the season, Aaron is still the leading scorer for the Panthers with his 13.7 ppg, although not far behind is Tiby who checks in with 13.3 ppg and is also first on the glass with almost seven rebounds per contest. Kelm (12.0 ppg) and Arians (11.1 ppg) add to the offensive attack, as does McWhorter (8.8 ppg), although his influence comes more from how he helps others with 93 assists.
Sykes was again at the center of attention for the Phoenix earlier this week as he not only produced a double-double consisting of 18 points and 10 rebounds, he also handed out seven assists in order to offset some shaky shooting from the floor (4-of-15) and at the free-throw line (10-of-17). Alec Brown led all scorers with 20 points, adding three blocked shots, while Carrington Love pitched in 13 points for a team that outscored UIC by a 26-14 margin at the charity stripe.
Through Thursday's action, Sykes was listed as the top scorer in the Horizon with his 21.6 ppg, one of only two players putting up more than 20 ppg in league play. Not only does he pace the squad in scoring, Sykes is also the leader on the glass with 6.5 rpg and is tops with 51 assists, showing that there's nothing he can't do when the team needs his input. Brown (16.8 ppg) has 28 blocked shots in conference, one of three players with at least a dozen rejections.
Put together Green Bay's dominance both in conference and at home this season, along with how far the Panthers have fallen since they ripped through their non-conference slate, and this game has a win for the Phoenix win written all over it.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Green Bay 77, Milwaukee 68
02/08 10:19:06 ET