Milwaukee (14-10) at Green Bay (9-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 4th, 2:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Resch Center (9,729) -- Green Bay, Wisconsin. Television: Sports32. Home Record: Milwaukee 10-3, Green Bay 9-1. Away Record: Milwaukee 4-7, Green Bay 0-11. Neutral Record: Milwaukee 0-0, Green Bay 0-0. Conference Record: Milwaukee 7-5, Green Bay 5-6. Series Record: Green Bay leads, 26-20.
GAME NOTES: The Green Bay Phoenix try to record their first three-game win streak of the season this afternoon, as they host the Milwaukee Panthers in Horizon League action at the Resch Center.
Still three games under .500 on the season at 9-12, the Phoenix has won back- to-back games for just the third time in 2011-12, thanks to a 75-60 romp over Valparaiso just over a week ago and an 80-68 triumph versus Butler last Saturday at home. Green Bay, now 5-6 in conference, is lucky to still be at home because the team has gone winless in 11 true road games thus far.
As for the Panthers, they've dropped four of their last five contests and are in jeopardy of suffering their first three-game slide of the campaign if this meeting doesn't come out in their favor. Last weekend, the team slipped up against Butler and dropped a 55-52 decision at home and then followed that with a 73-65 defeat versus Youngstown State on Tuesday night at home as well, which means the group is now 7-5 in league action.
Milwaukee won the first meeting of the season by a mere point, 64-63, at home last month as Kaylon Williams knocked down a three-pointer from the left wing as time expired. With the victory, the Panthers moved closer to tying up the all-time series, which still favors Green Bay by a 26-20 margin.
Milwaukee trailed by seven points at the break against the Penguins earlier this week and then tried to make up for it in the second half but converted a mere 3-of-14 behind the three-point line and 8-of-17 at the free-throw line. Kaylon Williams tallied 17 points, Kyle Kelm 12 and Tony Meier another 10 points, but the team as a whole let one slip away as they connected on a mere 9-of-21 at the charity stripe. The Panthers have been far from an offensive powerhouse this season, averaging just 62.8 ppg, but at the same time the defense has stepped up in a big way for the most part, holding the opposition to a mere 59.9 ppg, foes connecting on a feeble 26.2 percent behind the three- point line which makes the Panthers one of the top perimeter defenses in the entire nation. Williams (11.2 ppg) not only leads the program in scoring he is also first in assists (148) and steals (36) and among the leaders on the glass (5.5 rpg) as well.
Green Bay turned the ball over 16 times last week against the Bulldogs, but the team made up for it by outscoring the opposition at the free-throw line, 25-12 in order to claim the double-digit win. Brennan Cougill accounted for 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists, followed by Alec Brown with 19 points and eight boards of his own. Keifer Sykes shook off a 5-of-14 shooting performance from the floor to come up with 14 points, to go along with seven assists, followed by Steve Baker with 10 points in a reserve role. Through 21 games the Phoenix has just one player scoring in double figures, that being Brown who is putting up 13.7 ppg, while accounting for 7.7 rpg and a team-high 65 blocked shots as well. Brown is the only player to have started every game for a Green Bay group that is scoring just 63.5 ppg.
Obviously Green Bay feels most comfortable when playing at home, but the Panthers are desperate to keep up with the better teams in the Horizon League so expect to see the visitors show significant spark today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Milwaukee 66, Green Bay 61
02/04 10:34:58 ET