Davidson (1-1) at Milwaukee (1-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 17, 8 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Klotsche Center (3,400) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Television: Sports 32, Horizon League Network. Home Record: Davidson 1-0, Milwaukee 0-0. Away Record: Davidson 0-1, Milwaukee 0-0. Neutral Record: Davidson 0-0, Milwaukee 0-0. Conference Record: Davidson 0-0, Milwaukee 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Bob McKillop will be coaching his 700th career game at the collegiate level when the Davidson Wildcats invade the Klotsche Center for a non-conference clash with the Milwaukee Panthers.
McKillop's 699th career game did not go as planned as Davidson surrendered a 16-point lead in suffering an 86-81 setback at New Mexico. The Wildcats played well offensively and managed to connect on 12-of-30 attempts from beyond the arc in the contest, but they were killed in the rebounding battle, 45-28. Davidson opened the season with a convincing 93-67 win over Emory.
The Panthers fell to 1-1 on Sunday, Nov. 11 as they came up short in an 82-75 overtime loss at South Carolina. Coach Rob Jeter's team held a 17-point lead at one point and was in front for most of the contest, but it let the advantage slip away before it was downed in the extra session. Milwaukee hurt itself by making only 9-of-19 attempts at the charity stripe. Despite the loss, the Panthers gained a great deal from their trip to Columbia. The game also served as the coming-out party for junior transfer Jordan Aaron.
This bout marks the first meeting on the hardwood between these two programs.
The Wildcats are expected to compete for the Southern Conference crown once again this season due to their three-headed monster of De'Mon Brooks, Jake Cohen and Nick Cochran. All three were selected to the preseason all- conference team, with Brooks being voted the Preseason Player of the Year by the league's 12 coaches. Brooks was the SoCon Player of the Year last season and earned an spot on the Honorable Mention All-America Team. Although the team lost to New Mexico its last time out, Brooks did not disappoint as he led the way with 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and a 7-of-8 performance from the free-throw line. However, Cochran did disappoint as he was held without a single point and only played 20 minutes due to foul trouble. Cohen also had a forgettable game with nine points on 2-of-12 shooting from the floor, including a 1-of-7 mark on his three-point attempts. Tyler Kalinowski and Clint Mann both came off the bench to tally 12 points for the Wildcats.
Aaron produced one highlight-reel play after another as he paced Milwaukee with 28 points, six assists and five rebounds in its loss to the Gamecocks. The speedy combo guard showed he was not afraid to take the big shot as he converted 7-of-14 tries from three-point range in the bout. Up front, senior forward James Haarsma logged a double-double consisting of 14 points and 10 boards, but it wasn't enough. Senior forward Demetrius Harris and Thierno Niang combined to shoot just 6-of-18 from the floor despite being given open looks due to Aaron's playmaking ability.
This will be a fun one to watch with multiple marquee names taking the floor. A third Panther needs to step up and give Aaron and Haarsma some help, or Milwaukee will lose its second in a row.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Davidson 74, Milwaukee 70
11/17 10:32:49 ET