Milwaukee (5-14) at Illinois-Chicago (11-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 23, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: UIC Pavilion (8,000) -- Chicago, Illinois. Television: HLN. Home Record: Milwaukee 5-4, UIC 7-1. Away Record: Milwaukee 0-8, UIC 2-6. Neutral Record: Milwaukee 0-2, UIC 2-1. Conference Record: Milwaukee 1-4, UIC 2-4. Series Record: Milwaukee leads, 39-22.
GAME NOTES: Coming up empty in all 10 of their games outside of Milwaukee this season, the Panthers give it another shot on Wednesday night as they challenge the Flames of Illinois-Chicago in Horizon League action at UIC Pavilion.
The Panthers, who are just 1-4 in conference games at this stage, posted their first win over a Division I opponent since the second week of December back on Jan. 17 with a 69-57 romp over Cleveland State, but once again the team failed to develop a winning streak of any sort. Two days later, Milwaukee was pitted against Youngstown State at home and came up short in a 75-72 final, which means it has now dropped four of the last five outings overall.
As for the Flames, they were smoking during the first 10 games of 2012-13, winning all but one of them, but since then the team has fallen in seven of nine contests. Last Saturday, UIC was dumped by Detroit at Calihan Hall, 98-47, in one of the most lopsided outings in recent memory.
Milwaukee, which leads the all-time series by a count of 39-22, has won 10 straight meetings against the Flames. The last win at home for UIC over the Panthers took place in December of 2007.
Despite their youth, J.J. Panoske and Austin Arians both tallied 15 points for the Panthers in their most recent outing, but still that wasn't enough as the team was taken down by the Youngstown State Penguins. Jordan Aaron and Paris Gulley both contributed 13 points, the former adding eight assists in an effort to get his teammates involved in the offense. Unfortunately, the Panthers not only hurt themselves with 3-of-11 shooting behind the 3-point line in the second half, their 7-of-13 showing overall at the free-throw line cost them a shot at the win as well. Gulley, who has played in just 13 of the team's 19 games this season, leads the group in scoring with 15.7 ppg, followed by Aaron with another 14.1 ppg, but both are shooting below 40 percent from the floor and that is partly to blame for the Panthers coming in at a mere 37.9 percent overall at this point in the season.
UIC's efforts against Detroit over the weekend were disappointing to say the least. The Flames burned out at the offensive end of the floor, shooting only 32.1 percent from the floor, including 4-of-22 beyond the arc, and converted just 9-of-18 at the free-throw line. Gary Talton was the lone double-digit scorer for the team with 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting, while the UIC defense allowed the Titans to make good on 54.8 percent from the field, including 10- of-22 on the perimeter. The mere 47 points marked the second time in the last three games that the Flames have been held below 50 points, the only times it has happened this season at all in fact. Talton heads a list of three double- digit scorers with his 13.1 ppg, followed by Daniel Barnes (11.3 ppg) and Hayden Humes (10.7 ppg).
Milwaukee has been dreadful on the road this season, rather weak anywhere the Panthers play actually, so it only makes sense to favor the Flames in this meeting.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Illinois-Chicago 67, Milwaukee 55
01/23 10:34:07 ET