Cleveland State (10-8) at Milwaukee (4-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 17, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Klotsche Center (3,400) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Television: Sports32. Home Record: CSU 7-1, Milwaukee 4-3. Away Record: CSU 1-7, Milwaukee 0-8. Neutral Record: CSU 2-0, Milwaukee 0-2. Conference Record: CSU 2-2, Milwaukee 0-3. Series Record: Milwaukee leads, 22-16.
GAME NOTES: In the midst of a three-game homestand, the Milwaukee Panthers try to get back into the win column on Thursday night as they entertain the Cleveland State Vikings in Horizon League action at the Klotsche Center.
Since the middle of November the Panthers have logged only two wins, just one of those against another Division I program (Northern Illinois). Last weekend the squad was pitted against Valparaiso at home and was crushed in a 76-52 final, marking the third straight loss and the seventh in the last eight games for Milwaukee.
As for the Vikings, a team which has won just one of eight true road dates in 2012-13, they are coming off a 74-62 victory against Detroit at home, which was the squad's second win in the last three outings as it evened its league mark at 2-2.
Milwaukee enters this meeting with a 22-16 advantage in the all-time series with the Vikings.
Bryn Forbes led the way for CSU with 21 points, hitting 5-of-7 shots from behind the 3-point line last Saturday, as the Vikings posted the double-digit win over Detroit. Not only was Forbes deadly out on the perimeter, but he also held his own in the paint where he grabbed eight rebounds, four of which came on the offensive glass. Tim Kamczyc accounted for 15 points, Sebastian Douglas 11 and Charlie Lee a game-high nine assists to offset his five turnovers. Through four conference games, Forbes is leading the way on offense with his 15.5 ppg, shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc, but still this is a team that is having trouble kicking the offense into gear with only 59.2 ppg. Turning the ball over close to 15 times per game and shooting just 40.5 percent from the field versus league foes has not helped matters.
The only team in the Horizon still without a league victory, Milwaukee allowed the Crusaders to put together a 20-4 scoring run during their meeting last weekend, preventing the Panthers from staging any real comeback effort. Paris Gulley tried to keep the hosts competitive with his 18 points and five rebounds, but the team shot only 34.0 percent from the floor and a dismal 2- of-12 out on the perimeter. Demetrius Harris contributed 14 points and Jordan Aaron added 10 for the home team, which failed to get back into the win column yet again. For the third straight game and the eighth time in 10 outings, Milwaukee failed to shoot even 40 percent from the floor which is why they are coming into this week at a mere 37.2 percent. Gulley (15.8 ppg) and Aaron (14.7 ppg) try to keep the group afloat, but being outscored by an average in excess of eight points per game makes it difficult.
Until the Panthers figure out a way to improve their shooting from all over the floor, the team is destined to suffer one loss after another. That goes for Thursday night as well, even though CSU has had very little success playing on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cleveland State 71, Milwaukee 55
01/17 10:32:56 ET