Tennessee Tech (5-4) at Milwaukee (3-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 15, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Klotsche Center (5,000) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Television: HLN. Home Record: TTU 4-1, Milwaukee 3-1. Away Record: TTU 1-3, Milwaukee 0-5. Neutral Record: TTU 0-0, Milwaukee 0-2. Conference Record: TTU 0-0, Milwaukee 0-0. Series Record: Tennessee Tech leads, 3-1.
GAME NOTES: Back home where they've experienced the only success they've had so far this season, the Milwaukee Panthers settle in at the Klotsche Center on Saturday night where they will entertain the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles in non-conference action.
Milwaukee, which has lost all five true road dates so far this season and has come up empty in two contests played on neutral floors, has a mark of 3-1 at home, the most recent of those triumphs coming eight days ago against Northern Illinois (80-73) in overtime. More recently, the Panthers were dumped by Fairfield on Wednesday (62-46) after being downed by DePaul (84-50) three days earlier, which means the team has now lost seven of the last eight overall.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles kicked off what is to be a five-game road trip last week with a 61-41 blowout loss to Gardner-Webb. The defeat snapped a two- game win streak for a team that is now just 1-3 on the road and one game over .500 after nine total games. After this encounter, Tech has stops at Auburn, Oklahoma State and Jacksonville State before landing at home on Jan. 3 versus Tennessee State.
Tennessee Tech leads the all-time series between these two teams, 3-1.
Tennessee Tech's effort against the Runnin' Bulldogs last weekend was simply awful, the team shooting just 29.2 percent from the floor with a total of only 14 made field goals. The team also turned the ball over 15 times and connected on just half of its 16 free-throw chances in the meeting as well. Mat Marseille was the lone player in double digits for the visitors as he dropped in 10 points on 4-of-8 from the floor. The starting five converted just 7- of-29 from the field and 5-of-10 at the charity stripe. Jud Dillard finished with seven points and just as many rebounds as the team's leading scorer on the season missed 10 of his 12 field goal opportunities. Dillard is still responsible for 18.9 ppg which is a huge chunk of the unit's 68.8 ppg, while Jeremia Samarrippas checks in with 10.4 ppg. Defensively, the Golden Eagles are holding the competition to just 62.2 ppg on 40.1 percent shooting from the field.
The Panthers kept things interesting in the first half against Fairfield earlier this week, trailing by just two points at the break, but while the Stags mounted a stronger offensive effort following intermission Milwaukee failed to follow suit and ended up falling off in a big way. Kyle Kelm tried to keep the team close with 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, but he was the only player on the team to not only score in double figures, but to convert more than just two field goal attempts. The squad finished the night just 27.7 percent from the floor and 3-of-18 beyond the arc, coming up with five more turnovers (18) than made baskets. For the second game in a row the Panthers failed to shoot even 30 percent from the floor and for the fourth straight outing the team was held below 40 percent as well. At this stage the group checks in at a mere 37.0 percent from the field overall, en route to 62.0 ppg even with Paris Gulley (five games played) and Jordan Aaron coming up with 15.8 and 14.8 ppg, respectively.
The Panthers have had a hard time finding the basket the last few weeks and while you should expect them to turn it around a bit on Saturday, they've still left plenty of doubt that they can play well for an entire 40 minutes.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tennessee Tech 63, Milwaukee 60
12/15 10:31:47 ET