Illinois-Chicago (15-11) at Milwaukee (6-22)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 20, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Klotsche Center (3,400) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Television: HLN, Sports32. Home Record: UIC 9-2, Milwaukee 6-7. Away Record:
UIC 4-8, Milwaukee 0-13. Neutral Record: UIC 2-1, Milwaukee 0-2. Conference
Record: UIC 6-7, Milwaukee 2-12. Series Record: Milwaukee leads, 39-24.
GAME NOTES: The Milwaukee Panthers will try to scratch out just their third
Horizon League win of the season on Wednesday, as they entertain the Flames of
Illinois-Chicago at the Klotsche Center.
Playing all of their home games at their on-campus facility for the first time
in 10 years, the Panthers haven't had a ton of success at the Klotsche Center
in 2012-13 with six wins in 13 opportunities. Unfortunately, Milwaukee has had
to hit the road as well where it is still winless, thanks to an 88-67 thumping
at Cleveland State on Sunday. The loss was the second in a row and the ninth
in the last 10 outings for a team that is all alone at the bottom of the HL
standings at 2-12.
Meanwhile, the Flames are still in the bottom half of the league standings
with a mark of 6-7 after losing three of their last four games. Last Saturday
UIC was defeated by Loyola-Chicago on the road in a 69-60 decision, less than
a week after being extended to three overtimes by Youngstown State in an 88-83
Entering this meeting, the Panthers lead the all-time series by a count of
39-24, but UIC managed to snap a 10-game slide versus Milwaukee with a 60-50
victory at home in the first matchup of the season.
The Flames managed to battle back from a 16-point deficit in the second half
to a mere four points against Loyola, but the Ramblers refused to give up that
easily as they eventually handed the visitors the nine-point setback. Marc
Brown came off the bench to score a season-high 13 points for UIC, followed by
Gary Talton and Hayden Humes with 10 points apiece, the former also handing
out eight assists while turning the ball over only once.
On the season overall, the Flames have kept scoring to a minimum at both ends
of the court, so much so that they have scored the exact same amount (1,618)
as the competition, which works out to 62.2 ppg. Talton is not only the top
scorer for the group with 13.3 ppg, but he is also first with 107 assists and
41 steals, all while pulling down close to four rebounds per game as he tries
his hardest to push the team into the win column.
The Panthers were even with Cleveland State at the break the last time out,
but then the team allowed the Vikings to knock down 7-of-13 behind the 3-point
line and 52.9 percent from the floor overall in the second half. Jordan Aaron
connected on 4-of-7 beyond the arc for Milwaukee as he finished with 18
points, followed by Austin Arians and Paris Gulley with 15 and 12 points,
respectively, even as the team shot a season-best 51.1 percent from the floor.
Notorious for having awful shooting games, the Panthers are currently hitting
their shots at just 38.9 percent from the floor, which is why they are being
outscored by more than eight points per outing. Aaron (14.3 ppg) and Gulley
(14.2 ppg) are both shooting under 38.0 percent, but have still tried to give
the squad a lift out on the perimeter where they have combined to make 98
triples, the rest of the team just 94.
As much as the Panthers would like to get a win at home, a win anywhere
really, UIC still has something to play for as far as the standings are
concerned so expect the visitors to take charge on Wednesday night.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Illinois-Chicago 67, Milwaukee 60
02/20 11:05:36 ET