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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 17, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Wolstein Center (13,610) -- Cleveland, Ohio. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Milwaukee 6-7, CSU 8-4. Away Record: Milwaukee 0-12, CSU 2-11. Neutral Record: Milwaukee 0-2, CSU 2-0. Conference Record: Milwaukee 2-11, CSU 4-9. Series Record: Milwaukee leads, 23-16.
GAME NOTES: Time is running out on the Milwaukee Panthers as they are still waiting to score their first road win of the season, and they'll take another crack at it as they challenge the Cleveland State Vikings in Horizon League action on Sunday afternoon.
Milwaukee, which has this and two more road tests against IUPUI and Green Bay remaining on the schedule before the end of the regular season, is coming off a 94-80 loss against Youngstown State two nights ago, the team's eighth setback in the last nine outings. The Panthers are 0-12 in true road dates this season and have two more defeats on neutral floors as well.
No strangers to frustration on the road, the Vikings have just two victories in 13 tries on an opponent's floor in 2012-13. Also in action Friday night, CSU was home versus Green Bay and suffered a 66-59 loss, the team's third in a row as it fell to 4-9 in league play.
The Panthers won the first meeting of the season at home, 69-57, which means the squad has now taken five of the last seven encounters and owns a 23-16 advantage in the all-time series.
Milwaukee erupted for 80 points a couple nights ago, shooting 11-of-21 behind the 3-point line, but even that effort was not enough to survive against YSU on the road. Paris Gulley scored a team-best 18 points, leading four in double figures, but the squad ended up hitting only 23-of-36 at the free-throw line and was again plagued by turnovers (15). Jordan Aaron accounted for 17 points and seven rebounds, followed by JJ Panoske and Evan Richard with 16 and 11 points, respectively.
The scoring burst by the Panthers was completely out of the ordinary, so much so that the team is still only averaging 62.0 ppg, while being outscored by 8.2 ppg. Gulley (14.3 ppg) and Aaron (14.1 ppg) try to provide some stability for the group, the pair combining for almost seven rebounds per game and the latter handing out 111 assists, but they are both shooting under 37.5 percent from the floor at the moment.
Charlie Lee knocked down 4-of-10 shots beyond the arc two nights ago, finishing with 18 points for host Cleveland State, but still the team was taken down by Green Bay. Bryn Forbes added 11 points for a squad that shot 42 percent from the floor, but was outscored at the free-throw line by a 19-8 margin.
In conference games, Forbes has been a steady point supplier for the Vikings with 14.9 ppg, the only player in double digits after 13 games in fact. Forbes has been dead on not only with his 41.6 percent accuracy beyond the arc (32- of-77), but also his effort at the free-throw line where he has missed just three of 37 (.919) chances. However the squad is still scoring just 61.1 ppg and giving up 69.6 ppg, which isn't a good trade-off for the Vikings.
As one of the other struggling teams in the Horizon, the Vikings might be just the right team at the right time for Milwaukee to finally get that elusive first road won, especially since the Panthers already showed that they can get over on CSU this season.
Spo3rts Network Predicted Outcome: Milwaukee 64, Cleveland State 60
02/17 10:33:10 ET