Green Bay (2-2) at Idaho (0-2)
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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 20, 10:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Memorial Gym (2,500) -- Moscow, Idaho.
Television: None. Home Record: Green Bay 1-0, Idaho 0-2. Away Record: Green
Bay 0-1, Idaho 0-0. Neutral Record: Green Bay 1-1, Idaho 0-0. Conference
Record: Green Bay 0-0, Idaho 0-0. Series Record: Green Bay leads, 2-0.
GAME NOTES: The Idaho Vandals will try once again to secure their first
victory of the 2012-13 season when they play host to the Green Bay Phoenix on
Green Bay opened the campaign with a pair of wins over Chicago State (72-67)
and Southern Utah (66-54), but came back to Earth with consecutive losses to
Nevada (71-69) and Cal State Fullerton (93-82). The Phoenix play their
basketball out of the Horizon League, and they will kick off conference play
at home against Wright State on Jan. 3, 2013.
As mentioned, Idaho is still searching for that elusive first win after
dropping a pair of home games to Wright State (80-70) and Montana (66-63). The
Vandals are wrapping up a season-opening, three-game homestand tonight, and
they will lift the lid on the Western Athletic Conference portion of their
schedule against league newcomer Seattle University on Dec. 29.
Green Bay has won both previous meetings with Idaho, the most recent of which
occurred at home last season in a 63-61 final.
Offensive production hasn't been Green Bay's problem this season, as the team
boasts three double-digit scorers and averages 72.2 ppg. Despite that solid
scoring number, the Phoenix are shooting just 38.8 percent from the field, and
they have had all kinds of trouble knocking down three-point baskets, doing so
at just a 20.6 percent clip (14-of-68). Turnovers have also plagued the squad
(17.5 per outing), with its three top scorers all having double-digit
giveaways to this point. Keifer Sykes paces the unit with 16.0 ppg, while Alec
Brown adds 12.8 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 rpg. Brennan
Cougill has been a solid contributor as well, posting averages of 12.3 points
and 7.0 caroms per contest. Brown scored 20 points and grabbed seven boards in
the recent loss to Cal State Fullerton, as the Titans shot 54.7 percent from
the floor and nailed 10 of their 20 three-point tries, compared to a dismal 4-
of-24 showing by the Phoenix. Jordan Fouse and Sultan Muhammad added 11 points
each in the losing cause.
Idaho's primary issue thus far has been its inability to stop the opposition
from scoring (73.0 ppg). Foes are shooting 46.7 percent from the floor,
compared to a solid 47 percent for the Vandals, who are hitting only 28.6
percent of their three-point attempts. Opponents are however, draining 40
percent of their long-range tries. Kyle Barone (18.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg) is Idaho's
leading scorer and rebounder through two games, but Stephen Madison (16.5 ppg,
5.0 rpg) isn't far off the pace. Madison poured in 22 points and grabbed eight
rebounds in the recent loss to Montana, while Barone added 19 points and seven
boards. Idaho shot 42.1 percent from the floor, but missed 14 of its 19 three-
point attempts. Conversely, the Grizzlies drained 47.9 percent of their total
shots, which included a 7-of-15 showing from beyond the arc.
The Vandals' troubles are likely to continue as long as they have difficulty
slowing down the opposition. Expect that to be case once more as the Phoenix
fly high in putting the brakes on their current two-game slide.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Green Bay 72, Idaho 62
11/20 10:40:51 ET
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