Green Bay (10-10) at Milwaukee (5-15)
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DATE & TIME: Friday, January 25, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Klotsche Center (3,400) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Green Bay 9-1, Milwaukee 5-4. Away Record:
Green Bay 0-8, Milwaukee 0-9. Neutral Record: Green Bay 1-1, Milwaukee 0-2.
Conference Record: Green Bay 4-3, Milwaukee 1-5. Series Record: Green Bay
GAME NOTES: A disappointing season for the Milwaukee Panthers moves along
Friday night, as they host the Green Bay Phoenix in Horizon League action at
the Klotsche Center.
Milwaukee has won a total of five games in 20 opportunities, and is a mere 1-5
in league action. Since defeating Cleveland State a little over a week ago,
the Panthers have bowed to both Youngstown State (75-72) and Illinois-Chicago
(60-50), the latest defeat taking place just two nights ago in the Windy City.
As for Green Bay, it is still winless in true road games this season, coming
up empty in eight opportunities. The squad kicked off a four-game road trip on
Wednesday night and was taken down by Valparaiso in a 73-61 final. The defeat
snapped what had been a four-game win streak for the program.
Dating back to 1971, the series between these two teams is under the control
of Green Bay, which owns a 26-19 advantage. However, Milwaukee has won three
straight encounters, the latest coming on the road last season in an 81-75
The Phoenix are slated to host the Panthers in one of the final games of the
regular season on Feb. 26
Despite converting just nine field goals in the first half, Green Bay was able
to stay close to Valparaiso, but that was before the Crusaders began to pull
away after the break. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Alec Brown with 18
points, followed by Keifer Sykes with 15, but he shot only 5-of-14 from the
floor. Brennan Cougill continued to be a spark off the bench with his 12
points and seven rebounds, but he missed all three of his 3-point tries, the
team hitting only 4-of-17 on the perimeter. Cougill had been one of the go-to
guys in the starting lineup for Green Bay, but the last several weeks have
seen him performing as a reserve and that has his scoring average down around
12 per game. Sykes paces the squad in scoring at the moment with his 15.3 ppg
and is also first with 4.2 apg as well, yet the group is still scoring less
than 66.0 ppg at the moment.
Held below 60 points for the fourth time in the last six outings, the Panthers
were absolutely dreadful in the second half versus Illinois-Chicago on
Wednesday night. One of the most dismal 20-minuute periods in program history,
Milwaukee shot just 3-of-25 from the floor, missing all 17 chances behind the
3-point line, as it generated a paltry eight points en route to the double-
digit loss to the Flames. Paris Gulley and Jordan Aaron did their best to keep
hope alive as they tallied 14 and 13 points, respectively, but they combined
to shoot just 10-of-31 from the floor and 5-of-18 out on the perimeter. Most
disappointing is the fact that Milwaukee led by 17 at the break, and 19 points
moments into the second half, before everything fell apart. Gulley, who is
scoring 15.6 ppg on the season overall, has boosted his efforts slightly in
conference games where he is delivering 16.2 ppg, but still the Panthers are
netting only 58.8 ppg versus Horizon League opponents.
The absolute break down of the Panthers two nights ago will be hard to fight
back from, but the good news is that it really can't get much worse for the
group. However, as long as Cougill continues to be a threat coming off the
bench for Green Bay, Milwaukee will have another tough fight on its hands.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Green Bay 67, Milwaukee 63
01/25 10:30:14 ET
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