Milwaukee (3-7) at Fairfield (5-5)
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 12, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Webster Bank Arena (9,000) -- Bridgeport, Connecticut .
Television: None. Home Record: Milwaukee 3-1, Fairfield 0-1. Away Record:
Milwaukee 0-4, Fairfield 2-4. Neutral Record: Milwaukee 0-2, Fairfield 3-0.
Conference Record: Milwaukee 0-0, Fairfield 1-1. Series Record: Milwaukee
GAME NOTES: The Fairfield Stags play just their second home game of the season
on Wednesday, as they entertain the Milwaukee Panthers in non-conference
action at Webster Bank Arena.
Fairfield, which has played a total of nine games on the road and on neutral
floors, is playing the first of back-to-back home dates on Wednesday before
going up against Drexel this coming weekend. The team is coming off a 65-52
win over Rider in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Sunday, giving
the Stags two wins in the last three outings overall.
As for the Panthers, they have won just three games in 10 chances and all of
them have come at home, which means winning on the road is a huge challenge.
Not only did Milwaukee again fall by double digits over the weekend at DePaul,
the squad was crushed by the Blue Demons in an 84-50 final at Allstate Arena,
which means the Panthers have now gone down in six of their last seven outings
According to Milwaukee's records, the Panthers own a 2-1 edge in the all-time
series with Fairfield after posting a 67-63 win at home back in February.
Hard to believe, but the Panthers actually led by four points early in the
meeting with DePaul on Sunday before having their doors blown off by 34
points. Milwaukee shot just 16-of-62 (.258) from the field and that included
an awful 1-of-17 (.059) effort behind the three-point line. The team did well
to hold DePaul to just 2-of-15 shooting on the perimeter, but that made very
little difference in the outcome. Paris Gulley was the lone double-digit
scorer for the visitors with his 14 points, shooting just 6-of-18 from the
floor, yet that was still better than the rest of the starters who combined to
make 5-of-27. Gulley has only been back in action for four games, but already
his presence can be felt as he leads the team in scoring with 18.8 ppg,
playing 37 minutes per outing. Jordan Aaron checks in with another 15.5 ppg
and is also first with four and a half assists per contest, which helps to
balance out his mere 38.5 percent shooting from the floor. As a team,
Milwaukee has connected on only 37.8 percent from the field.
If the Panthers thought their last outing was one they'd like to forget, they
need only look at the box score from Fairfield's meeting with Rider as the
Stags fumbled the ball away 23 times and the teams combined for an unhealthy
54 miscues over the course of 40 minutes. Maurice Barrow came off the bench
for the Stags to register a double-double consisting of 13 points and a game-
high 10 rebounds, his point total being matched by Colin Nickerson who knocked
down 6-of-9 shots from the floor. Derek Needham chipped in with 12 points, but
in his case he converted just 2-of-9 beyond the arc and 5-of-15 from the field
overall. Despite his lackluster shooting effort against the Broncs, Needham is
still the leading scorer overall for the Stags with his 14.0 ppg. Fairfield is
scoring just 63.1 ppg at the moment, with much of that having to do with the
mix-and-match nature of the starting lineup through the first 10 games.
Including Needham, the only other player who has started every game is Keith
Matthews (7.8 ppg) and with him having handed out just four assists during the
stretch, there's no guarantee he'll be there for long.
Both of these teams are coming off disappointing outings, although the Stags
actually won their contest which is rather hard to believe. Assuming that
Gulley can get his teammates to step up and play harder on Wednesday,
Milwaukee could get that elusive road win it needs for some confidence moving
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Milwaukee 66, Fairfield 64
12/12 10:53:16 ET
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