Panthers Start Three-Game Homestand With Thursday Battle Against Detroit

Feb. 5, 2013

 Game #24 | Detroit (15-8, 7-3) @ Milwaukee (5-18, 1-8)
 Date  Thursday, Feb. 7 | 7 p.m. CST
 Location  Klotsche Center | Milwaukee, Wis.
 Milwaukee TV  Sports32 (Daron Sutton and Adrian Tigert)
 Radio  WISN-AM1130 (Bill Johnson and Jerard Ajami) - Listen Live  Gametracker | HLN Broadcast
 More Information  Milwaukee Game Notes | Tickets

The Last Meeting
January 3, 2013
Detroit, Mich.
Titans Use Big Second-Half Surge To Beat Panthers In League Opener
Five players scored in double figures and Detroit broke open a close game midway through the second half en route to a 74-59 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Thursday night at Calihan Hall. The defending league tournament champion Titans (9-5), who raised their championship banner before the game, used a 21-4 run to break a 40-all tie and take over the contest.

The Hot List
• The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team starts a three-game homestand by welcoming Detroit to the Klotsche Center Thursday night.

• The Panthers dropped a 71-40 decision to first-place Valparaiso Friday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Crusaders made 56 percent of their shots from the field while the Panthers converted just 27 percent of their shots.

• Milwaukee has been outscored in seven of the nine second halves in the league and has been outscored 159-86 in the second half over its last four games. UWM has led at the half in 11 of its 23 games this year.

• The Panthers used their seventh different starting lineup of the season Friday at Valpo, with Austin Arians garnering his second career start.

Paris Gulley has been in double figures in points in 13 of the first 17 games he has played in this season, including four 20-point performances. He missed the first six games of the year with a broken hand.

• Two freshmen have emerged as regular parts of the rotation for Milwaukee. J.J. Panoske has started the last six games and had eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in Milwaukee's last home appearance. Austin Arians bounced back from a scoreless effort against Green Bay by scoring 17 points last Wednesday against Loyola. He moved back in the starting lineup Friday at Valpo.

• Detroit is 15-8 overall and 7-3 in the Horizon League after claiming a home win over Youngstown State Friday night. Ray McCallum leads the team in scoring and assists.

• Game #24
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team begins a three-game homestand with a Thursday night contest against Detroit.

• A Quick Scout
Detroit is 15-8 overall and 7-3 in the Horizon League ... the Titans claimed sole possession of second place with a win over Youngstown State last Friday night ... Ray McCallum leads the team in both scoring and assists and is one of the favorites for Horizon League Player of the Year honors ... UDM is averaging 79 points per game on offense and has double-digit league road wins over Youngstown State and Loyola to its credit ... Detroit was picked to finish second in the league this season ... the Titans won the Horizon League Tournament title a season ago and played in the NCAA Tournament.

• Matchup Notes
UWM leads the all-time series with Detroit, 21-18 ... the overall series with the Titans has worked its way to the advantage of the Panthers thanks to a good run of success of late by Milwaukee, which has won 17 of the last 23 meetings with Detroit ... the two teams split their matchups a season ago, with the Panthers running out to a 26-point lead en route to a win in Milwaukee before the Titans staged a late rally to win in Detroit ... the two sides have played a number of excellent games over the years ... in 2007-08, the Panthers were down 14 points with 6:30 to play only to rally, with a Paige Paulsen three giving UWM a 55-53 victory ... the two teams also played a pair of OT games in 2006-07 and UWM overcame a 10-point deficit at Detroit during the 2005-06 campaign ... Milwaukee beat Detroit, 59-58, in the 2005 league title game.

• The First Meeting
Five players scored in double figures and Detroit broke open a close game midway through the second half en route to a 74-59 victory over UWM Jan. 3 at Calihan Hall. The defending league tournament champion Titans, who raised their championship banner before the game, used a 21-4 run to break a 40-all tie and take over the contest. Paris Gulley scored 22 points to lead Milwaukee, which led by as many as six points in the first half and 37-36 after a J.J. Panoske three-pointer with 16:45 remaining. James Haarsma added 11 points and Panoske eight points and six rebounds for UWM.

• Back Home Again
UWM is playing all of its home games at the on-campus Klotsche Center this season, a spot the Panthers have traditionally had a distinct homecourt advantage. Milwaukee has won 23 of its last 29 non-exhibition games in the building. Going further back, UWM is 50-15 in its last 65 non-exhibition contests in the building. The Panthers have not called the building their permanent home since the 2002-03 season and Rob Jeter has been the head coach for just 12 regular season games in the building. Prior to this season, the last time UWM played a regular-season Horizon League game in the building was the end of the 2003-04 season, a year Milwaukee played three regular season games on campus. The Panthers have won 14 of their last 17 games over Horizon League foes at the Klotsche Center.

• An Eventful Homestand
Milwaukee is back at home for three-straight games over the next week, as the Panthers will host Detroit, Wright State and Loyola. This contest with Detroit is AthletiCo/UWM Army ROTC/National Guard Military Appreciation Night. All fans in attendance will receive a free cinch sack while UWM students in attendance will receive a free t-shirt. Then Saturday against Wright State is Hall of Fame Night and Alumni Night, with Milwaukee's 2003 NCAA Tournament team recognized at halftime. There will be Panther Sunglasses and a NCAA Tournament Commemorative Poster for all fans in attendance. Finally, next Tuesday against Loyola UWM will honor the 203 student-athletes who posted a 3.0 or better grade-point average during the first semester of the school year. All three contests will air live on Time Warner Cable's Sports32.

• BracketBuster Setup
UWM will play IUPUI in the annual BracketBusters event, with all of the matchups in the event set Monday. The game is set for Sat., Feb. 23, in Indianapolis, Ind. The contest will tip off at 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. CST. As part of the BracketBusters contract, IUPUI will play a return game in Milwaukee either next season or in 2014-15. This season, IUPUI is 6-19 and has dropped nine-straight games. The Panthers and Jaguars squared off at the U.S. Cellular Arena a year ago, with Milwaukee claiming a 62-49 win.

• Numbers, Tips And Trends
- Milwaukee used its seventh different starting lineup of the season in last Friday's loss to Valparaiso. The Panthers have had 11 players make at least one start, with seven of those players making their first start at UWM. The latest change saw freshman Austin Arians make his second career start in place of Jordan Aaron, who was late for a team meeting earlier in the day.

- UWM has gone deeper into its bench over the last two games after using just seven players in three-straight outings. Ten Panthers have played in each of the last two games, including 10 minutes from walk-on Quinton Gustavson Friday.

- Milwaukee has had 12 players appear in at least 12 of the 23 games this season.

- Two Panthers have still logged heavy minutes this season. Paris Gulley is averaging 36.6 minutes per contest while Jordan Aaron is averaging 35.9. Gulley had played 38 or more minutes in seven-straight games - including four-straight outings of 40 minutes - until playing 32 minutes at Loyola and 36 at Valpo. Aaron has played 37 or more minutes in each of the last five games, including a pair of 40-minute outings.

- The Panthers have led at halftime in 11 of their 22 games this season but have won just four of those 11 games.

- Freshman J.J. Panoske has started the last six games while Austin Arians made the second start of his career Friday. Panoske is averaging 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in league play while he is at 8.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest against league foes.

- Demetrius Harris has started 21 of 23 games this season and has tallied a pair of double-doubles. He had 11 points and eight rebounds Wednesday at Loyola and is averaging 9.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in league play. The senior has 197 points and 124 rebounds this season, easily surpassing the 39 points and 33 boards he collected all of last year.

- James Haarsma continues to try to shake a season-long shooting slump. He is shooting just 33.1 percent from the field and has made just three 3-pointers. A year ago, Haarsma shot 52.5 percent overall and made 31 three-pointers.

- Injuries continue to impact Milwaukee. Kyle Kelm missed the game with Ohio Dominican because of a concussion and was limited early in the season by a foot injury. Paris Gulley missed the first six games with a broken hand. Thierno Niang is sidelined indefinitely with a back injury that has plagued him since late November. And, Christian Wolf has not dressed for the last few games because of a concussion.

• The Last Time Out
Ben Boggs and Will Bogan scored 12 points apiece as first-place Valparaiso cruised to a 71-40 win over UWM Friday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Crusaders used a 23-3 run over the final six minutes of the first half and the first three minutes of the second half to take control of the game. Jordan Aaron scored 17 points to lead Milwaukee, which shot just 27.3 percent from the field and committed 16 turnovers. Milwaukee's 12 made field goals in the game tied a school-record low.

• Pinpointing Some Struggles
The last four games have seen Milwaukee encounter some major difficulties in the second half. In all, UWM has been outscored 159-86 in the second half of its last four games and has made 3-of-38 of its three-point shots in the second halves. The bad run started Jan. 23 against UIC, when Milwaukee scored just eight points, making just 3-of-25 from the field. UWM went the final 9:31 of the game. In all, UWM was 0-of-17 from three-point range in the second half against the Flames. The Panthers have also given up extensive runs in each of the last four games, with UIC scoring 19-straight points, Green Bay going on an 18-2 run, Loyola tallying 20-straight points and Valpo using a 23-3 run that bridged the late first and early second halves.

• The W's And The L's
As one might expect, there are certainly some stark statistical differences in Milwaukee's five wins compared to its 18 losses:

			W's	L's
FG%			43.0	36.0
Def FG%			37.9	47.0
3FG%			38.5	26.1
3FG's Made/GM		10.0	5.7
PPG			78.6	55.9
PPG Against		64.8	71.0

• Bench Brigade
The Panthers continue to get some very strong efforts from their bench. Wednesday at Loyola, Austin Arians scored 17 points off the bench and Milwaukee had a 22-5 edge in bench points. Friday, Jordan Aaron came off the bench to score 17. UWM has now had 12 double-figure efforts from its bench this season. The full list:

Austin Arians (5) - 13 @ UALR; 10 vs. Rider; 19 vs. Cleveland State; 15 vs. Youngstown State; 17 @ Loyola
Jordan Aaron (2) - 34 vs. Ohio Dominican; 17 @ Valparaiso
Kyle Kelm (2) - 15 vs. Mary; 11 vs. Davidson
Evan Richard (1) - 11 vs. Rider
J.J. Panoske (1) - 13 @ Wisconsin
Demetrius Harris (1) - 14 vs. Ohio Dominican
Ryan Haggerty (1) - 12 vs. Cleveland State

• Great To Have Him Back
Paris Gulley missed the first six games of the season with a broken hand but has been putting plenty of points on the board since returning Dec. 1. He scored 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field in his return against Northern Iowa and has added three additional 20-plus-point performance while reaching double figures in 13 of his 17 outings. He is averaging 14.1 points per game overall and 13.2 points per contest in league play.

• Making His Point
Jordan Aaron continues to be a presence in the backcourt and has now really started to show off his distribution skills. The junior dished out 11 assists vs. Cleveland State - tying the collegiate-high he set against Northern Illinois. He had eight more assists against Youngstown State and led the way with 20 points vs. Green Bay last Friday. He has struggled shooting the ball in league play, making just 34 percent of his shots. But he has a pretty strong track record of scoring this season, including 34 points vs. Ohio Dominican.

• Waiting In The Wings
UWM now has a total of five players that will be added to the active roster when the 2013-14 season arrives. Steve McWhorter transferred to UWM from Indiana State this summer and is practicing with the team while sitting out of games due to NCAA transfer regulations. Matt Tiby, a transfer from Kirkwood Community College, joined the Panther roster at the start of the second semester and will be practicing with the team while maintaining three seasons of college eligibility. Three other players signed National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period, as Trinson White of Milwaukee, Cody Wichmann of Pulaski and Brett Prahl of East Troy all officially agreed to join the Panthers.



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