Panthers Head To Green Bay For Tuesday's First Round Tournament Game

March 4, 2013

 Game #32 | Milwaukee (8-23, 3-13) @ Green Bay (16-14, 10-6)
 Date  Tuesday, March 5 | 7 p.m. CST
 Location  Resch Center | Green Bay, Wis.
 Milwaukee TV  None
 Radio  WISN-AM1130 (Bill Johnson and Kevin O'Connor) - Listen Live  Live Stats | HLN Broadcast
 More Information  Milwaukee Game Notes | Tickets

The Last Meeting
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February 26, 2013
Green Bay, Wis.
Green Bay Rides Inside Edge, Career Night From Brown To Win Over Panthers
Alec Brown scored 28 points and Green Bay used a 15-1 run to take control of the game late in the second half en route to a 78-61 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Tuesday night at the Resch Center. The Panthers were within 57-52 after a Paris Gulley jumper with 6:24 remaining but Green Bay scored nine points over the next 70 seconds to seize control of the game. Gulley led Milwaukee (8-23, 3-13 Horizon) with 19 points while Jordan Aaron and Demetrius Harris added 15 apiece.

The Hot List
• The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team opens the 2013 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament with a first round game at Green Bay.

• The Panthers ended their regular season with a 78-61 loss at Green Bay one week ago.

• Milwaukee is the ninth seed in the league tournament while Green Bay is the fourth seed. This is the first tournament matchup between the two schools since 2000. The Panthers were swept by the Phoenix during the regular season.

• UWM is 14-14 all-time in the league tournament but is 12-7 with three tournament titles since 2003. The Panthers have won at least one game in the tournament for four-straight seasons.

Paris Gulley has been in double figures in 21 of the 25 games he has played in this season, including six 20-point performances. He missed the first six games of the year with a broken hand.

Demetrius Harris continues to put together a solid senior year, starting 28 times. He is averaging 9.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and is averaging 18 points per game in his last two outings.

• Milwaukee has used eight different starting lineups this season and 12 different players have made at least one start. Two of UWM's starters on opening day (Thierno Niang and James Haarsma) are both out with season-ending injuries while a third (Christian Wolf) has been limited over the last month because of a concussion.

• Green Bay went 10-6 in league play but lost on the final day of the regular season to fall into the fourth seed.

• Game #32
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team opens play in the 2013 Horizon League Tournament with a first round contest Tuesday at Green Bay.

• A Quick Scout
Green Bay is 16-14 overall and 10-6 in the Horizon League ... the Phoenix entered the final week of the regular season with a chance to move as high as second in the league standings but wound up as the fourth seed ... the Phoenix went 1-5 against the group of three teams that finished ahead of them in tournament seeding ... Green Bay fell at home to Valparaiso Saturday ... Keifer Sykes and Alec Brown both average in double figures on offense while Brennan Cougill is just shy of 10 points per game ... Green Bay is 11-3 at home.

• Matchup Notes
Green Bay holds a 27-22 lead in the all-time series with UWM ... the Panthers have sliced into that advantage in recent seasons, winning 17 of the last 28 meetings between the two schools ... UWM has won three times on its last seven trips to Green Bay ... Rob Jeter is 8-8 against the Phoenix in his head coaching career ... Jeter was on the Marquette coaching staff when Green Bay head coach Brian Wardle was a player.

• The First Meeting
Alec Brown scored 23 points and Green Bay used an 18-2 run to bust open a tight game in claiming a 74-54 win over UWM Jan. 25 at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers had the game tied at 41-apiece on a pair of Demetrius Harris free throws with 14:05 remaining, but the Phoenix scored the next 11 points and went up 59-43 by the time the run was complete. Jordan Aaron scored 20 points to lead Milwaukee.

• The Second Time Around
Alec Brown scored 28 points and Green Bay used a 15-1 run to take control of the game late in the second half en route to a 78-61 win over UWM last Tuesday night at the Resch Center. The Panthers were within 57-52 after a Paris Gulley jumper with 6:24 remaining but Green Bay scored nine points over the next 70 seconds to seize control of the game. Gulley led Milwaukee with 19 points while Jordan Aaron and Demetrius Harris added 15 apiece. But the Panthers shot just 37.5 percent from the floor and connected just four times from three-point range.

• Plenty Of Time On The Road
Tuesday's first round league tournament game at Green Bay will add to a stretch of time away from home for Milwaukee. In fact, the Panthers will have played five of their last six games on the road when you add in Tuesday. UWM has grown used to playing on the road this season, though, as the Panthers played nine of their 15 non-league games outside of Milwaukee, including road games at Northern Iowa, DePaul, Wisconsin and Fairfield. Milwaukee also opened league play with two-straight road contests for the first time since 2007-08. The road hasn't been kind to Milwaukee this season, as the Panthers are 1-14 in true road games and 1-16 total in games outside of Milwaukee. UWM had pretty good success on the road recently, winning seven true road games a season ago and eight road contests two years ago. The Panthers last played a true road game in the league tournament in 2010, when Milwaukee lost in a semifinal contest at Butler.

• Tournament Time
The 2013 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament gets underway at three sites Tuesday with a champion set to be crowned one week later. Valparaiso has earned hosting rights for the bulk of the league tournament by winning the regular season title and top seed, but the Crusaders lost the championship game on their home floor a season ago. Detroit, which won the tourney last year, joins Valpo as teams that get byes into the semifinals, while Wright State finished third and gets a bump directly into the second round. Other first round games Tuesday find UIC hosting Cleveland State and Loyola traveling to Youngstown State.

• The Panthers In The Postseason
The postseason has been pretty kind to Milwaukee in recent seasons. In fact, while UWM is 14-14 all-time in the league tournament, the Panthers are 12-7 in the tournament since 2003, when they won their first of three league tournament titles. Milwaukee has also won at least one game in the league tournament in each of the last four seasons. The Panthers have not faced Green Bay in the league tournament since 2000 and have not opened the tournament with a road game since 2007. UWM's full league tournament history is on pages 8-9 of the notes.

• Celebrating The Seniors
UWM has five seniors that could see their college careers officially come to a close at some point during the league tournament. Ryan Haggerty, Christian Wolf, James Haarsma, Demetrius Harris and Paris Gulley all played their final home game in a Panther uniform two weeks ago against UIC. Haggerty has the longest tenure in Milwaukee, having spent the last five seasons with UWM, appearing in more than 100 games. Wolf has been in Milwaukee for four years after playing his first season at Florida Gulf Coast. Haarsma is in his third season in Milwaukee after two years at Evansville, and he surpassed 1,000 points in his Division I career in February. Gulley and Harris have each spent the last two seasons at UWM after playing a pair of seasons in the junior college ranks, and both have been regular starters this season.

• Numbers, Tips And Trends
- Jordan Aaron averaged 17.5 points per game in two regular season meetings with Green Bay while Paris Gulley added 14.5 points per contest.

- Demetrius Harris is averaging 18 points and seven rebounds per game in his last two outings.

- Jordan Aaron has scored 15 or more points in five of his last six games while Paris Gulley has reached double figures in eight-straight games. Aaron has pushed up to seventh in the league in scoring while Gulley is eighth.

- That high-scoring duo was honored by the league during the season. Aaron has been named league newcomer of the week twice, winning the award after Milwaukee's win over Davidson in November as well as after the Panthers beat UIC and IUPUI two weeks ago. Gulley was the league player of the week two weeks ago after the UIC and IUPUI wins.

- The duo of Aaron and Gulley have logged heavy minutes this season. Gulley is averaging 37.0 minutes per contest while Jordan Aaron is averaging 35.5. Those numbers have Gulley leading the league with Aaron sitting third. Gulley has played 37 or more minutes in 12 of his last 16 games, including a run of four-straight games with a full 40 minutes under his belt. Aaron has played the full 40 minutes twice in the last 10 games while also playing all but about 40 seconds of Milwaukee's 2 OT win over IUPUI just over a week ago.

- Milwaukee saw a streak of six-straight games of 40 percent or better shooting snapped last Tuesday at Green Bay, when the Panthers shot just 37.5 percent. The run of plus-40 percent performances had followed a 27-percent effort at Valpo.

- Milwaukee has used eight different starting lineups this season. The Panthers have now had 12 players make at least one start, with eight of those players making their first start at UWM. Two of the five players who started opening day are out with season-ending injuries, as Thierno Niang (back) and James Haarsma (foot) are both sidelined. Another starter from the first game, Christian Wolf, has missed much of the last month-plus of the season with a concussion.

- Milwaukee has had 12 players appear in at least 14 games this season, while nine players have played in at least 10 of UWM's 16 league contests.

- The Panthers have led or been tied at halftime 14 times this season but have won just six of those 14 games.

- UWM saw three players score 20 or more points in the win over IUPUI Feb. 23, as Jordan Aaron scored 28, Demetrius Harris 21 and Paris Gulley 20. That's the first time that has happened since Feb. 5, 2005, when Joah Tucker (26), Ed McCants (22) and Boo Davis (20) did it.

- The win at IUPUI marked the first time the Panthers played in and won a double overtime game since January of 2001 at Loyola.

- Freshman J.J. Panoske has started the last 13 games while freshman Austin Arians has started three times and has become a regular part of the rotation. Panoske averaged 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in league play while Arians finished at 7.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest against league foes.

- Panoske set a new school record with seven blocks in the win over Loyola three weeks ago as the Panthers also tied a team school record with 11. Panoske is now up to 39 blocks in the season - a freshman record - in spite of only limited minutes early in the year.

- Demetrius Harris has started 28 of 31 games this season and has tallied a pair of double-doubles. He had 20 points and nine rebounds in the win over IUPUI and added 15 points and five rebounds at Green Bay Tuesday. He is now averaging 9.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The senior has 284 points and 163 rebounds this season, easily surpassing the 39 points and 33 boards he collected all of last year.

- Ryan Haggerty has become a regular in the starting five and made his 100th career appearance last month against UIC. He is the only senior on the Panther roster to have spent his entire career in Milwaukee.

• Bench Brigade
UWM continues to get some strong performances off its bench. In the win over IUPUI it was a pair of usual starters leading the way, as Demetrius Harris and Paris Gulley combined for 41 points in reserve. Evan Richard and Austin Arians have also each had double-figure efforts off the bench over the last five games. Plus, Milwaukee's two best individual scoring outputs of the season have come from the bench. James Haarsma's 26 points against Detroit is second on that list to the 34 Jordan Aaron scored in a reserve role against Ohio Dominican in late December. UWM has now had 18 double-figure efforts from its bench this season. The full list:

Austin Arians (6) - 13 @ UALR; 10 vs. Rider; 19 vs. Cleveland State; 15 vs. Youngstown State; 17 @ Loyola; 15 @ Cleveland State
Jordan Aaron (2) - 34 vs. Ohio Dominican; 17 @ Valparaiso
Kyle Kelm (2) - 15 vs. Mary; 11 vs. Davidson
Evan Richard (2) - 11 vs. Rider; 11 @ Youngstown State
Demetrius Harris (2) - 14 vs. Ohio Dominican; 21 @ IUPUI
J.J. Panoske (1) - 13 @ Wisconsin
Ryan Haggerty (1) - 12 vs. Cleveland State
James Haarsma (1) - 26 vs. Detroit
Paris Gulley (1) - 20 @ IUPUI

• 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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