Wednesday In Buffalo: Panthers Practice, Meet Media
March 19, 2014
BUFFALO, NY - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team got its first look at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo Wednesday night, taking part in its open NCAA Tournament practice while also meeting the media.
The Panthers square off with Villanova Thursday night at approximately 9:25 p.m. EDT/8:25 p.m. CDT.
Milwaukee reached the tournament with a great, four-game run through the Horizon League Tournament that included two true road wins. Senior Jordan Aaron is looking to keep that rolling.
"Hopefully, we can carry that into this tournament," Aaron said. "We just want to be gritty and just keep playing with that competitive spirit like we've been playing with throughout our conference tournament. Just stick to what the coaches have planning for us out there, and I think we should be fine."
The Panthers are well-aware of what a strong test second-seeded Villanova will pose. The Wildcats won the regular season Big East title and were thought to be very much in the running for a one-seed in the postseason.
"Villanova is a great team and they're very well-coached," Matt Tiby said "They have balance all around the floor. Their guards are very good, and they have a great player, Pinkston, down low. It just comes down to making stops."
Head coach Rob Jeter has talked in recent weeks about just how close his team is, and how they've bought in to working for each other. That theme was again prevalent as he spoke with people who may not be all that familiar with the Panthers.
"The positive is that our group - they're very close. They really care about each other," Jeter said. "These guys are talented enough, but they really care, and they're really sticking to the plan of just making the extra pass and trying to make sure they look out for their teammates rather than themselves."