Davidson Home Game, Tough Road Slate Highlights 2012-13 Schedule
Sept. 18, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team will play 11 games against teams that played in the postseason a year ago, according to the full 2012-13 schedule released today by head coach Rob Jeter.
The group includes NCAA qualifier Davidson, which will visit the Klotsche Center Nov. 17.
Milwaukee will also host CIT qualifier Buffalo Dec. 5 while playing at Wisconsin (NCAA), Northern Iowa (NIT) and Fairfield (CIT) during its non-conference slate.
In all, UWM will play 14 regular season home games and tackle 11 contests against teams that won at least 20 games a season ago. Milwaukee will also play games against teams from the Big Ten, Big East and SEC.
"We are trying to challenge ourselves early so we are prepared for the league," Jeter said. "For the first time in a number of years we'll be playing our first league games in January instead of early December so that gives us a few more contests to get prepared. We have early tests right away in November and then we have difficult games in December to really get us ready. There are plenty of good teams we're going to have to play on the road and some pretty good home games that we're excited about."
The Panthers host UW-Parkside in an exhibition game Nov. 5 before opening the regular season Nov. 9 against the University of Mary. UWM then heads to Columbia, SC, to face the University of South Carolina Nov. 11, with the Gamecocks in their first season under Frank Martin. Milwaukee then comes back home Nov. 17 for what will be a highly-anticipated battle with Davidson, which won 25 games and made the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
"People can come in and get an early look at us against a very, very good team," Jeter said. "I think everyone knows about the success Davidson has had as a program and how well-coached they are. I believe they will have one of their best teams so it will be a great test for us and a very good way for us to get people interested and engaged early in the season."
The Panthers then head south, playing at Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 19 before playing two games in Puerto Vallerta, Mexico, Nov. 24-25. The Hoops for Hope Classic, which also includes the road games at South Carolina and UALR, finds Milwaukee facing Jacksonville on the 24th before the Panthers play Rider on the 25th.
"We just want our guys to experience new things and have a good experience while they're here," Jeter said. "Being in an exempt tournament gives you the chance to play more games and now you add in Puerto Vallerta, and it's another experience for these guys and another opportunity to learn and grow."
Upon returning to the States, the Panthers have a run of interesting contests. It starts Dec. 5 when Buffalo visits the Klotsche Center in a rematch of a BracketBusters contest from two years ago. Northern Illinois then comes to campus Dec. 7 before the Panthers make the short trip to Rosemont, Ill., to take on DePaul Dec. 9. This is the third-straight year UWM and DePaul are squaring off, with the two teams having split their first two matchups.
Milwaukee then stays on the road for another BracketBusters rematch, this one at Fairfield Dec. 12. UWM comes back home to host Tennessee Tech Dec. 15 and heads to Madison to take on Wisconsin Dec. 22. The 2012 calendar year then ends with the Panthers hosting Ohio Dominican Dec. 29.
The previously announced Horizon League slate finds Milwaukee opening a league tournament champion Detroit Jan. 3, while the league home opener is Jan. 12 against regular season champion Valparaiso. Green Bay visits the Klotsche Center Jan. 25 while the regular season concludes Feb. 26 at Green Bay.
"Starting the league schedule in January gives you a little more time to prepare, but we still have a lot of games jammed into some time periods," Jeter said. "Everyone has to face some stretches where they play three games in five or six days. We also end almost a week earlier than everyone else. It could be good because it will give us an opportunity to rest up, or it could be bad to allow some rust to settle in. We'll look at it as a positive and use it as a time to get ourselves ready for the postseason."
UWM will also play on the road in BracketBusters this year, with that game set for Feb. 23.
The Panthers are playing all of their home games this season at the on-campus Klotsche Center, returning to make the venue their permanent home for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Full-season packages range in price from $75-$250, with limited opportunities available for courtside seating. Weekender packages are also available, with single-game tickets on sale in October. For more information on ticket packages for the upcoming year, contact the ticket office at 414-229-5886.
Milwaukee heads into the 2012-13 season returning three starters and eight letterwinners from a team that won 20 games and played in the College Basketball Invitational.
Thomas, a 6-foot-7 wing player from Riverside Academy outside of New Orleans, had signed a letter of intent with UWM this past spring and attended classes at Milwaukee this summer.
Meanwhile, the Panthers have a pair of additional staff updates as the new school year begins.
Former Panther Chris Hill, who served as an academic advisor last season, will be the team's video coordinator this year. Former Panther Tone Boyle, who was the video coordinator last season, will become a graduate manager as he returns to school to earn his masters degree.
2012-13 Milwaukee Men's Basketball Schedule