Nov. 4, 2012
Exhibition Game #1
Parkside (8-18) @ Milwaukee (20-14)
Mon. Nov. 5 7 p.m. CST
Klotsche Center Milwaukee, Wis.
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team plays its one and only exhibition contest of the 2012-13 season by welcoming UW-Parkside to the Klotsche Center Monday night.
The Panthers return three starters and eight letterwinners from a team that won 20 games and played in the College Basketball Invitational a season ago.
Milwaukee has been picked to finish sixth in the Horizon League and did not land anyone on the preseason all-league team.
UWM's returning starters include inside players James Haarsma and Kyle Kelm as well as shooting guard Paris Gulley. Gulley is expected to be sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks after breaking his left hand in practice last week.
A number of new faces are expected to have an impact for Milwaukee, with at least a pair likely to be a part of the starting lineup. Jordan Aaron is the odds-on favorite to be the starting point guard after transferring from Southeastern Community College. Meanwhile, Thieno Niang will likely step in at the off-guard spot while Gulley is sidelined. Niang played the last two seasons at Triton Community College.
UWM gets its regular season started Friday against the University of Mary. The Panthers then embark on a difficult stretch that includes games at South Carolina, UALR and Northern Iowa as well as a home game against Davidson.
Parkside returns three starters and eight letterwinners from a team that went 8-18 a season ago. The Rangers did upset the Panthers in an exhibition contest in 2006-07, but UWM has won the four exhibition matchups between the two schools since then.
Exhibition Game #1
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team plays its one and only exhibition contest of the 2012-13 season, welcoming UW-Parkside to the Klotsche Center Monday night.
A Quick Scout
Parkside returns three staters and eight letterwinners from a team that went 8-18 a season ago ... the Rangers have been picked to finish sixth in the eastern division of the highly-competitive Great Lakes Valley Conference ... Luke Reigel is heading into his 10th season as the head coach at Parkside ... the Rangers beat the Panthers in an exhibition game in 2006 but UWM has won the last four exhibition meetings between the two teams.
The Panther Overview
UWM returns three starters and eight letterwinners from a team that posted a 20-14 mark a season ago. In fact, the Panthers qualified for the postseason for the second year in a row, earning a spot in the College Basketball Invitational. Milwaukee's season ended with a loss at TCU in the first round of the postseason. Now, Milwaukee turns its focus to the 2012-13 campaign looking for its third 20-win season in the last four years along with its ninth top-four league finish in 11 years.
Let's Get Started
Milwaukee's three returning starters bring plenty to the table. Senior James Haarsma tops the list of returnees after averaging 10.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game a season ago. Haarsma started 33 games and shot better than 52 percent from the field. He also earned Horizon League Player of the Week honors early in the season and just missed out on league all-newcomer recognition. Starters Paris Gulley and Kyle Kelm also return after taking on key roles a season ago. Gulley started 29 games and averaged better than eight points per contest. He also made just under 40 percent of his three-point shots. Gulley, though, is expected to be sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks after breaking his hand in practice last week. Meanwhile, Kelm started 20 games and averaged almost eight points per contest. Kelm is expected to take another big jump before this season and should be a starter up front.
More Familiar Faces
Milwaukee has some veteran depth to bring off the bench this season. Ryan Haggerty has played in 81 games in his first three seasons at UWM while Christian Wolf has three years of Division I experience under his belt. Meanwhile, senior Demetrius Harris played in 19 games a season ago after transferring from Mineral Area CC and is now expected to play a more expanded role. The former football standout could well start in the frontcourt for Milwaukee alongside Haarsma and Kelm. Guard Evan Richard is also back after playing in 25 games a year ago.
Looking To Make A Point
UWM is looking for a new point guard in 2012-13 with the departure of all-league performer Kaylon Williams. But, confidence is running high that junior college transfer Jordan Aaron can fill the void. Aaron played the past two seasons at Southeastern Community College and was highly sought-after before coming to Milwaukee. As a freshman as SECC, Aaron led his team to the national semifinals. Then he added 14.4 points per game as a sophomore.
Some Other New Guys
The Panthers will certainly be counting on some other new faces in 2012-13. JUCO transfer Thierno Niang could well be in the starting lineup as the season begins after two strong seasons at Triton Community College. Niang also played for Senegal's national team in the 2011 African Championships. Madison Edgewood standout Austin Arians could also be a contributor after earning Associated Press and WBCA All-State honors as a senior in high school. Plus, J.J. Panoske will hit the active roster this season after redshirting a year ago. Panoske was an all-state performer at Randolph High School and is expected to be a big contributor both inside and out in 2012-13.
Panthers Vs. Panthers
Demetrius Harris and Steve McWhorter scored 19 points apiece to lead the Gold to an 88-77 win over the Black Tuesday night at the annual Full Court Club Intrasquad Scrimmage. The fast-paced affair saw the two teams combine for 20 made three-pointers. James Haarsma led the Black with 20 points while newcomer Jordan Aaron had 19 points and six assists. A pair of freshmen also shined. Redshirt freshman J.J. Panoske had 12 points and three blocks for the Gold while true freshman Austin Arians made five 3-pointers en route to 15 points for the Black. In all, five players reached double digits for the Gold while four others hit double figures for the Black. In addition to the six assists by Aaron at the point for the Black, Thierno Niang had eight assists to go with 14 points for the Gold.
The Panthers were picked to finish sixth in the Horizon League in a preseason poll of the league's coaches, sports information directors and media. No Milwaukee player landed on the all-league team. Valparaiso, the defending league regular season champion, was picked to win the crown, while Detroit was picked to finish second.
UWM has again assembled a difficult non-league schedule. The Panthers will play at Wisconsin, South Carolina, Northern Iowa and DePaul while hosting Davidson Nov. 17. Milwaukee is also spending Thanksgiving in Puerto Vallerta. In all, the Panthers will play 11 games against teams that played in the postseason a year ago while squaring off with squads from the SEC, Big East and Big Ten.
The Panthers are playing all of their home games this season at the on-campus Klotsche Center, which now seats approximately 3,400 fans. UWM hasn't made the building its permanent home since the 2002-03 campaign, though Milwaukee did play one regular season and one league tournament game on campus a season ago.
A Leader On The Horizon
The Horizon League takes on a slightly new look in 2012-13 with the departure of Butler to the Atlantic 10. That move caused a late adjustment in the league schedule, which now will not begin until early January. The Panthers are scheduled to open league play on the road at NCAA qualifier Detroit. UWM also now takes over the mantle of winningest Horizon League program over the last 12 years. The Panthers are the only school to average more than 10 league wins per season in that time and Milwaukee has been below .500 in league play just once in 12 years. UWM's 130-70 mark in 12 seasons bests Wright State (113-87) by 17 games and those are the only two schools to win at least 100 league games in that time.
Single-game tickets for this season's UWM home games are now on sale. Tickets for all games are available through Ticketmaster or through the Panther Ticket Office in the Pavilion. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com, all Milwaukee-area Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Panther Ticket Office, located in the lobby of the Pavilion. Additional information is available by calling the ticket office at 414-229-5886. Single-game ticket prices start at just $10. Full and partial season-ticket packages also remain available through the UWM Ticket Office, including the special 2 for $99 offer. This season's Mini-Pack ticket offer includes the games with Tennessee Tech (Dec. 15), Valparaiso (Jan. 12), Green Bay (Jan. 25) and Detroit (Feb. 7).