Nov. 18, 2013
Need To Know
The Last Meeting
December 9, 2012
Panthers Ice-Cold In Loss At DePaul
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee shot just 26 percent from the field in falling 84-50 to DePaul at the Allstate Arena Sunday afternoon. The Blue Demons took control of the game with a 14-point run midway through the first half and never let the Panthers back in the game.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team opens its 2013-14 regular season home schedule with a Tuesday night contest against Big East foe DePaul.
The Panthers won the NIU Invite this weekend in DeKalb, winning three games in three days. Milwaukee knocked off San Jose State Friday, James Madison Saturday and the host Huskies Sunday.
Milwaukee finished the weekend with double-digit wins in its final two games. Sunday against NIU, the Panthers overcame a 21-7 deficit and extensive foul trouble to outscore the Huskies, 75-48, over the final 29 minutes of the game.
Matt Tiby and Jordan Aaron each earned spots on the all-tournament team at NIU, and the tourney title was Milwaukee's first since the 2002-03 season. Plus, Steve McWhorter claimed Horizon League Co-Player of the Week recognition.
Tuesday marks UWM's official regular season return to the U.S. Cellular Arena after a one-year absence.
Milwaukee enters play Tuesday with five players averaging in double figures. Tiby tops the charts with 14.6 points, and he adds 8.8 rebounds per contest. The Panthers have already had seven different players collect at least one double-figure scoring outing.
DePaul enters Tuesday's contest at 2-1 and is coming off an 81-72 home win over Wright State.
The Blue Demons are the second current Big East member to visit The Cell for a non-league game with Milwaukee (Marquette the other). Butler visited regularly when it was in the Horizon League.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team makes its regular season home debut Tuesday night when DePaul visits the U.S. Cellular Arena.
A Quick Scout
DePaul enters Tuesday's contest at 2-1 ... the Blue Demons claimed an 81-72 win over Wright State Saturday at the Allstate Arena ... Cleveland Melvin leads the Demons in both scoring and while Tommy Hamilton tops the team in rebounding ... DePaul is averaging nearly 82 points per game and shooting almost 48 percent from the floor.
This is the fourth-straight season Milwaukee is playing DePaul, but the first time the two teams are meeting in Milwaukee ... the Blue Demons have won two of the previous three meetings in recent seasons ... last year DePaul captured an 84-50 win ... DePaul is just the second current member of the Big East to play the Panthers at The Cell in a non-league game ... Marquette visited in November of 2010 ... Butler played the Panthers a number of times at The Cell when it was a member of the Horizon League ... UWM is 20-3 in home openers since 1990 and Rob Jeter is 8-0 in home debuts ... tonight's game is the first this season on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, with Daron Sutton and Adrian Tigert on the call ... the Panthers Postgame Party also returns to Major Goolsby's immediately after the game on WISN Radio (AM 1130).
Milwaukee will be making its official return to the U.S. Cellular Arena Tuesday as it opens its home regular season schedule. UWM announced this summer it will be returning its home games to the U.S. Cellular Arena. The University and the Wisconsin Center District have signed a five-year agreement that puts the Panthers back downtown after a one-year absence. Before moving to the on-campus Klotsche Center this past year, Milwaukee had played nearly all of its home games downtown since the 2003-04 campaign. Nine of Milwaukee's 12 regular season home games will be downtown this season, with every home game expected to be played at the off-campus venue in following seasons. In all, since returning to the Division I ranks in 1990, the Panthers have played 208 regular season and postseason home games at the Cell. Upon returning downtown for the 2002-03 league tournament, the Panthers embarked on a tremendous run of success that included three Horizon League regular season crowns, three NCAA Tournament appearances and a 94-36 mark on the U.S. Cellular Arena floor.
Fast Start And Busy Stretch
Tuesday's game marks the fourth outing in five days for the Panthers, who are looking to extend their hot start to the season. Milwaukee's 4-1 record after five games equals their start from the 2011-12 campaign, when the Panthers eventually turned a 4-1 mark into an 8-1 record. The most recent better start for Milwaukee came in 2004-05, when the Panthers opened their year with six-straight wins. Plus, UWM has won four in a row for the first time since the end of the 2011-12 campaign and has already doubled their total of true road wins from a season ago.
Last Time Out
Malcolm Moore scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures and UWM overcame plenty of foul trouble and an early 14-point deficit to claim an 82-69 win over Northern Illinois and the championship of the NIU Invitational. The Panthers looked to be in deep trouble when they fell down 21-7 and saw Matt Tiby, Jordan Aaron and Kyle Kelm all sent to the bench with two fouls early in the first half. Instead, sparked by Moore, the strong direction and leadership of Steve McWhorter and some timely plays by others, Milwaukee outscored NIU, 75-48, over the final 29 minutes of the game. McWhorter had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, scoring 12 of his points in the first half. Austin Arians and Aaron added 13 apiece, while Kelm fought through his foul trouble to score 12 points and grab six rebounds in 17 minutes.
The Rest Of The Weekend
UWM collected two other wins this past weekend in DeKalb. Friday against San Jose State, the Panthers could never completely pull away and had to fend off a pair of game-tying three-point attempts to wrap up a 64-61 win. Jordan Aaron had 16 points to lead the team in the victory. Then Saturday, Milwaukee steadily broke down the James Madison zone and pulled away for a 77-66 win. Jordan Aaron had 24 points while Matt Tiby added 16 points and 13 rebounds. The tournament title is the first for Milwaukee since the 2002-03 season, when it claimed a title at Missouri State.
The Panthers four-game run of this past week has landed a number of Milwaukee players on the honors list. Steve McWhorter claimed Horizon League Co-Player of the Week honors after averaging 11.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. Austin Arians claimed weekly league honors from College Sports Madness after averaging 13 points per game. Plus, Jordan Aaron and Matt Tiby each claimed spots on the NIU Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Oh So Many Options
One thing has become clear over the first five games of the season - Milwaukee has plenty of options on offense. The Panthers have already had seven different players collect at least one double-figure scoring outing, with five players entering play Tuesday averaging in double figures. Milwaukee has had five players reach double figures in a game twice and four players do so in the other three contests.
And How About That Bench?
UWM got a number of strong performances off the bench a season ago and the trend has continued in the first five games of the 2013-14 campaign. Kyle Kelm has already been in double figures off the bench four times this season while Austin Arians did it twice before moving into the starting lineup this past weekend in place of the injured Thierno Niang. Plus, Malcolm Moore added a double-figure outing Sunday, giving the Panthers seven double-figure bench efforts in the first five games of the season.
Many Other Keys
A handful of other numbers are also big keys to the Panthers' early run of success.
- After committing 18 turnovers in its season-opening loss at Loyola, the Panthers have averaged only slightly over 10 turnovers per game in the last four outings.
- Milwaukee has made 21 three-pointers in its last two games.
- Milwaukee has made 32 more free throws than its opponents, converting 102-of-140 for a solid 72.9 percent clip.
- The Panthers have outscored their opponents in the second half of four of their five games this season.
- Milwaukee now has two wins over NCAA Tournament teams (Davidson and James Madison) and has overcome double-digit deficits in each of its two true road wins.
- UWM won this weekend's tournament title with three sophomores in the starting five.
Making People Take Notice
It is safe to say people have already started to notice Matt Tiby. The sophomore newcomer has put together quite a run to open his career. He scored 20-plus points in each of the first two games of the season before adding his first collegiate double-double in the win over James Madison. Tiby is the first Panther since Ed McCants to score 20 or more points in each of his first two games as a Panthers, as McCants scored 20 and 23 in his first two outings of the 2003-04 season. Plus, Tiby's efforts at Loyola in the opener marked the best scoring debut by a Panther since Paige Paulsen tallied 27 points in the 2006-07 opener vs. Radford. It was also the first time a new player reached the 20-point mark in his debut since Tone Boyle scored 20 in the 2008-09 opener.
The 2013-14 UWM men's basketball team will look to a number of new faces along with some key returnees as it hopes to bounce back from the 2012-13 campaign. The Panthers return seven players that made at least one start a season ago, though that group of seven combined for just 68 starts over the course of the year. Those seven, plus one additional returnee, are joined by a group of 11 new players. Eight of the 11 are eligible this season, and new faces account for eight of the team's 13 scholarship players.
The Star Of The Show So Far
Senior guard Jordan Aaron heads the list of returnees. Aaron was named to the Preseason All-Horizon League Second Team after claiming a spot on the league's all-newcomer team a season ago. He finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game, making 30 starts and reaching double figures a team-best 23 times. He also had 128 assists, including a pair of double-figure assist outings. The biggest change for Aaron this season will be in his position. After playing as Milwaukee's point guard much of last season, he'll move to his more natural off-guard spot this year.
Two Other Pretty Familiar Names
A number of young faces look to have a bright future for the Panthers after strong 2012-13 campaigns. Now-sophomore J.J. Panoske made 16 starts and averaged 5.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He also set a single-season school blocks record and had a record seven blocks vs. Loyola last February. Another sophomore, Austin Arians, started three times but made his biggest impact off the bench. He finished fourth on the team in scoring at 6.6 points per game, making 42 three-pointers.
The Older Group
A handful of players also return this season with a little more experience under their belts. Kyle Kelm has played in 90 career games entering this year, averaging 5.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest. Meanwhile, Evan Richard has played in 51 games in two seasons. One veteran who doesn't have much experience but is being counted on this season is Thierno Niang, who made an early impact last season before being sidelined by a back injury. He has started the first two games of the season.
New But Old
Milwaukee's lineup this season includes a number of newcomers, but two of those new faces were actually part of the squad a season ago. Indiana State transfer Steve McWhorter is the starting point guard after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer regulations. He played two seasons with the Sycamores, including one that ended in the NCAA Tournament. The Racine native's arrival is the piece that will allow Jordan Aaron to move to an off-guard spot. Meanwhile, Iowa native Matt Tiby will play this season after arriving in the middle of last season. Tiby played a single season of junior-college ball before sitting out last season, maintaining sophomore standing and three seasons of eligibility.
Then The Truly New Faces
A number of other players who expect to be part of the rotation are in their first seasons in Milwaukee. Junior college transfer JeVon Lyle comes to UWM after spending the past season in junior college. He also spent a year as a redshirt at Northern Iowa. Fifth-year senior Malcolm Moore is eligible immediately after graduating from UTEP following this past season. He is currently enrolled in graduate school at Milwaukee. And, freshman Cody Wichmann looks like he'll play this season after starring at Pulaski High School. A number of other newcomers will redshirt in 2013-14, including junior college transfer and Milwaukee native Trinson White, twin freshmen big men Brett and Alex Prahl and Northern Illinois transfer Akeem Springs.