Panthers Hit The Road For Saturday Contest With Tennessee Tech

Nov. 22, 2013

 Game #7 | Milwaukee (4-2) @ Tennessee Tech (3-3)
 Date  Saturday, Nov. 23 | 7 p.m. CST
 Location  Eblen Center | Cookeville, Tenn.
 Milwaukee TV/Video  OVC Digital Network
 Radio  WISN-AM1130 (Bill Johnson) - Listen Live  Live Stats | OVC Broadcast
 More Information  Milwaukee Game Notes

The Last Meeting
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December 15, 2012
Klotsche Center
Panthers Stay Cold In Home Loss To Tennessee Tech
Jud Dillard scored 17 points as Tennessee Tech claimed a 69-58 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saturday night at the Klotsche Center. Jordan Aaron had 15 points while James Haarsma added 14 points and 14 rebounds for Milwaukee, which saw its offensive struggles continue. The Panthers (3-9) shot just 32.2 percent from the floor and had 16 turnovers.

Need To Know
• The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team hits the road for the sixth time in its first seven games, playing a Saturday night contest at Tennessee Tech.

• The Panthers had a four-game winning streak snapped in an 80-71 loss to DePaul Tuesday night at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Playing for the fourth time in five days, Milwaukee seemed to hit a wall at about the 10-minute mark but still pushed the Big East's Blue Demons to the limit.

• Milwaukee built its four-game winning streak in part by capturing the title of the NIU Invitational last weekend. UWM won three games in three days in the event, beating San Jose State, James Madison and Northern Illinois. 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.

• The Panthers have been riding an inside edge to an advantage at the foul line early in the season. Milwaukee has made 122 free throws while its opponents have attempted just 125.

• Milwaukee enters play Saturday with four players averaging in double figures and a fifth at 9.5 points per contest. Tiby tops the charts with 15.5 points, and he adds 9.2 rebounds per contest. The Panthers have already had seven different players collect at least one double-figure scoring outing.

• Tennessee Tech enters Saturday's contest at 3-3 overall after an easy win over Indiana-Kokomo Thursday night. The Golden Eagles own a home win over Loyola, which beat UWM earlier this season.

• Game #7
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team hits the road again for a Saturday night contest at Tennessee Tech.

• A Quick Scout
Tennessee Tech enters Saturday's contest 3-3 after an easy win over Indiana-Kokomo Thursday night ... Ty Allen leads the Golden Eagles at 13.3 points per game while Ladon Carter adds 10 points per contest and is shooting 78 percent from the floor ... TTU owns a home win over Loyola, which beat UWM in the season opener ... opponents are shooting almost 40 percent from three-point range against the Golden Eagles.

• Matchup Notes
This is the second game of a home-and-home series between the two schools ... Tennessee Tech claimed a win at the Klotsche Center a season ago ... the two teams also played in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, with the Golden Eagles claiming wins each time ... the trip to Cookeville in 2005 also marks the last time the Panthers played in the state of Tennessee.

• Hitting The Road
The Panthers will be getting used to spending plenty of time away from home during the 2013-14 season. Milwaukee will play just 12 of its 30 regular season games at home this year. Four of the 18 away games will be played on neutral courts. UWM's 12 home games are easily the least in the Horizon League. UIC will play 14 home games plus two additional games in Chicago. Every other league team will play 15 or 16 home contests. The road wasn't kind to Milwaukee last season, as the Panthers went 1-15 in true road games and 1-17 total in games outside of Milwaukee. But UWM has had pretty good success on the road recently, winning seven true road games in 2011-12 and eight road contests in 2010-11. This season, UWM already has two true road wins and four victories outside of Milwaukee.

• Last Time Out
Cleveland Melvin scored 20 points and DePaul shot nearly 61 percent in the second half to claim an 80-71 win over UWM Tuesday night at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The two teams traded the lead over the first 20 minutes and the Panthers were still within three at the midway point of the second half. But, playing for the fourth time in five games, Milwaukee appeared to run out of gas down the stretch. Matt Tiby scored 20 points and added 11 rebounds for Milwaukee, which also got 16 points from Kyle Kelm. Brandon Young contributed 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists for DePaul.

• Collecting A Tourney Title
Before Milwaukee's hard-fought loss to DePaul Tuesday night, the Panthers collected three wins in three days to claim the NIU Invitational this past weekend. 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. Aaron had 24 points while Matt Tiby added 16 points and 13 rebounds. Sunday, the Panthers dug out of an early 21-7 hole and saw five players reach double figures in wrapping up an 82-69 win over the host Huskies. The tournament title was the first for Milwaukee since the 2002-03 season, when it claimed a title at Missouri State.

• Honors Aplenty
The Panthers four-game winning run of last week 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 six 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 four players entering play Saturday averaging at least 12 points per game. Milwaukee has had five players reach double figures in a game twice and four players do so in three other 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 six games of the 2013-14 campaign. Kyle Kelm has already been in double figures off the bench five 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 eight double-figure bench efforts in the first six games of the season. They had 18 such outings through all of last 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 10 turnovers per game in the last five outings.

- Milwaukee has made 28 three-pointers in its last three games.

- Milwaukee has made 41 more free throws than its opponents, converting 122-of-163 for a solid 74.8 percent clip.

- The Panthers have outscored their opponents in the second half of four of their six 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 past 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. He then debuted at home with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to DePaul Tuesday. 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.

• Panther Profile
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.

• #BackToTheCell
Milwaukee made its official return to the U.S. Cellular Arena Tuesday when it opened 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.



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