Panthers Headed To KC For Saturday Contest With Kangaroos

Nov. 28, 2013

 Game #9 | Milwaukee (6-2) @ Kansas City (1-4)
 Date  Saturday, Nov. 30 | 7 p.m. CST
 Location  Municipal Auditorium | Kansas City, Mo.
 Milwaukee TV  Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (Daron Sutton and Adrian Tigert)
 Radio  WISN-AM1130 (Bill Johnson and Kevin O'Connor) - Listen Live  Live Stats
 More Information  Milwaukee Game Notes

Need To Know
• The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team wraps up the month of November with one more road game, heading to Kansas City for a battle with UMKC Saturday.

• The Panthers captured an easy 89-56 win over Judson Tuesday night at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Milwaukee scored 67 points in the paint and shot better than 52 percent from the field in claiming the victory.

• Milwaukee has already set a school record for wins in the month of November.

• The Panthers have three true road wins this season after collecting just one all of last season. And, five of the Panthers' six victories this year have come outside of the city of Milwaukee. If UWM could get a fourth non-league true road win Saturday, it would mark the most since the 2004-05 campaign.

Austin Arians has reached double figures in all eight games this season while Kyle Kelm has moved his way into the starting lineup for the last two games and has reached double digits seven times.

• The Panthers have a +2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

• Milwaukee enters play Saturday with four players averaging in double figures. Matt Tiby tops the charts with 14.5 points, and he adds 8.6 rebounds per contest. The Panthers have already had nine different players collect at least one double-figure scoring outing.

• Kansas City is 1-4 on the young season and last played Monday in a loss to Iowa State. The Kangaroos have moved from the Summit League to the Western Athletic Conference.

• Game #9
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team returns to the road for its final game of November, playing at Kansas City Saturday night.

• A Quick Scout
Kansas City enters Saturday's game at 1-4 ... the Kangaroos last played Monday, falling 110-51 at Iowa State ... UMKC has moved from the Summit League to the Western Athletic Conference ... four players are averaging in double figures for the Kangaroos ... UMKC's win this season came at Tennessee-Martin ... Kareem Richardson, a former Louisville assistant, is in his first season as head coach.

• Matchup Notes
This is the first game of a home-and-home series between the two schools, with the return game at the U.S. Cellular Arena next season ... the two teams haven't played since November of 1999, when the Panthers claimed a 70-68 win in Kansas City for then-coach Bo Ryan's second win ... UWM last played in Kansas City in December 2004, facing then-#1 Kansas at Kemper Arena.

• 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 three true road wins and five victories outside of Milwaukee.

• Notable Victory Numbers
Milwaukee is off to a 6-2 start and has hit a number of notable milestones in the process:

- The Panthers have set a school record with six wins in the month of November. The previous best was five, set in both 2009 and 2011.

- The Panthers have won three-straight true road games, equaling streaks from 2007-08, 2009-10 and 2010-11. Should they win again Saturday, it would be the longest road winning streak since they won five-straight in 2004-05.

- Prior to this season, Milwaukee had never won more than two true road games in the month of November.

- Milwaukee's three non-league road wins equal the team total from the 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons. If UWM could get its fourth win Saturday, it would equal the most since 2004-05.

- Milwaukee now has two wins over NCAA Tournament teams (Davidson and James Madison) and has overcome double-digit deficits in two of its three true road wins.

• Last Time Out
Austin Arians and Kyle Kelm combined to make all 13 of their shots from the field and each scored 14 points to lead UWM to an 89-56 win over Judson University Tuesday night at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The outcome was never in doubt as the Panthers scored 13 of the first 15 points of the game and were never threatened. Milwaukee dominated the game on the interior, scoring 67 points in the paint. UWM set the tone by shooting 60 percent in the first 20 minutes, outscoring Judson 41-4 in the paint during the first half alone. Arians was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field while Kelm went 6-for-6. J.J. Panoske and JeVon Lyle added 10 points apiece off the bench.

• Senior Salute
Kyle Kelm has gotten his senior season off to a great start. Kelm has been in double digits in seven of his eight outings this year and has now earned his way into the starting lineup. His early-season has been highlighted by a 16-point effort against DePaul and three 14-point outings. He has now played in 98 career games and made 34 starts, scoring 570 career points while adding 339 rebounds.

• Lineup Movement
Milwaukee has already used three different starting lineups just eight games into the season, but each and every combination seems to be working just fine. Thierno Niang was in the starting five at the start of the season but wound up sidelined with concussion-like symptoms and was replaced by Austin Arians. Now, Kyle Kelm has used his great run of early-season play to claim a starting spot from J.J. Panoske. UWM has claimed at least one win with all three starting combinations, and the Panthers seem to be settling into a nine-person rotation barring foul troubles.

• Oh So Many Options
One thing has become clear over the first eight games of the season - Milwaukee has plenty of options on offense. The Panthers have already had nine different players collect at least one double-figure scoring outing, with four players entering play Saturday averaging at least 10 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 eight games of the 2013-14 campaign. In fact, the bench efforts have been so strong two players who started the season as reserves are now in the starting five. Kyle Kelm reached double figures off the bench five times this season before moving into the starting lineup for last Saturday's win at Tennessee Tech. Austin Arians did it twice before moving into the starting lineup at the NIU Invite in place of the injured Thierno Niang. Plus, Malcolm Moore added a double-figure outing in the win over NIU before J.J. Panoske and JeVon Lyle each hit double-digits Tuesday. That gives the Panthers 10 double-figure bench efforts in the first eight games of the season. They had 18 such outings through all of last season.

• A Winning Ratio
The early-season has found the Panthers sharing the basketball while also taking great care of it, resulting in an amazing turnaround in both assists and turnovers from a season ago. In all, Milwaukee has a +2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio this season through eight games, averaging less than 12 turnovers per contest. Compare this to a year ago, when Milwaukee had a -2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio and was averaging less than 11 assists per contest. Tuesday night against Judson, the Panthers collected 26 assists, the most since tallying 32 in a win over Prairie View in November of 2004 and the fourth-most in school history.

• Free Stuff
The Panthers have done a strong job during the early season of establishing an inside edge and using it to get to the foul line on a regular basis. In fact, Milwaukee has made 154 free throws while its opponents have attempted just 159. Even better, the Panthers are shooting very well from the line, converting on 75.5 percent of their attempts. While there is a long way to go in the season, the school record for free throw percentage is 74.5 percent, set in the 1993-94 campaign. Plus, at just about the quarter point of the season, Milwaukee is on pace to break the single-season record for made free throws (542).

• 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 in the home opener. 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 Ones That Are Back
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. There are other familiar names on the 2013-14 Panther roster. 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. Kyle Kelm had 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.

• The New Faces
Milwaukee's lineup this season includes a number of newcomers. 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. Meanwhile, a number of other players who expect to be part of the rotation are in their first seasons in Milwaukee. JUCO 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 UWM. And, freshman Cody Wichmann is active 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.

• Other News And Notes
UWM collected three wins in three days to claim the NIU Invite Nov. 15-17 ... the tournament title was the first for Milwaukee since the 2002-03 season, when it claimed a title at Missouri State ... Jordan Aaron and Matt Tiby each claimed spots on the all-tournament team ... Steve McWhorter earned Horizon League Co-Player of the Week honors Nov. 18.



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