Back on the Road, Green Bay Faces Virginia on Saturday
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Green Bay returns to the road to begin a three-game road trip with its second trip in as many years to Charlottesville, Va. to face Virginia at 3:07 p.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin and ESPN3. While head coach Brian Wardle and the Phoenix will be playing their second game in the all-time series against Cavaliers, they will also be seeing a familiar face on the sidelines in former Green Bay standout and Virginia head coach Tony Bennett.
Bennett is the program's all-time leading scorer after starring in a Phoenix jersey from 1988-92. Virginia has won four-straight games, including Wednesday's impressive 60-54 victory at the Kohl Center against Wisconsin.
Green Bay enjoyed six days off since returning home on Nov. 24 with a 74-59 victory over another team that had won four-straight games, NDSU. The Phoenix knocked down 9-of-17 from long range and dished out a season-best 20 assists in the win.
FOLLOW THE PHOENIX: Phoenix fans will have numerous options to catch the action on Saturday afternoon, including Fox Sports Wisconsin, ESPN3 and a number of other television stations nationally. Rich Waltz will handle the play-by-play duties while Daymeon Fishbank will serve as the color analyst. To see the full list of channels carrying the game, click here.
The game will be carried live by WDUZ The Fan 1400 AM and online at thefan1075.com. The play-by-play voice of the Phoenix, Matt Menzl, will be on the call with Andrew Gavin. Live stats will be available on VirginiaSports.com. You can also stay up-to-date by following @GBPhoenixMBB and @GBGavin on Twitter.
1. FAIR AND BALANCED: Led by leading scorer Keifer Sykes' 21-point game, Green Bay put five players in double figures against NDSU. Sultan Muhammad (13), Kam Cerroni (12), Brennan Cougill (12) and Alec Brown (10) joined Sykes in double figures as five Phoenix players reached double digits in a game for the first time since Feb. 12, 2012 at Detroit. The 20 assists handed out in the victory were the most by the Phoenix since Dec. 31, 2011 at Valpo, a span of 21 games.
2. OLD FOR 18: Syeks entered the 2012-13 season as a starting point guard and a team captain. He entered as a Preseason All-Horizon League Second-Team. The sophomore entered the year after a season in which he scored 335 points (most by a Phoenix freshman since Bennett) and was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team. Amazingly, he also entered as an 18-year old, and he will stay that way through the first 13 games of his sophomore campaign. After playing his first 13 games at age 17, Sykes is now averaging 15.1 in 23 games as an 18-year old.
3. FAST START FOR THE FROSH: Wardle started a true freshman in the opener for the third-straight season, and freshman Jordan Fouse (Racine, Wis.) has made it look like a great decision. The 6-foot-7 Fouse is averaging 5.5 points and leads the team in rebounds (7.7), steals (1.5) and blocks (1.5) through six games. He has led the team in rebounding in four times.
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