Men's Basketball Game Preview: vs Milwaukee (1/6/17)
CATCH THE ACTION: Friday, January 6 - 7:00 p.m. CT // Green Bay, Wis. (Resch Center)
Matchup: Green Bay Phoenix (8-6, 2-0 HL) vs Milwaukee Panthers (4-11, 0-2 HL)
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Where to Watch: TV - TWC SportsChannel Online - ESPN3 (subject to blackout in Green Bay & Milwaukee)
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Green Bay leads the all-time series with Milwaukee, having won 34 of the 58 all-time meetings. The Phoenix went 2-1 against the Panthers last year, winning at home and losing by one in Milwaukee, but won the most important meeting in the Horizon League Tournament Second Round.
LAST TIME OUT - W, 90-77 @ YOUNGSTOWN STATE
Charles Cooper came through big off the bench for the second-straight game and his team dished out a season-high 25 assists on Saturday afternoon, as Green Bay knocked off Youngstown State 90-77 at the Beeghly Center. Cooper registered a season-high 22 points in his second straight game off the bench. The Gary, Ind., native is averaging 20.5 PPG over his last two and recorded his second career double-double against the Penguins (7-8, 1-1 HL) after tallying 10 rebounds. The Phoenix also totaled a season-high free throw percentage (77.3 percent) after making 17 of its 22 attempts. Cooper was key in that stat, going 6-for-7 at the line. Turner Botz scored a season-high 16 points on four made 3s. Botz has now totaled eight 3s in his last two games, coming through with big shots at key moments of the game.
Green Bay is fresh off a 2-0 road swing, where it earned an overtime victory at Cleveland State and a 13-point win at Youngstown State. Counting those two victories, Green Bay is now one of only 30 teams in the NCAA with four or more road wins as of Jan. 4. Overall, the Phoenix is 4-4 on the road this season and picked up two consecutive road wins to start the conference season for the first time since 2013-14. Green Bay will now look to start 3-0 in league play for the fourth-consecutive season when it hosts Milwaukee.
FOUR IN A ROW
The Phoenix has now won a season-best four games in a row and is riding the longest current win streak among all Horizon League teams. During this four-game winning streak, five players are averaging in double figures, led by Charles Cooper’s 14.7 PPG. Jamar Hurdle (13.5 PPG), Trevor Anderson (12.8 PPG), Kerem Kanter (12.3 PPG) and Turner Botz (10.3 PPG) are all averaging in double figures, one of the key reasons the team is 4-0. The team is +6.3 in turnover margin and is averaging 11.8 steals per game and 6.0 blocks per game.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Charles Cooper garnered his first-ever Horizon League Player of the Week award for this outstanding play in Cleveland and Youngstown over the weekend. Cooper averaged 20.5 PPG, 9.0 RPG and shot over 59 percent from the field in those two games. The Gary, Ind., native put up 22 points and 10 rebounds to notch his second career double-double against the Penguins and did so coming off the bench in both games, which was the first time he has not started a game at Green Bay while active. Cooper did still average the third-most minutes on the team in those games, so starting or not, Cooper still averaged his 27 minutes per game.
HORIZON LEAGUE OPENERS
Green Bay has now won its last four Horizon League regular-season openers, and has won eight of its last 11 overall. The matchup against Cleveland State marked the first time since the 2012-13 season that Green Bay has played its first Horizon League contest on the road. Green Bay has gone 38-13 in Horizon League play over the last three seasons, the second-best win total and record over that span (trails only Valparaiso at 38-12). The Phoenix has finished fourth or better in the League in each of the last three seasons and has won 20 or more games overall in each of those years as well. Green Bay has started 2-0 in Horizon League play in each of the last three seasons and will look to make it four-straight when it visits Youngstown State.
HORIZON LEAGUE LEADERS
Even though the sample size is small, Green Bay is still leading the Horizon League in points per game (83.0), assists (18.0 per game), steals (9.5 per game), blocks (7.0 per game) and rebounds (46.5 per game). Individually, Cooper ranks third in the league in scoring (20.5 PPG) and fifth in rebounding (9.0 RPG), while Turner Botz is second in 3-point field goals made (4.0 per game) and Jamar Hurdle is fourth in blocked shots (2.5 BPG).
HOME AT LAST
Green Bay will begin a stretch of playing five of six games at home, where it currently owns a 3-1 record. The Phoenix will open up with rival Milwaukee and will then host NKU and Wright State for a pair of midweek games. Following a bus trip to Valparaiso on Monday, Jan. 16, Green Bay will return home again to host Youngstown State and Cleveland State. Five of the first eight Horizon League games will be played at the Resch Center, and Green Bay has already won two of those games, which came on the road.
Through 14 games this season, Green Bay has enjoyed a balanced attack in multiple games. In nine of 14 games this year, the Phoenix has had four players or more record double-figures in points. In the last seven games alone, there have been four or five players in six of those games to notch double-figure scoring outputs. Three of the last seven games have seen five players in double figures, with the Phoenix going 4-2 in those games. Overall, Green Bay is 6-2 when four players or more reach 10-plus points.
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