Men's Basketball Game Preview: at Milwaukee - Feb. 18, 1:00 PM
CATCH THE ACTION: Saturday, Feb. 18 - 1 p.m. CT // Milwaukee, Wis. (UWM Panther Arena)
Matchup: Green Bay Phoenix (15-11, 9-5 HL) at Milwaukee Panthers (8-19, 4-10 HL)
Where to Watch: TV - Spectrum Sports Online - ESPN3 (subject to blackout)
Where to Follow: Live Stats - www.mkepanthers.com
Where to Listen: WNFL - 101.9 FM / 1440 AM
For Live in-game updates, follow: @gbphoenixmbb
Green Bay leads the all-time series 35-24 and picked up another win over the Panthers earlier this season 80-74. The Phoenix is 14-12 all-time in Milwaukee.
Green Bay suffered back-to-back losses in Horizon League play for just the second time this season, falling at Northern Kentucky and Wright State last weekend. The Phoenix came back from 18 down against the Norse and had a pair of possessions with under a minute to go to tie the game or take the lead, but NKU held on for the 69-67 win. Green Bay then traveled north to Wright State for a Saturday night showdown, which the Raiders won 88-79. WSU's Justin Mitchell recorded the first triple-double by any Horizon Leaue player this season, recording 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The Phoenix was led by Jamar Hurdle's 16 points and eight rebounds, but the team committed 19 turnovers that Wright State turned into 21 points. Green Bay shot over 50 percent in the game overall and over 50 percent from 3-point land, but WSU converted 22 of its 29 free throw attempts and knocked down 10 3s.
DOWN THE STRETCH SUCCESS
Over the last three seasons, Green Bay has finished the final four regular season games with a combined 10-2 record. The Phoenix has gone 3-1 in the last four games to conclude the season in the last two seasons and went 4-0 in 2013-14. Green Bay has four games remaining in 2016-17 and will look to end another high as it heads into Motor City Madness in Detroit. GB needs to win one more game OR have Detroit Mercy lose one more game in order to secure a top six finish. Should one of those results occur, Green Bay will avoid playing on the first day of Motor City Madness which includes the bottom four seeds.
Adding in Green Bay's 80-74 victory earlier this season, the Phoenix has now won five of the last six meetings in the series. The two teams met three times last season after facing off in the Second Round of the 2016 Horizon League Tournament, which Green Bay won 70-61 on its path to the championship. The Phoenix has won three of the last four meetings in Milwaukee, but the Panthers escaped with a 95-94 win in last year's meeting thanks to a pair of late free throws. Green Bay leads the all-time series 35-24 overall and Milwaukee leads 14-12 in the Cream City.
Here is where Green Bay stacks up in the Horizon League in a couple of key categories:
Scoring Offense - T-1st (80.0 PPG)
Scoring Margin - 2nd (+3.3)
Rebounding - 1st (40.8 RPG)
Steals - T-1st (8.2 SPG)
Blocks - 3rd (5.2 BPG)
KENNETH LOWE KEY ON D
Senior Kenneth Lowe may be the most important person to Green Bay’s success this season, but doesn’t always get the praise as those putting up big scoring numbers. Lowe has now reached double-figures in three of his last six games, after scoring in double-figures only twice in the previous 20 games. In league play alone, the athletic forward leads the Phoenix in steals (22) and blocks (19), while also leading the team in field goal percentage at 50.6 percent (44-for-87). Lowe is third in the league in steals (1.6 per game), fourth in blocks (1.4 per game) and 10th in offensive rebounds (2.2 per game). The senior also ranks fourth all-time in program history in blocks with 128, trailing Terry Evans for third all-time at 132 career blocks.
Green Bay has six seniors on the roster for 2016-17, the most in over 10 years. The six seniors, led by Charles Cooper’s 13.8 PPG, are combining to score 65 percent of the team’s points in league play. Warren Jones (10.5 PPG), Jamar Hurdle (8.5 PPG), Turner Botz (7.3 PPG), Kenneth Lowe (7.2 PPG) and Tevin Findlay (4.6 PPG) are all in their last year of eligibility in Green Bay, giving the Phoenix the most seniors on roster in the entire Horizon League. All six are averaging 17 MPG or more.
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