Men's Basketball Preview vs Oakland - Friday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.
CATCH THE ACTION: Friday, Feb. 24 - 6 p.m. CT // RESCH CENTER
Matchup: Green Bay Phoenix (17-11, 11-5 HL) vs Oakland Golden Grizzlies (22-7, 12-4 HL)
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Green Bay owns the slight 7-6 edge in the series after winning earlier this season in Rochester. The Golden Grizzlies won both meetings last year and Green Bay is 4-2 all-time at home against Oakland.
LAST TIME OUT
Green Bay picked up its fifth road win in Horizon League play this season, winning 87-79 at UIC on Tuesday night. The Phoenix scored 56 points in the second half after trailing by seven at the midway points. Warren Jones converted on five made 3s and scored 22 points, including four 3s in the opening four minutes of the second half when Green Bay desperately needed his scoring. Four other players finished in double-figures, led by a pair of double-doubles from Charles Cooper (18 points, 13 rebounds) and Kerem Kanter (11 points, 13 rebounds). Khalil Small registered 15 points and Jamar Hurdle added 10. Green Bay tallied a season-high 57 rebounds in the game and went 8-for-16 from 3-point range, helping to win its 10th-straight game over UIC.
DESTINY FOR NO. 2
Friday’s result between Oakland (12-4 HL) and Green Bay (11-5 HL) will go a long way in shaping the bracket at Motor City Madness next weekend in Detroit. The winner will grab a strong hold of the No. 2 seed in the tournament. An Oakland victory would lock up the No. 2 seed for the Golden Grizzlies, while a Green Bay win would create a tie and give the advantage to the Phoenix thanks to the season sweep having already won at Oakland. The path to the No. 2 seed and a day off in the tournament for Green Bay is simple, two wins at home this weekend and it’s secured. The Phoenix won the tournament last year as a No. 4 seed, winning four games in four days.
Charles Cooper and Kerem Kanter each registered a double-double in Tuesday night’s win at UIC, the second time this season that two Green Bay players have done so in the same game. Kanter was also a part of the first occurrence at Oakland on Jan. 27 at the O’Rena, joined by Kenneth Lowe’s first career double-double. Kanter has notched six double-doubles this season (the fifth most for any Horizon League player this season) while Cooper picked up his second. The Phoenix is 2-0 in games when two players have a double-double, with both wins coming on the road.
BETTER WHEN BALANCED
Five players recorded double-figure scoring efforts in the win against UIC, the sixth time this season that five players have scored 10 or more points for Green Bay in the same game. The Phoenix is 5-1 this season when that happens, with the only defeat coming against Central Michigan and the nation’s leading scorer in Marcus Keene. Five players have reached double-figures in three Horizon League games this year, and the team is a perfect 3-0 in those games.
Over the past four seasons, including this year, Green Bay has gone 12-2 in its final four games of the regular season. The Phoenix is 2-0 already this season, went 3-1 in each of the last two years and went 4-0 in 2013-14. The program is again in position to gain momentum heading into the postseason, with its final two games coming at the Resch Center as it tries to go 4-0 again.
J0NE$ FOR 3
Warren Jones drained five 3s against UIC, going 5-for-7 from deep and leading the Phoenix with 22 points. Jones has now made five 3s in two Horizon League games this season and has made multiple 3s in eight league games. The senior is second on Green Bay in scoring in conference play with 11.4 points per game on 47.5 percent (28-for-59) shooting from 3-point range, which also leads the league. He has now scored in double figures in 11 of 16 Horizon League games this season.
Green Bay leads the league in scoring at 80.4 points per game and ranks 41st nationally in that category. The Phoenix has scored 80 or more points in 11 Horizon League games this year and has won its last four games when its scored 80 or more. Green Bay ranks 10th in adjusted tempo, which calculates the number of offensive possessions per 40 minutes, averaging 74.6 possessions per game.
Green Bay is averaging a Horizon League-best 37.6 bench points per game in Horizon League play and is fresh off a 50-point barrage on Tuesday night at UIC. The team has scored 50-plus bench points twice this season and has scored 40 or more bench points in five games. The top scorers for the Phoenix in league play this season (Charles Cooper and Warren Jones) are both coming off the bench, as are three of the top five with Jamar Hurdle.
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