GREEN BAY, Wis.
(GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Finishing a
three-game road trip, the Green Bay men's basketball team visits the Kohl
Center in Madison to face in-state foe Wisconsin on Wednesday night at 8:06
p.m. The Big Ten Network will provide live coverage of the game which will mark
the third-straight season that the Phoenix has played at Wisconsin, who will
visit the Resch Center in 2013-14.
Both teams will be looking to bounce back from road losses. The Phoenix returns to Wisconsin after a 74-68 loss at Tennessee Tech last Thursday night. Sophomore Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) scored 18 points and senior Brennan Cougill (Sioux City, Iowa) added
17 points in the defeat. The Badgers fell on Saturday 60-50 at Marquette to
fall to 6-4 on the season.
Sykes leads three Phoenix players
averaging in double figures and is fifth in the Horizon League in scoring at 16
points per game. Four Badgers average 10 or more points per game, led by senior
big man Jared Berggren's 14.3 scoring average.
PHOENIX: Including the Big Ten
Network broadcast, Phoenix fans will have numerous options to catch the action
on Wednesday night. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Mike Kelley (color analyst)
will be on the call for the BTN beginning at 8 p.m. Fans can also catch a live
radio broadcast on 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 Cordero
1. ROAD TRIPPIN': Wednesday night's game is the last non-conference road game until a
BracketBuster contest in February and ends a stretch of seven of nine games
away from home to start the season. The Phoenix has played road games in five
different states and traveled over 4,000 miles during a 35-day stretch with
just one home game.
2. CHARITY CASE: The charity stripe has been kind to the Phoenix this season as Green
Bay ranks second in the Horizon League and 29th nationally in free throw
percentage (.759). The Phoenix has connected on 34 more made free throws than
its opponents and has three of the top six free-throw shooters in the Horizon
League. Junior Kam Cerroni (16-16, 1st), sophomore Keifer Sykes (35-40, 5th) and senior Brennan Cougill (23-27, 6th) are each shooting
above 85 percent from the line.
3. OLD FOR 18:
Sykes entered the 2012-13 season as a starting point guard and a team captain.
He entered as a Preseason All-Horizon League Second-Team. He entered the year
after a season in which he scored 335 points (most by a Phoenix freshman since Tony
Bennett in 1988-89) 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 25 games as an 18-year old.
• INSIDE THE SERIES: Wednesday will mark the 19th all-time meeting between Green Bay and
Wisconsin, with the Badgers holding a 17-1 advantage overall and 15-0 in
Madison. The two teams have played every year since 1999. Wisconsin is slated
to visit the Resch Center in 2013-14. Brown has led the Phoenix in scoring
against Wisconsin in each of his two seasons at Green Bay.
• FINALLY HOME:
Green Bay, the lone Horizon League squad to have played just two home games,
will finally return to the Resch Center on Saturday, hosting Southern Illinois
at 7 p.m. The contest is a Festival
Foods Family Game and the first 1,000 youth fans in attendance will receive
a titanium necklace presented by Baylake Bank. The Phoenix game against the
Salukis will kick off a four-game homestand with games against Marquette (Dec.
19), South Dakota (Dec. 22) and Illinois-Springfield (Dec. 30).
• FAST START FOR THE FROSH: Head coach Brian
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
five points and leads the team in rebounds (7.5), steals (1.4) and blocks (1.4)
through eight games. He has led the team in rebounding in five times.
• SYKES SANS SOPHOMORE SLUMP: Sykes has picked up where he left off in 2011-12,
avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump in the process. Sykes has reached double
figures in seven of eight games this season and dating back to his freshman
campaign has scored 10 or more in 22 of the past 25 games. He leads the team
and is fifth in the Horizon League in scoring at 16.0 points per game.
• BLOCK PARTY:
In his time at Green Bay, 7-foot-1 Alec
Brown (Winona, Minn.) has swatted 165 shots to shatter the Phoenix career
record. With 89 blocks as a sophomore, Brown averaged 3.0 per game, a number
that ranked in the top-10 nationally. Youngstown State senior Damian Eargle
recently broke the HL career blocks record and has 243. Brown will be looking
to chase down his record over the next year and a half.
• SECOND CHANCES: Green Bay has hit the offensive glass extremely hard this season,
grabbing 23 more offensive rebounds than its opponents. Led by Fouse's 20,
Green Bay has four different players with 10 or more offensive rebounds
(Brown-18, Cougill-16, Mays-13).
• 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),
Cougill (12) and 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.
• DOUBLE THE FUN: In its Division I history, Green Bay has had two players post double
doubles on just four occasions. Remarkably, three of the four have come under
Wardle in the past three seasons. The most recent was against Southern Utah on
Nov. 16 when Brown had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Cougill registered 17
points and 10 boards in the 64-52 win.
• ELITE COMPANY: Brown was in elite company in 2011-12. Brown, then a sophomore, was one
of only two players to average at least 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks
per game. The other? Kentucky's Anthony Davis, who was selected first overall
in the 2012 NBA Draft. Brown is a Preseason All-Horizon League First-Team
selection heading into 2012-13.
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now with the Green Bay Athletics Ticket Office. For more information and to
order tickets, please call 920.465.2625, visit the athletics department offices
in the Kress Events Center or access GreenBayPhoenix.com/tickets.
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