By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com)
- With the first two games of a four-game road trip in the books, Green Bay takes to the road again this
week for the Chicago swing at UIC and Loyola. Green Bay faces UIC on Thursday night
at 7 p.m. fresh off a 74-54
victory at Milwaukee last Friday night and with the memories of a Windy
City sweep to close the 2011-12 regular season.
The game will also open the
second half of the Horizon League schedule for the Phoenix, who sit in a tie
for second place at 5-3. One of team's league wins was less than three weeks
ago in Green Bay when the Phoenix
clawed past UIC 53-47. In that contest on Jan. 12, junior Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) scored a
game-high 21 points and added eight rebounds and four blocks. UIC was led by
Gary Talton's 11 points but the Flames were held to just 21 second-half points
and 34 percent shooting in the game.
Both teams enter playing good
basketball. Green Bay has won five of its past six games overall while UIC has
won three of four contests since the loss at the Resch Center. The teams are
led in scoring by their point guards - Green Bay's Keifer Sykes (15.3) and UIC's Talton (13.3).
PHOENIX: Fans will be able to catch Thursday night's Horizon League
showdown at UIC live on Time Warner Cable's Sports32 and on the Horizon League Network. Chris
Roth will handle the play-by-play duties for Sports32 while Phoenix Hall of
Famer Jeff Nordgaard will be alongside as the color analyst.
The game will also be carried live by WDUZ The Fan 107.5
FM/1400 AM and online at thefan1075.com.
The play-by-play voice of the Phoenix Matt Menzl will be on the call alongside Andrew
Gavin. Live stats will be available on UICFlames.com.
You can also stay up-to-date by following @GBPhoenixMBB and @GBGavin on Twitter.
1. INSIDE THE SERIES: Green Bay's win on Jan. 12
was its 50th in the series history as the Phoenix has faced the Flames more
than any other team in its history. The Phoenix owns a 50-35 all-time record
and will be looking to even its record in Chicago at 20-20.
2. BROWN'S GRAND NIGHT: Brown sparked Green Bay's
dominant second half last Friday, scoring 15 of his career-high 23 points. The
7-foot-1 big man surpassed the 1,000-career point mark in the process to become
the 25th member of the program's 1,000-point club. On Monday, Brown was
recognized for his strong play against Valpo and Milwaukee when he
was named Horizon League Player of the Week (20.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5
blocks per game).
3. SYKES IN THE CITY: Sykes, a Chicago native and
a Marshall High School grad, was terrific in his last performance in his
hometown. The 5-foot-11
guard scored 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting as Green Bay concluded the
2011-12 regular season with a 71-63 victory. He took over down the stretch,
making the last six baskets for the Phoenix. Sykes also added seven assists in
the contest against the Flames.
• WINDY CITY WINNING: In the past two seasons,
Green Bay has experienced success against teams from Chicago. Led by Sykes, the
Phoenix is 7-0 against Loyola (3-0), UIC (3-0) and Chicago State (1-0). Sykes
scored a season-high 27 points at UIC in the teams' last meeting on Feb. 25,
and the sophomore is averaging 14.1 points and 4.7 assists per game in the
seven games against his hometown schools.
• FIRST-HALF DEFENSE: Green Bay sits in a tie for
second place in the Horizon League standings through the first half of
conference play. The Phoenix is in the position on the strength of its defense and
rebounding. Through eight league games, Green Bay leads the conference in field
goal percentage defense (.361), rebounding margin (+6.7) and blocked shots
• STILL ON GUARD: In Green Bay's five league wins,
the Phoenix has not allowed more than 58 points and has a scoring defense of
50.8. The team's victory margin is 15.0 and it has made twice as many free
throws (86-43). Those five opponents are shooting just 33.6 percent from the
field and are being outrebounded by 9.6 boards per game. In its three HL
losses, Green Bay is allowing 73.7 points per game and 40.5 percent shooting.
The Phoenix rebounding margin dips to just plus-2.0 and its opponents have made
36 more free throws.
• IMPACT FRESHMAN: Despite being limited to just
21 minutes, freshman Jordan Fouse (Racine,
Wis.) totaled eight points, eight rebounds and two blocks at Milwaukee. It was
another strong effort for the true freshman who is one of just three Phoenix
players (Brown, Sykes) to start all 21 games. The 6-foot-7 Fouse leads all
Horizon League newcomers in rebounds (2nd), blocks (t3rd) and steals (4th).
• RESERVE ROLES: Green Bay's bench has provided a
solid lift in recent games, contributing double figures in six-straight games.
Against Cleveland State, three Phoenix players combined for 31 points off the
pine, and the reserves outscored the Milwaukee bench 21-0. Brennan Cougill (Sioux City, Iowa) has reached double figures off
the bench in six of eight Horizon League games, including four consecutive.
• FREE AND EASY: Green Bay is first in the Horizon
League and its 75.3 percent from the line ranks 20th nationally. The Phoenix is
350-465 on the season and also ranks tied for 16th nationally in free throws
made per game (16.7). Green Bay has made more free throws per game than any
other Horizon League team. Sykes ranks ninth in the conference in free-throw
percentage (.812) and among the league leaders in free throws made (95) and
attempted (117). Brown ranks seventh in league play, shooting 85.7 percent
(30-35), and is 67-90 overall. Junior Kam
Cerroni (34-35) and Cougill (41-49) are both well over 80 percent.
In the past two seasons, @gbphoenixmbb is 7-0 against
Chicago schools #gophoenix #HLMBB
Shooting 75.3% at the free-throw line, @gbphoenixmbb ranks 20th
nationally and first in the @HorizonLeague #gophoenix #HLMBB
With 350 made free throws, @gbphoenixmbb is also tied for
16th nationally in FTs made per game #gophoenix #HLMBB
Junior Alec Brown was named @HorizonLeague Player of the
Week for the first time in his career #gophoenix #HLMBB
When holding its opponents below 60 points this
season, @gbphoenixmbb has a 10-0
record #gophoenix #HLMBB
grabbed a season-high 19 off. rebounds against Milwaukee and scored a
season-high 24 2nd-chance points #gophoenix #HLMBB
After making a combined 11 threes in 2011-12,
Keifer Sykes (14) and Alec Brown (12) have hit 26 triples this season
Senior Brennan Cougill has reached double
figures in 10-straight games and 6 of 8 in @HorizonLeague play #gophoenix
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