GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com)
- After a season-long four game road trip, the Green Bay men's basketball returns
home to the Resch Center for Horizon League games against Wright State
(Thursday, 7 p.m.) and Detroit (1 p.m.). The Phoenix (12-11, 6-4 HL) will be
looking for revenge against both teams, who combined to send Green Bay to a 0-2
Horizon League start in early January.
Since then, the Phoenix has won six of its eight games, including
a 73-65 road win at Loyola last Saturday. Green Bay and Wright State (15-8,
6-4 HL) are tied for third place in the league standings.
Achievement Night will also be held at the Resch Center as the athletics
department will celebrate a 26th-straight semester with a cumulative grade
point average above 3.0 while honoring student-athletes as well as UW-Green Bay's
faculty and staff.
Against Loyola, junior Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) scored a
career-high 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting. At one point, Brown made nine
consecutive shots against the Ramblers. It was the second time in the last
three games that Brown had set a career high, the first being a 23-point effort
Jan. 25 in a 74-54 win at Milwaukee on a night in which he joined the
1,000-point club. Brown's accomplishment as the 25th member of the 1,000-point
club will be recognized before the opening tip.
Green Bay has won
seven-straight games at the Resch Center but has not been at home since a 77-50
win over Cleveland State on Jan. 19. That 27-point victory was the largest
margin of victory for the Phoenix in league play since Feb. 5, 2005 (78-49 over
PHOENIX: For fans unable to make it to the Resch Center on Thursdday night,
the contest will be live on the Horizon
League Network. The game will also be carried live by WDUZ The Fan 107.5 FM
and online at thefan1075.com.
For both the video and audio feeds, the play-by-play voice of the Phoenix Matt
Menzl will be on the call alongside Cordero Barkley. Live stats will be
available on GreenBayPhoenix.com.
You can also stay up-to-date by following @GBPhoenixMBB and @GBGavin on Twitter.
1. THE FIRST MEETING: In the Horizon League opener
for both teams, Wright State built a 17-point lead in Dayton on Jan. 3 and held
off the Phoenix for a 64-53 victory. The Phoenix shot just 36.2 percent and
was outrebounded by three. Senior Brennan
Cougill (Sioux City, Iowa) had 17 points for the Phoenix while point guard
Reggie Arceneaux had 15 points and eight assists for Wright State.
2. ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: At halftime of tonight's
game, Phoenix student-athletes will be recognized for another impressive
semester in the classroom. For the 26th-straight semester, student-athletes at
UW-Green Bay combined for a grade point average above 3.0 (3.24). More than 70
percent of the student-athletes had a 3.0 GPA or higher.
3. DEFENDING THE HOME COURT: Green Bay carries a
seven-game home winning streak into Thursday night's game. In that stretch, the
Phoenix has not allowed more than 58 points and has held four opponents in the
40s. In the last seven games at the Resch Center, Green Bay foes are shooting
just 33.4 percent and averaging 49.3 points per game. The Phoenix also has a
plus-7.3 rebounding margin during the win streak.
• INSIDE THE SERIES: Green Bay holds a slight
24-23 edge in a historically close series with Wright State. The Phoenix has
been strong at home in the series, winning 16 of 21 games in Green Bay. In last
season's meeting at the Resch on Jan. 14, 2012, Brown blocked 11 shots and the Phoenix
rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to win 57-56.
• HOME SWEET HOME: Green Bay has been terrific at
home this season and throughout the past three years. The Phoenix is 9-1 at the
Resch Center in 2012-13, 21-3 in the past two years and 31-7 in three seasons
under head coach Brian Wardle. This season at home, Sykes has led the Phoenix
at 16.8 points and 5.1 assists per game. He is 60-for-75 from the foul line to
lead Green Bay, which has made 104 more free throws than its opponents.
• DEFEND THE HORIZON: Green Bay sits in a tie for
third place in the Horizon League standings through 10 games. The Phoenix is in
position to fight for the conference title based on its defense and rebounding.
Through 10 games, Green Bay leads the conference in scoring defense (60.0),
field goal percentage defense (.379), rebounding margin (+6.1) and blocked
• STILL ON GUARD: In Green Bay's six league wins,
the Phoenix has not allowed more than 63 points and has a scoring defense of
53.2. The team's victory margin is 13.8 and it has made nearly twice as many
free throws (102-52). Those five opponents are shooting just 35.9 percent from
the field and are being outrebounded by 10.0 boards per game. In its four HL
losses, Green Bay is allowing 70.2 points per game and 40.9 percent shooting.
The Phoenix rebounding margin dips to just plus-0.3 and its opponents have made
38 more free throws.
• BROWN'S GRAND NIGHT: Brown sparked Green Bay's
dominant second half on Jan. 25 at Milwaukee, scoring 15 of his 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 Jan. 28, 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).
• FREE AND EASY: Green Bay is second in the
Horizon League and its 74.9 percent from the line ranks tied for 20th
nationally. The Phoenix is 375-501 on the season and also leads the Horizon
League and ranks tied for 28th nationally in free throws made per game (16.3).
Green Bay has made more free throws than any team ranked in the top-25 in
free-throw percentage. Among Horizon League leaders, senior Brennan Cougill
(.840, 42-50) and Sykes (.810, 98-121) rank sixth and ninth, respectively, in
Freshman Jordan Fouse leads all @HorizonLeague
newcomers in rebounds, blocks and steals per game #gophoenix #HLMBB
With 41 more rebounds, Fouse will break the
program's 44-year old freshman record for rebounds in a season #gophoenix #HLMBB
Junior Alec Brown ranks tied for 23rd on
@gbphoenixmbb's all-time scoring chart #gophoenix #HLMBB
With 375 made free throws, @gbphoenixmbb has
made more FTs than any team in the top-25 nationally in FT% #gophoenix #HLMBB
On Jan. 28, junior Alec Brown was named
@HorizonLeague Player of the Week for the 1st time in his career #gophoenix
When holding its opponents below 60 points this
season, @gbphoenixmbb has a 10-0 record #gophoenix #HLMBB
With 104 team blocks, @gbphoenixmbb has the
4th-most blocked shots in program history #gophoenix #HLMBB
After making a combined 11 threes in 2011-12,
Keifer Sykes (17) and Alec Brown (14) have hit 31 triples this season
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