Milwaukee (15-11) at Wright State (11-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 12th, 3:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Nutter Center (11,000) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: Local. Home Record: Milwaukee 10-3, WSU 8-6. Away Record: Milwaukee 5-8, WSU 3-8. Neutral Record: Milwaukee 0-0, WSU 0-1. Conference Record: Milwaukee 8-6, WSU 6-8. Series Record: Milwaukee leads, 24-20.
GAME NOTES: The Panthers of Milwaukee close out a three-game road trip this afternoon as they drop in on the Wright State Raiders for a Horizon League showdown at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.
Milwaukee has had some difficulty generating wins of late, posting just two victories in the last seven outings. On Friday night the team should have completed the season sweep of Detroit, leading by double figures late in the meeting, but ended up suffering a 58-57 setback at Calihan Hall. The loss was the third in four tries for Milwaukee and dropped the team to 8-6 in conference play.
Also in action two nights ago, the Raiders began a three-game homestand versus Green Bay and once again had trouble putting up points in a 53-48 setback. The defeat was the third in a row for the team and the sixth in the last eight contests, with all but one of those games seeing the team score less than 60 points.
The all-time series between the teams currently favors the Panthers by a 24-20 margin, thanks in part to a lopsided 58-38 win for Milwaukee at U.S. Cellular Arena in the first meeting of the season last month. Wright State was limited to a mere 25.5 percent shooting from the floor in the contest.
Milwaukee appeared to be on its way to a much-needed victory on Friday night, leading by 10 points with under three minutes remaining, but the team coughed up the potential victory as it allowed Detroit to close the game on a 15-4 run. Tony Meier finished with 17 points, the only Panthers player to hit for double figures, but he was also guilty of five of the team's 25 turnovers on the night. Meier, just a part-time starter for the squad, is averaging 9.8 ppg which is fourth on the list for the group entering play today. At the top of the chart is Kaylon Williams who is responsible for 11.2 ppg and is also first in assists with 160 however, even though he is keeping his teammates involved in the action at the offensive end of the floor, it is still hard to overlook the fact that he is shooting just 38.4 percent from the floor, 28.1 percent behind the three-point line and a dismal 55.2 percent at the charity stripe.
Wright State's offense again showed few teeth on Friday night as the group shot just 4-of-15 from three-point range and 8-of-14 at the free-throw line in putting up a mere 48 points. Johann Mpondo and Reggie Arceneaux both tallied 12 points for the program, combining to shoot 10-of-18 from the floor, which means the rest of the squad connected on a collective 8-of-25 in the setback. One of the top scorers in the conference, Julius Mays tallied only six points, missing all six of his three-point tries, and was visibly dismayed with how infrequently he was being fed the ball. Now the only player on the team scoring in double figures, Mays is responsible for 14.0 ppg for the squad and is also first for the Raiders in assists and steals with 62 and 38, respectively. One of the lowest scoring teams in the nation, Wright State is managing to produce just 57.5 ppg.
Straining to keep up with teams at the offensive end of the floor, the Raiders are bound to have their issues in the scoring department again this afternoon. The Panthers should have learned their lesson on Friday night about closing out games strong and will apply that knowledge against WSU this time around.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Milwaukee 66, Wright State 55
02/12 10:31:01 ET