The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 9, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Klotsche Center (3,400) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Television: Sports32. Home Record: WSU 9-2, Milwaukee 5-6. Away Record: WSU 6-5, Milwaukee 0-11. Neutral Record: WSU 1-1, Milwaukee 0-2. Conference Record: WSU 7-4, Milwaukee 1-9. Series Record: Milwaukee leads, 24-22.
GAME NOTES: Losers of six straight, the Milwaukee Panthers are back home on Saturday night as they play host to the Wright State Raiders in Horizon League action at the Klotsche Center.
Milwaukee has suffered through an awful campaign thus far with a total of just five wins, just three of those coming against Division I opponents. Since the most recent victory, a 69-57 triumph over Cleveland State on Jan. 17, the team has gone on to drop six straight league bouts. On Thursday night the Panthers were bounced by Detroit at home, 82-74.
As for the Raiders, they might be a tired bunch heading into the weekend considering they had to go to double-overtime in order to dismiss Green Bay two nights ago, 70-68. The victory was the second in a row for a program that is now 7-4 in league play.
The Raiders won the first meeting of the season between the teams by a narrow 53-51 score at home last month which means Milwaukee now leads the all-time series by just two games, 24-22.
Getting the game against Green Bay into a pair of overtimes was hard enough, but the Raiders had to rely on a 3-pointer by JT Yoho with seven seconds remaining in order to put them into the win column. Yoho came off the bench to shoot 5-of-8 behind the 3-point line to arrive at 19 points, while fellow reserves Miles Dixon and Jerran Young came up with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Reggie Arceneaux, who came off the bench for just the second time this season, finished with just six points and five turnovers, but still he is the second-leading scorer overall for the program with 9.9 ppg. Just ahead of Arceneaux is Cole Darling with 11.2 ppg for a group that is scoring only 62.5 ppg this season.
The Panthers trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half against Detroit on Thursday, but battled back to make it a three-point deficit at the break and then actually take a three-point lead in the second half. Unfortunately, Milwaukee just couldn't hold on even as James Haarsma dropped in 26 points in just 32 minutes of action. Paris Gulley contributed 11 points and Demetrius Harris 10 points and six rebounds. Despite scoring only seven points on 2-of-8 shooting from the floor in the last outing, Jordan Aaron is still the leading scorer for the program with 14.3 ppg while playing more than 35 minutes per contest. Gulley checks in with 13.9 ppg as he remains on the floor for almost 37 minutes per game for a team generating just 61.4 ppg while shooting 37.9 percent from the field.
The Raiders might be a tired bunch after playing extra minutes and having to travel for this game, but still the squad should be more than ready to take care of business against a slumping Milwaukee squad.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wright State 66, Milwaukee 58
02/09 10:44:20 ET