Sunday, December 22, 2013

Postgame Report: Milwaukee vs. Illinois State

Game #10 – Milwaukee 73, Illinois State 58

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: Sophomore Avyanna Young put on a show, scoring 18 points and tying her career-high with 16 rebounds. She seemed to be everywhere on the court and continues to improve each game in her sophomore season.

Young joined Scott Warras on the radio following the contest as his "Star of the Game", hear that interview HERE.

Play of the Game: Illinois State kept sticking around and, even after Milwaukee had built the lead to double-digits on numerous occasions, was still hanging around when UWM converted just 55 percent of its free throws down the stretch. The Redbirds trimmed the deficit to 7 at at 60-53, but Decorah buried her fifth three-pointer of the day that started a final 10-2 run to ice it.

Key Stats: The Panthers held Illinois State to just 30.6 percent shooting and 2 of 21 on three's. The great defense kept the point total to a season-low 58 for opponents and UWM won the rebounding battle for the first time in 6 games at 45-43. All keys to a big win.

News and Notes: The Panthers made 9 more three-pointers on the day, led by a season-high 5 in the game by Decorah. Angela Rodriguez continues her strong season in the assist column. She started the day leading the Horizon League at 6.0 per game and had 7 more today.

Up Next: It's off Drake for the final game of the 2013 portion of the schedule next week Sunday.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

What A Difference A Year Makes

Milwaukee’s quick turnaround from 2012-13 until now has been highlighted by a number of tremendous individual improvements:

- Senior Kyle Kelm has upped his scoring average from 5.1 points per game a season ago to 13.2 points per contest this year. He is also shooting 61.5 percent from the floor this year after making only 41.0 percent of his shots in ‘12-’13.

- Sophomore Austin Arians is averaging 12.3 points per contest this year after averaging 6.6 points per game a season ago. He has also improved his game dramatically inside the arc. He made just 23 two-point shots all of last season but has already made 28 this year. Taken one step further, 74.7 percent of Arians’ shots came from three-point range a year ago, while this season 59.8 percent of his shots have come from beyond the arc.

- Senior Jordan Aaron was forced to take more than 23 percent of Milwaukee shots a season ago, but this year is taking less than 19 percent of its shots.

- Milwaukee’s two best newcomers - Steve McWhorter and Matt Tiby - have combined for 22.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. For comparison sake, UWM’s five-person senior class a year ago averaged 29.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per contest over 32 games.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hagen Shows Off Her Talents

After continuing to produce at a tremendous level for her German club team Bayern Munich, former Milwaukee Panther women's soccer standout Sarah Hagen earned a call up to train with the U.S. Women's National Team.

While Hagen has demonstrated her talents on the field time and again, the former All-American had a little fun with her fellow national team trainees, showing off how much of the German language she's picked up in her time overseas.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Episode #2 of "The Kyle Rechlicz Show" on TWC SportsChannel

The second edition of the "Kyle Rechlicz Show" is finished and will be airing this week on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will also be airing the Panthers contest against Marquette Sunday afternoon and the first airing of Kyle's show takes place right before the broadcast.

Here is the full schedule:
Sunday - 15th @ 12:30 p.m. (followed by LIVE game telecast)
Monday - 16th @ 12:00 noon (followed by replay game telecast)
Tuesday - 17th @ 12:00 midnight (followed by replay game telecast)
Tuesday - 17th @ 11:00 a.m. (followed by replay game telecast)

And here is the full replay schedule for the game against the Golden Eagles:
Monday - 16th @ 2:30 a.m.
Monday - 16th @ 12:30 p.m.
Monday - 16th @ 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday - 17th @ 12:30 a.m.
Tuesday - 17th @ 11:30 a.m.

**Reminder all coach shows and game telecasts are available anytime via TWC OnDemand Channel 411

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Postgame Report: Milwaukee at Indiana

Game #9 – Milwaukee 68, Indiana 87

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: It could go to either of the leading scorers for the Panthers, as both Emily Decorah and Avyanna Young had 15. But I will roll with Decorah, since it was her best game of the season to date after coming offf the injury. She played a season-high 27 minutes off the bench and looked her usual self from long-distance, canning 4-of-8 of her 3-point attempts.

Play of the Game: In a game like this, one key Hoosier scoring run essentially set the tone. When Milwaukee had cut the lead to 3 at 27-24, IU took a timeout and it made a huge difference. Coming back out of the TO, they went on a 17-4 run that essentially decided the outcome.

Key Stats: The Panthers shot a respectable 43.3 percent, but could not stop the Hoosiers, who connected on half of their shots (33-66) on the night. Freshman Larryn Brooks plays above her age level and went crazy from distance, burying 7 of her 9 attempts from 3-point range on her way to a game-high 27 points.

News and Notes: Young grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds to once again lead the squad. The potent UWM 3-point attack seems to be back in full swing, especially with a healthy Decorah on the court. After making 10-or-more 3's in a game just once in its first four games of the year, the Panthers have made 10, 11, 10, 9 and 10 3's the past five contests.

Up Next: It's back to Wisconsin Sunday and a return to the Klotsche Center for a crosstown showdown with Marquette. The televised contest gets underway at 1 p.m.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Postgame Report: Milwaukee vs. New Mexico State

Game #6 – Milwaukee 84, New Mexico State 81

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: Angela Rodriguez was brilliant, tying her career high with 30 points. She came up with big shots all game long and finished 10-for-10 from the line for one of the best 100% performances on free throws in program history. But, Macie Dorow's effort cannot be overlooked either. She got the first start of the season, blwoing past her previous career-high of 7 points already by halftime (she has 12) and tying her career-best with 5 rebounds.

The due joined Scott Warras on the radio following the contest as his "Stars of the Game", hear that interview HERE.

Play of the Game: There were a lot of key plays, but the biggest in my eyes was the 4 free throws shot by Sydney Snower in the final 79 seconds. UWM trailed by 1 the first time she was fouled and calmly made both to put UWM back ahead. She made two more with 11 seconds left that pushed the lead back to 3. Not only were those her only 4 attempts on the day, but those were her first four tries from the charity stripe on the season.

Key Stats: The Panthers shot a season-high 47.4 percent on the day and sank half of their 3's with 11 makes on 22 tries. The Pan Am Center was a good spot for UWM to find its long-range groove, making 11 today and 10 yesterday against Lamar.

News and Notes: Avyanna Young grabbed 10 rebounds and scored 10 points to record her second career double-double. The team technically grabbed a share of the weekend tournament crown as all 4 teams finished 1-1.

Up Next: It's back to Wisconsin tomorrow and a return to the Klotsche Center Wednesday for an early 11 a.m. tip.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Postgame Report: Milwaukee vs. North Dakota State

Game #3 – Milwaukee 76, North Dakota State 64

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: Sophomore Avyanna Young continues to post dominating stats lines so far in 2013-14 and today was no different. She scored over 20 points for the second-straight game, tying her career-high with 22 points and just missing a double-double with 9 rebounds.

Young joined Scott Warras on the radio following the contest as his "Star of the Game", hear that interview HERE.

Play of the Game: It was back-and-forth at the start, but when the Panthers turned a 10-7 deficit into am 18-10 lead in the first with an 11-0 run it was all over.

Key Stats: The Panthers shot the ball well on the day, finishing at 44.1 percent in the game and 54.2 percent in the second half despite hitting just 23.5 percent of their three's. Also, the team had just 11 turnovers compared to 13 assists.

News and Notes: Milwaukee battled to an even 43-43 edge on the boards despite a much smaller lineup for most of the day against the Bison.

Up Next: It's off to New Mexico for the holiday week, starting with a visit to "THE PIT" Tuesday.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Postgame Report: Milwaukee vs. Wisconsin

Game #1 – Milwaukee 60, Wisconsin 85

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: For the Panthers, Angela Rodriguez brought her "A-game" against the Badgers, finishing with a team-high 18 points. She was 7-18 from the floor and 4-5 from the FT line.

Look at those Freshmen: A pair of freshman made their collegiate debuts and the final numbers were nice. Bre'Zall Warren finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds and a pair of assists. Christina Wakeman made a statement with 9 points and 7 rebounds despite the fact that she played just 16 minutes. Sydney Snower also made her debut, scoring three points and grabbing a pair of boards in four minutes

Coach's Take: Head coach Kyle Rechlicz joined Scott Warras on the radio following the contest, hear that interview HERE.

Play of the Game: Milwaukee gave the Badgers all they could handle for 25-plus minutes, but could not overcome that 16-2 run that gave UW an insurmountable 55-37 lead.

Key Stats: Despite a clear size disadvantage, UWM hung with the Badgers on the boards and only trailed the final rebound count by a 52-46 tally. The Panthers also had 32 points in the paint.

News and Notes: The Panthers set a program record for fewest turnovers per game last season and picked up right where they left off, finishing with just nine turnovers on the night. Milwaukee's potent three-point attack could never get going, finishing 3-16 from long distance, clearly missing Emily Decorah who did not play tonight.

Up Next: UWM stays at home and welcomes Western Illinois to the Klotsche Center Sunday, starting at 2 p.m.

The "Kyle Rechlicz Show" on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel

With the women's basketball season officially underway tonight, it's time to get the coaches shows rolling as well. The first edition of the "Kyle Rechlicz Show" is already finished and will be airing this week on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will also be airing the Panthers season opener against Wisconsin Thursday evening and the first airing of Kyle's show takes place right before the broadcast.

Here is the full schedule:
Thursday, Nov. 14 - 6:30 p.m. (just prior to the LIVE game telecast)
Friday, Nov. 15 - 9:30 a.m. (REPLAY game telecast follows)
Saturday, Nov. 16 - 11:30 a.m. (REPLAY game telecast follows)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Great Debut

It would be hard for Matt Tiby to have posted a better individual Panther debut than he did Friday night at Loyola.

The sophomore junior-college transfer tallied 21 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists in the loss. It marked the best scoring debut by a Panther since Paige Paulsen tallied 27 points in the 2006-07 opener vs. Radford. It was also the last time a new player reached the 20-point mark in his debut since Tone Boyle scored 20 in the 2008-09 opener.

Finally, it marked the first time since the 2009-10 campaign that the Panthers had anyone score 20 or more in a season opener. That year, Ricky Franklin and James Eayrs each scored 20-plus in the first contest of the year.

Tiby talked to the media after the game.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hagen Continues To Put Up Big Numbers In Germany

Former UW-Milwaukee women's soccer player Sarah Hagen continues to post some impressive numbers for her German professional team Bayern Munich. This past weekend, Hagen recorded a hat trick in a 7-0 road win over TSV Crailsheim in the second round of the Frauen DFB-Pokal (German Cup).

Her impressive efforts over the weekend didn't go unnoticed. Here are transcripts to two write ups on the game and Hagen's performance from Saturday:

From Wisconsin Soccer Central:
Sarah Hagen (Appleton North/UW-Milwaukee) certainly enjoys playing in the German Cup.

The striker posted her third hat trick in seven career matches in the competition as Bayern Munich routed host TSV Crailsheim 7-0 on Saturday in a second-round game of the Frauen DFB-Pokal.

Hagen closed out the scoring with goals in the 55th, 61st and 84th minutes as Bayern Munich cruised into the Round of 32, where they will play Nov. 16 or 17. She's scored 13 goals in German Cup play in her career, with hat tricks in each of her three seasons.

Bayern Munich (1-0-1) is one of four teams in the Frauen Bundesliga to have recorded four points from the first two league matches, but stands fourth in the 12-team league based on goal differential.

From Bavarian Football Works
The Bayern women were able to travel by bus to the city of Crailsheim, Baden-Württemberg, which is tucked just inside the state's border with Bavaria to play their first round match of the Womens' DFB-Pokal.

Erika Tymrak, Clara Schöne and Sarah Romert all made their first appearances in the starting squad in Sunday's contest as most of the team's players who represented their countries over the last week or so were given the day off against the weaker opponent.

Schöne made an immediate impact, scoring Bayern's first goal just 11 minutes into the match.

From then on, Bayern would net six goals, all from Americans, beginning with Erika Tymrak's goal two minutes after Schöne scored the game's first.

Amber Brooks followed suit three minutes later before Tymrak scored again at the half-hour mark.

After taking the four-goal lead into the locker room, Bayern made two changes which saw Rebecca Huyleur replace Katharina Baunach and Jenny Gaugigl replace goalscorer Amber Brooks.

Sarah Hagen then proceeded to score an old-fashioned hattrick in the second half with goals in the 55th, 61st and 84th minutes to complete the afternoon's goal rampage and make the Bayern Mädels winners by seven goals to nil.

Their second-round Pokal fixture will take place in early November.

The team returns to Bundesliga play next on Thursday away to SGS Essen, who knocked off favorites Turbine Potsdam in their Cup match with three goals in the final fifteen minutes to overcome a two-nil deficit. FCB then return home to play newly-promoted Cloppenburg at the weekend.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Horizon League Features Liam Anderson From MSOC

INDIANAPOLIS--Every week Cam Fuller talks with a Horizon League student-athlete who exemplifies integrity and excellence in both the classroom and on their respective playing field. This week, Fuller caught up with freshman goalkeeper Liam Anderson of the Milwaukee Men’s Soccer team. Anderson is off to a stellar start to his career, leading the Panthers to a 6-0-1 record.


Meet Liam Anderson
Milwaukee Men’s Soccer
Class: Freshman
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
High School: West Lake Boys High School
Height/Weight: 6-0/190
Position: Goalkeeper

Soccer Background
-Three-year starter in the box for the Westlake Boys High School soccer team.
-Named the ASB Auckland Schoolboy Player of the Year.
-Appeared in ASB Premiership Runners-up 2013, FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012, FIFA U17 World Cup Mexico 2011 and ASB Charity Cup Champions 2011.

2013 Season Highlights
-Milwaukee is unbeaten through seven games for the first time since 1996 when the Panthers started 7-0-0.
-The Panthers are ranked No. 6 in the NSCAA Great Lakes Poll.
-First career start was a 2-1 season opening victory over No. 12 Marquette in front of a record crowd of 3,312 at Engelmann Stadium.
-The true freshman has played every minute in the box for the Panthers.
-Anderson ranks top 10 in the nation in goals against average and save percentage. He has allowed a measly three goals in seven starts, and his save percentage of .885 ranks 10th in all of Division I. You hail from Auckland, New Zealand, what drew you to UW-Milwaukee?
The fact that I could play at a high level of soccer and also get a University degree at the same time. It’s not really an opportunity you get in New Zealand so America was a big thing. I’d been to America before, but I’d never been to Milwaukee at all. I never visited the school so it’s been quite a new experience.

What’s the transition been like from New Zealand to the United States and from high school soccer to college soccer?
It’s been good so far; it’s a similar standard of fútbol. The biggest difference is the pitches I think six of our first seven games have been on field turf which is quite new to me. The pace has been the biggest thing. It’s a faster game, but you never have to worry about a bad pitch or if you can’t play fútbol on the pitch.

Describe your first game in the box as a Panther, facing No. 12 Marquette with the Milwaukee Cup on the line. It was really exciting, probably one of the best experiences I’ve had in soccer. The crowd was amazing and there was so much build up for the game, it was really good. After we won it was a little bit of a pitch invasion by the fans, it was a really cool experience. Since that Marquette game we’ve had very high expectations. Milwaukee hasn’t had a winning record since the 2005 season when the Panthers won the Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championships, later losing in penalty kicks to No. 1 New Mexico in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament. What’s it going to take for the Panthers to get back to that level?
Just keep doing what we’re doing at the moment. We pride ourselves on being a really hard team to play against and a hard team to score against. The chances we get I think we can keep winning those and keep doing what we’re doing. At the moment I think we’re at the right step.

Head Coach Kris Kelderman and Goalkeeper Coach Mark Litton both have a wealth of experience in soccer and have some very impressive playing and coaching resumes. What’s it been like to have those two guide you during your first year?
It’s been really good. I work a lot with Mark [Litton] and he knows what I’m talking about and he always has something I need to work on and how to improve my game. Kris [Kelderman] really helps me and the team tactically before matches. We’re always working hard to get better.

You beat out three other goalkeepers for the starting nod to begin the season and have allowed a mere three goals this season, good for a 0.41 goals against average which ranks eighth in the nation. Was this something you expected coming into the season?
Not really, I really didn’t know what it was going to be like once I got here, I just knew I was going to try the best I could. Then I got the starting spot which was great, only allowing three goals thus far is really good, so I just try to do the best I can and so far I’ve been playing well and getting clean sheets.

You plan on studying geography, what’s been your favorite class in your first semester of college?
My favorite class at the moment is The World-Peoples and Regions. It’s really interesting learning about other cultures such as Latin America and Europe and it’s a quite interesting class, that’s the one that’s stood out thus far.

You have quite a few teammates from Wisconsin, have they converted you into a Green Bay Packer fan yet?
I haven’t really watched that much football, I haven’t really had that much time to watch TV. A lot of people in my dorm watch and meet together for the Packer games. I think I might start watching them and see what it’s all about. Back home we get the Super Bowl every year and sometimes I watch that but other than that I’ve never seen American football.

What’s been your favorite American cuisine?
I love Qdoba, it’s amazing. I like their burritos and quesadillas. There aren’t a whole lot of differences in food from back home; we have a lot of McDonald’s, Subway’s and Burger King’s. It’s more of a variety of fast foods over here, but overall it’s very similar. The one thing I miss is mince cheese pies [New Zealand food tradition, prepared as a hamburger-like meat pie], they are amazing but aren’t found over here.

Once your career as a Panther student-athlete is over, where do you see yourself?
I want to pursue soccer as much as possible, I’d really like to go pro, and that’s the big thing for me. If I could play soccer as much as possible and play and make a living out of it that would be the perfect situation for me.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Full Horizon League Men's Basketball Schedule Out

The full Horizon League 2013-14 men's basketball schedule is now out. Here is the release and the full composite schedule, courtesy of the league office.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The race for the Horizon League men’s basketball title will begin on January 2, 2014, as the League announced its conference men’s basketball schedule on Thursday. Each of the nine Horizon League teams will play the others twice - for a total of 16 conference games - over a nine-week span culminating on March 1.

Among the highlights is the rematch of the Horizon League Championship between Wright State and Valparaiso on Fri., Jan. 10 to launch ESPNU’s weekly coverage of the conference.

Oakland University, the newest member of the Horizon League, will travel to Wright State on Thurs., Jan. 2 to open conference play before its first home conference game against Valparaiso on Sat., Jan. 4.

Separated by a scant 26.5 driving miles, Detroit will host Oakland on Sat., Jan. 11; the two schools will be featured again on Fri., Feb. 14, on ESPNU, as part of ESPN’s “Rivalry Week,” this time at the O’Rena on the Oakland University campus.

Key matchups loom throughout the schedule, including the opening Thursday night, when UIC hosts Valparaiso and Cleveland State travels to Green Bay. Two days later, Youngstown State heads up I-43 to Green Bay for the first Horizon League Network Game of the Week, while Detroit opens its conference season at Wright State.

Green Bay and Wright State will meet on Jan. 17 as part of ESPN’s “Venue Week,” in a matchup of two of the conference’s semifinalists a year ago. A week later, Youngstown State will get its first crack at the Raiders, hosting Wright State at the Beeghly Center on Jan. 25.

Rivals will square off over the first full weekend of February, with Detroit traveling to Valparaiso for an ESPNU game on Friday, Feb. 7. The following day will see Cleveland State at Wright State and Milwaukee at Green Bay. Oakland’s first trip to Valparaiso’s Athletics-Recreation Center as a member of the Horizon League will close the weekend.

UIC and Green Bay will make the northeast Ohio swing over Valentine’s Day weekend, meeting Youngstown State and Cleveland State on Thurs., Feb. 13 and Sat., Feb. 15.

Cleveland State will host rival Youngstown State on Tues., Feb. 25 to open the last week of the regular season before traveling to Valparaiso on Sat., March 1. Green Bay will close the year in Detroit, taking on Oakland on Thurs., Feb. 27, before a Saturday date with Detroit. UIC will welcome Wright State in its season finale.

The Horizon League Tournament will begin on Tues., March 4, with three first-round games. The winners, along with the No. 3 seed, will be in action on Fri., March 7, with semifinals set for the following day. ESPNU will carry both semifinals, at 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. ET. The Horizon League Championship will air on Tues., March 11, at 7 p.m. ET, on ESPN or ESPN2.

Last year, the Horizon League sent a conference-record six teams into postseason play. Over the last 12 seasons, the League’s NCAA Tournament winning percentage is among the of all non-Power 6 conferences.

Thursday, Jan. 2
Oakland at Wright State
Cleveland State at Green Bay
Youngstown State at Milwaukee
UIC at Valparaiso

Saturday, Jan. 4
Cleveland State at Milwaukee
Youngstown State at Green Bay
Valparaiso at Oakland
Wright State at Detroit

Tuesday, Jan. 7
Youngstown State at UIC

Wednesday, Jan. 8
Detroit at Cleveland State
Milwaukee at Oakland

Friday, Jan. 10
Wright State at Valparaiso

Saturday, Jan. 11
Oakland at Detroit

Sunday, Jan. 12
Green Bay at Milwaukee
UIC at Wright State

Monday, Jan. 13
Cleveland State at Youngstown State

Wednesday, Jan. 15
Valparaiso at Detroit

Thursday, Jan. 16
Oakland at Cleveland State
Milwaukee at UIC

Friday, Jan. 17
Green Bay at Wright State

Saturday, Jan. 18
Detroit at Youngstown State
Milwaukee at Valparaiso

Sunday, Jan. 19
Wright State at Cleveland State
Green Bay at UIC

Tuesday, Jan. 21
Milwaukee at Wright State

Wednesday, Jan. 22
Cleveland State at UIC
Oakland at Green Bay

Thursday, Jan. 23
Valparaiso at Youngstown State

Friday, Jan. 24
Detroit at Milwaukee

Saturday, Jan. 25
Valparaiso at Cleveland State
Wright State at Youngstown State
UIC at Oakland

Sunday, Jan. 26
Detroit at Green Bay

Wednesday, Jan. 29
Green Bay at Valparaiso
UIC at Detroit

Thursday, Jan. 30
Wright State at Milwaukee

Friday, Jan. 31
Cleveland State at Detroit
Youngstown State at Oakland

Saturday, Feb. 1
Wright State at Green Bay
Valparaiso at UIC

Sunday, Feb. 2
Oakland at Milwaukee

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Youngstown State at Wright State
UIC at Green Bay

Thursday, Feb. 6
Cleveland State at Oakland

Friday, Feb. 7
Detroit at Valparaiso

Saturday, Feb. 8
Cleveland State at Wright State
Milwaukee at Green Bay

Sunday, Feb. 9
Youngstown State at Detroit
Oakland at Valparaiso

Thursday, Feb. 13
UIC at Cleveland State
Green Bay at Youngstown State

Friday, Feb. 14
Detroit at Oakland

Saturday, Feb. 15
Green Bay at Cleveland State
UIC at Youngstown State
Valparaiso at Milwaukee

Sunday, Feb. 16
Wright State at Oakland

Tuesday, Feb. 18
Detroit at UIC

Thursday, Feb. 20
Milwaukee at Youngstown State
Valparaiso at Green Bay

Friday, Feb. 21
Oakland at UIC
Detroit at Wright State

Saturday, Feb. 22
Milwaukee at Cleveland State
Youngstown State at Valparaiso

Tuesday, Feb. 25
Youngstown State at Cleveland State
UIC at Milwaukee
Valparaiso at Wright State

Thursday, Feb. 27
Green Bay at Oakland
Milwaukee at Detroit

Saturday, March 1
Cleveland State at Valparaiso
Oakland at Youngstown State
Green Bay at Detroit
Wright State at UIC

Tuesday, March 4
Horizon League Tournament 1st Round:
Game 1 - No. 9 seed at No. 4 seed
Game 2 - No. 8 seed at No. 5 seed
Game 3 - No. 7 seed at No. 6 seed

Friday, March 7
Horizon League Tournament 2nd Round:
Game 4 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Game 5 - No. 3 seed vs. Game 3 winner

Saturday, March 8
Horizon League Tournament Semifinals:
Game 6 - Game 5 winner vs. No. 2 seed
Game 7 - Game 4 winner at No. 1 seed

Tuesday, March 11
Horizon League Championship
Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7

Sunday, September 8, 2013

39th Panther Invitational In The Books

Final standings from the 39th Panther Invitational

Champion: Marquette (2-0, 7GF/1GA)
Second: Milwaukee (1-0-1, 3GF/1GA)
Third: Drake (0-1-1, 2GF/5GA)
Fourth: Bowling Green: (0-2, 0GF/5GA)

All-Tournament Team
Axel Sjoberg, Marquette (MVP)
Brady Wahl, Marquette
Louis Bennett, Marquette
Adam Lysak, Marquette
Laurie Bell, Milwaukee
Rami Younes, Milwaukee
Luke Goodnetter, Milwaukee
Mueng Sunday, Drake
Alec Bartlett, Drake
Brandon Silva, Bowling Green
Zach Schewee, Bowling Green

Friday, September 6, 2013

Horizon League MBB TV Schedule Announced

The Horizon League released its 2013-14 regional and national TV schedule Friday. The package puts UWM on the Horizon League Game of the Week at least twice, with two other possible appearances late in the year.

This TV coverage will be in addition to UWM's local TV package with Time Warner, which will be set over the next month.

Meanwhile, the full Panther season schedule will be announced last week.

The full Horizon League TV announcement ...

INDIANAPOLIS -- As part of their long-term relationship, the Horizon League and ESPN have announced a minimum of 32 men’s basketball games involving League members will air nationally on ESPN Networks during the 2013-14 season.

“Our multiple ESPN platforms as well as our regional Game of the Week networks provide the Horizon League with invaluable exposure for the benefit of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans,” said Commissioner Jon LeCrone. “We look forward to providing another season of compelling, down-to-the-final-buzzer competition.”

“ESPN is excited to once again showcase the best teams in the Horizon League to fans across the country,” said Nick Dawson, senior director, ESPN programming and acquisitions. “With 16 conference games televised across a variety of ESPN networks and platforms, Horizon League fans will be well served throughout the 2013-14 season.”

Continuing a relationship that began with the 1988 Midwestern Collegiate Conference championship game, the Horizon League will host its championship game at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 11 on ESPN or ESPN2.

The Horizon League will once again will be a centerpiece of ESPNU’s Friday nights, starting on Jan. 10 when defending conference champion Valparaiso hosts Wright State in a rematch of last year’s championship thriller.

In all, there will be at least 15 games featuring League teams showcased on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU in 2013-14, beginning with Green Bay welcoming back Tony Bennett and his Virginia squad on Dec. 7 and concluding with the Horizon League championship game.

The Horizon League’s national telecast package is highlighted by a “Rivalry Week” showdown between Detroit and new conference member Oakland on Feb. 14. Wright State-Green Bay (Feb. 1) and Cleveland State-Wright State (Feb. 8) matchups could help decide who will host the Horizon League Tournament March 4-11.

In non-conference play, Oakland will be featured twice against Big Ten opponents, as the Golden Grizzlies face Indiana (Dec. 10, ESPN2), before hosting Michigan State on Dec. 14 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The award-nominated Horizon League Network Game of the Week will return on Saturday, Jan. 4, when Green Bay hosts Youngstown State. The 10-game schedule will feature three wildcard selections to close the regular season, with all broadcasts carried in all nine League markets and on ESPN3.

Continuing to set the standard for online streaming of sporting events, the Horizon League Network will carry every non-televised men’s and women’s basketball game this season for free and in full HD.

As the season approaches, check the schedule on or follow the Horizon League on Twitter (@HorizonLeague, @billpotter_HL) for additional non-conference telecasts along with local and regional telecast information from the conference and its member institutions. 2013-14 Horizon League Regular Season TV Schedule

Dec. 7 - Virginia at Green Bay - ESPNU
Dec. 10 - Oakland at Indiana - ESPN2
Dec. 14 - Michigan State at Oakland - ESPN2
Jan. 2 - UIC at Valparaiso - ESPN3
Jan. 4 - Youngstown State at Green Bay - HLN Game of the Week/ESPN3
Jan. 10 - Wright State at Valparaiso – ESPNU
Jan. 11 - Oakland at Detroit - HLN Game of the Week/ESPN3
Jan. 17 - Green Bay at Wright State - ESPNU
Jan. 18 - Milwaukee at Valparaiso - HLN Game of the Week/ESPN3
Jan. 25 - UIC at Oakland - HLN Game of the Week/ESPN3
Jan. 29 - Green Bay at Valparaiso - ESPN3
Jan. 31 - Cleveland State at Detroit - ESPNU/ESPN3
Jan. 31 - Youngstown State at Oakland - ESPNU/ESPN3
Feb. 1 - Wright State at Green Bay - ESPN2
Feb. 5 - Youngstown State at Wright State - ESPN3
Feb. 7 - Detroit at Valparaiso - ESPNU
Feb. 8 - Cleveland State at Wright State - ESPN2
Feb. 8 - Milwaukee at Green Bay - HLN Game of the Week/ESPN3
Feb. 14 - Detroit at Oakland - ESPNU
Feb. 15 - Wildcard Matchup TBA - HLN Game of the Week/ESPN3
Feb. 18 - Detroit at UIC - ESPN3
Feb. 21 - Oakland at UIC – ESPNU OR ESPN3; Detroit at Wright State – ESPNU OR ESPN3
Feb. 22 - Wildcard Matchup TBA - HLN Game of the Week/ESPN3
Feb. 25 - Valparaiso at Wright State – ESPN3
Feb. 27 - Green Bay at Oakland - ESPNU
March 1 - Wildcard Matchup TBA - HLN Game of the Week/ESPN3

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Harris Is On KC Chiefs Practice Squad

Former Panther basketball standout Demetrius Harris was signed to the practice squad of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs earlier this week.

Harris was signed by the team as an undrafted free agent in April after impressing scouts during workouts this spring. He did appear in the Chiefs’ preseason game against the Green Bay Packers last week and had been targeted as a practice squad player for the organization since the first rookie mini-camp in May.

Harris wound up working out for about 10 teams prior to this past spring's NFL Draft, and is projected as a tight end. He was a highly-touted football player in high school and originally signed to play the sport at Arkansas State.

The 6-foot-7 Harris was a standout on the basketball court for the Panthers this past season, averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest while making 28 starts.

Should Harris play in an NFL game, he would become the first Panther to do so since 1983, when Mike Reinfeldt finished off his eight-year pro career.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Volleyball Facing Plenty Of Tests

There are no shortage of tests on the 2013 Milwaukee Panther volleyball schedule.

This chart below tells most of the story.

That works out to an opponent winning percentage of 57.9 and an average opponent RPI if 93.4. Eight of 12 non-league opponents finished in the top 100 of the RPI, including five in the top 50.

“I really don’t think there is any other way to go about this season,” head coach Susie Johnson said of the schedule. “You can go with playing a bunch of lower-level RPI teams and win a lot, but what are you learning? This team has to be challenged. We are not changing our goals for where we want to be just because we had a rough year last year. The truth is that it is important to me to prepare the team to play at the highest level we can be. Scheduling this tough in the preseason is the formula.”

And Johnson says there’s no use in shying away from the reality of just how tough the schedule will be. In fact, she’s made sure her team is well-informed of the tests they will be facing.

“The other side of playing a tough schedule is preparing the team,” Johnson said. “We’ve talked about the opponents since the spring when the schedule was finalized. We’ve been preparing for these opponents. I do think that’s the best way to do it. I hope it works because it can all be a gamble, but the reality is we like challenges and I think we’re up for it.”

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Kelderman Appearance On "Dennis Krause Show" Set For Next Week

The appearances by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's soccer coach Kris Kelderman on "The Dennis Krause Show" begin next week Monday (August 26).

The airing of the 30-minute sit-down interview is set for 6 and 10 p.m. on Aug. 26 on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.

Krause and Kelderman discussed a wide variety of topics on the show, including a 2013 preview, Kelderman's background as a player at the high school, college and professional levels and his experiences as a coach.

Additional airings are scheduled for the duration of the week.

Monday, August 26: 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Tuesday, August 27: 7:30 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Wednesday, August 28: 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 29: 12:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Friday, August 30: 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 31: 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 1: 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Men's Soccer Picks Up Some Preseason Honors

With the Milwaukee men back on campus and practice underway, the regular season will be here in no time at all. On that note, various publications are sending out their "preseason all-conference" selections. First up on that list is the website "College Sports Madness".

They have included four members of the UWM team on their squads, with junior Laurie Bell and senior James Ashcroft on the first team and sophomores Aaron Horvat and Declan Rodriguez on the second team.

Click HERE for the full list.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Soccer Preseason Ranks Making Their Appearances

With the Milwaukee men’s soccer team showing up on campus this week to begin practice for the 2013 campaign, it’s time for preseason rankings to start appearing nationally.

The website “Bennett Rank” ( has listed all 206 NCAA Division I men’s soccer programs from top to bottom, with Maryland coming it at No. 1 and North Carolina No. 2.

A look at all of the Horizon League schools shows a positive for the Panthers entering the new season, as they are the highest-ranked league program according to the list.

112. Milwaukee
115. UIC
133. Wright State
147. Green Bay
150. Valparaiso
152. Cleveland State
162. Detroit
164. Oakland

Monday, July 1, 2013

Braun Appearance On Dennis Krause Show Set For This Week

The appearances by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Director of Athletics Amanda Braun on The Dennis Krause Show begin tonight.

The airing of the 30-minute sit-down interview is set for 6 and 10 tonight on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.

Krause and Braun discussed a wide variety of topics on the show.

Additional airings are scheduled for the duration of the week.

Monday - 6 pm and 10 pm
Tuesday - 7:30 am, noon and 11 pm
Wednesday - 8:30 am and 9 pm
Thursday - 11 am, 5 pm and 11 pm
Friday - 10 pm
Saturday - 8:30 am, 11 am and 6:30 pm
Sunday - 7 am, noon, 6 pm and 10:30 pm

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

U.S. Futsal national team

The U.S. Futsal national team made some headlines earlier this month when it won a tournament in England ...

So why am I writing about that here, you ask?

Well, click on the LINK and you will see the news and also a familiar name to the UWM men's soccer program...

Volunteer Goalkeeper Coach Mark Litton serves as the team's goalkeeper coach. Congrats to Mark!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

MLB Draft Starts Later This Week

The Milwaukee baseball team recently wrapped up the 2013 campaign, but if the past two years are any indication, there will certainly be at least one more press release coming...

The Major League Baseball Draft gets underway Thursday. And, with that, the Panthers look to add to their impressive streak. Over the past two MLB drafts, UWM has seen four of its players get selected, including the first multi-pick draft in 2012 when three players were tabbed by big league clubs.

Last year, Jordan Guth (Philadelphia Phillies; ninth round), Eric Semmelhack (Milwaukee Brewers; 12th round) and Paul Hoenecke (Los Angeles Dodgers; 24th round) were all selected. The season prior, Chad Pierce was drafted by the Brewers in the 38th round, giving Milwaukee more draftees in that time period than any other Horizon League school.

The team again has a few players who could be among those selected in 2013. Leading the way is redshirt sophomore Josh Uhen, who I have seen projected as high as a second-round pick.

Here is the LINK to the MLB Draft Preview of Wisconsin, by the Perfect Game website, which features Uhen.

I decided to do some research, to see just who the highest draft choice in Horizon League history was. According to what I found, here is the list of players taken in the first 10 rounds (please email me any additions if I missed anyone!).

1. Brad Hennessey, Youngstown State, 2001 First Round, #21 by the San Francisco Giants
2. Jason Henry, UIC, 1984 Second Round, #84 by the NY Yankees
3. Curtis Granderson, UIC, 2002 Third Round, #80 by the Detroit Tigers
4. Joe Smith, Wright State, 2006 Third Round, #94 by the NY Mets
5. Justin Thomas, Youngstown State, 2005 Fourth Round, #113 by the Seattle Mariners
6. Jeremy Hamilton, Wright State, 2008 Fifth Round, #166 by the Philadelphia Phillies
7. Pat Neshek, Butler, 2002 Sixth Round, #182 by the Minnesota Twins
8. Justin Parker, Wright State, 2008 Sixth Round, #198 by the Arizona Diamondbacks
9. Kyle Gaedele, Valparaiso, 2011 Sixth Round, #203 by the San Diego Padres
10. Jordan Guth, Milwaukee, 2012 Ninth Round, #308 by the Philadelphia Phillies

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Baseball Team Honored By "College Sports Madness"

The "College Sports Madness" website named its 2013 Horizon League All-Conference Teams today and, as anyone associated with the Panthers this year would have guessed, it was UWM-heavy to say the least, especially with its specialty award winners.

(And, some of the positions for players are a bit questionable...)

The lists are below:

Field Player of the Year: Michael Porcaro, Milwaukee

Pitcher of the Year: Jake Long, Milwaukee

Freshman of the Year: Mitch Ghelfi, Milwaukee

Coach of the Year: Scott Doffek, Milwaukee

First Team

P Jake Long, Milwaukee
P Tomas Michelson, Illinois-Chicago
P Karch Kowalczyk, Valparaiso
IF Ryan Boise, Illinois-Chicago
IF Michael Porcaro, Milwaukee
IF Drew Dosch, Youngstown State
IF Garrett Gray, Wright State
IF Tanner Vavra, Valparaiso
OF Chris Manning, Valparaiso
OF Mark Fowler, Wright State
OF Derek Peake, Milwaukee
UTIL Andrew Bain, Valparaiso

Second Team

P Mike Schneider, Milwaukee
P Casey Henn, Wright State
P Ian Lewandowski, Illinois-Chicago
IF Josh White, Youngstown State
IF John Loeffler, Valparaiso
IF Will Fadness, Milwaukee
IF Nick Dinello, Youngstown State
IF Mitch Ghelfi, Milwaukee
OF Tyler Detmer, Illinois-Chicago
OF Jonathan Capasso, Milwaukee
OF Kieston Greene, Wright State
UTIL Ryan Solberg, Milwaukee

Thursday, May 16, 2013

FOX6′s Brandon Cruz went “Beyond the Game” with the UWM baseball team.

Brandon Cruz from FOX6 stopped by "the Hank" last week and put together a great piece on the Milwaukee baseball team.

He talked to head coach Scott Doffek and a handful of seniors, going through all of the adversity that the Panthers faced this spring with scheduling and the weather to claim their first Horizon League regular-season title since 2001.

Here is the LINK to the story.

And here is the embedded video:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Weekend Pitchers Featured on Time Warner SportsChannel

JP Cadorin from Time Warner Cable SportsChannel stopped by Milwaukee baseball practice last week to interview the weekend pitching rotation that has carried the Panthers to an 8-4 start in the Horizon League, currently good for first place by two games.

Cadorin interviewed senior Jake Long (4-0, 0.79 ERA in league play), senior Cale Tassi (2-2, 4.43 ERA) and junior Mike Schneider (2-1, 3,27 ERA). The trio have combined to start all 12 conference games, with each making four starts.

Air times of the feature are listed below:

Thursday, April 18th: 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 20th: 6 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 21st: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Panthers Again In Running For McCafferty Trophy

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is once again the hunt for the Horizon League's McCafferty Trophy.

Entering the spring championships, Milwaukee sits just four points behind Loyola for the award. The Panthers were bolstered by winning the league title in women's swimming and diving while finishing second in men's swimming and diving, men's track and field and women's track and field.

The Ramblers have 36 total points while the Panthers have 32. Cleveland State is currently third with 26 points while UIC sits fourth at 24.5.

Milwaukee and Loyola are tied for the women's all-sports award with 19 points apiece, while the Panthers are behind the Ramblers, Cleveland State and Detroit in the chase for the men's all-sports award.

UWM is the defending McCafferty Trophy winner and has actually won the award six times. Milwaukee has also won the award 10 times.

Named in honor of James J. McCafferty, who served as the conference’s first commissioner from 1979-80, the McCafferty Trophy is awarded annually by the Horizon League to a member institution compiling the greatest number of performance points, based on its finish in the League’s 19 championship sports.

For the sports of men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball, points are awarded based on combined regular-season (60 percent) and championship (40 percent) finishes. For all other sports, points are based on performance in the League championships.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Is Demetrius Harris Headed To The NFL?

Demetrius Harris made great strides on the basketball court during the 2012-13 season.

Now he is back to making strides on the gridiron.

Harris, who was a standout high school football player in Arkansas and originally signed to play football at Arkansas State, is busy lining up workouts for NFL teams in the hopes of a professional football career.

Those efforts have taken off in a hurry after Harris posted some stellar workout measureables. As CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora details here, Harris is getting in position to be another college basketball turned pro football player.

Harris does have a handful of other NFL workouts scheduled and there are tentative plans for a Pro Day at UWM next weekend. Meanwhile, Harris' stock is rising quickly from unknown to likely draft candidate.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Final Women’s Basketball Numbers

A day after the men’s basketball season was recapped, it’s time to turn your attention to the women after Connecticut claimed the national title with an impressive victory over Louisville Tuesday night.

Let’s jump right into the national numbers. The Panthers finished fourth in the country in three-pointers made per game at 8.8, with leader FGCU finishing at 9.4. The team also ended up 22nd with its 35.1 percent three-point field-goal shooting.

Individually, Emily Decorah was fifth in the country with 3.28 three’s made per game (leader was at 3.50) and placed 17th in shooting with her 40.8 percent clip from long distance, which also led the conference.

Speaking of Decorah, she broke the league and school record for three-pointers made in a season, finishing with 95 to top the former mark of 93 (Jess Wilhite, 2000-01). Her 233 attempts from beyond the arc were the second-most in school history, while her 67 made 3’s in league-only games topped the former mark of 52 as well.

A look at the Horizon League leaders shows three players in the top 16 in scoring, with Angela Rodriguez 11th at 13.2 points per game, Sami Tucker 15th (11.8 ppg) and Ashley Green 16th (11.6 ppg). Tucker (seventh with 8.0 rebounds per game) and Green (11th with 6.2 rpg) also ranked among the rebounding leaders.

Rodriguez was listed in a few categories. She placed sixth in the league in assists with 3.9 per game. Her 114 assists on the season was good for ninth place on the all-time single-season list. She was fourth in three-pointers made per game (2.1), 14th in 3FG percentage (32.4) and 12th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0). In addition, her 84.8 percent free-throw shooting would have led the conference (leader was 84.5), but she did not end up with enough attempts to qualify.

Tucker also ended up third in the league with her 37.8 percent three-point shooting.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Final Men's Basketball Numbers

With the men's college basketball season officially coming to a close Monday night with Louisville's championship victory, now is as good of a time as any to review some final individual stats and numbers for the 2012-13 Milwaukee Panthers.

UWM actually landed a pair of players in the top 10 in the Horizon League for scoring, with Paris Gulley finishing sixth in the league (14.7 ppg) and Jordan Aaron finishing eighth (14.4). Aaron also finished seventh in assists (4.0), sixth in three-pointers made (2.1) and 10th in steals (1.3). Meanwhile, Gulley was also seventh in three-pointers made (2.0). The duo was also at the top in minutes played, with Gulley leading the league (37.0) and Aaron third (35.6).

Aaron's 34 points against Ohio Dominican wound up tied for the second-most in a single game by a league player, while Aaron had two of the seven 10-plus assist performances in the league.

Demetrius Harris also appeared in the final overall rankings, sitting ninth in field goal percentage (46.9), second in offensive rebounds (2.2) and sixth in blocks (1.0). J.J. Panoske finished tied for third in blocks (1.4).

A few season performances also made the Panther record book. Panoske's 41 total blocks set a new single-season school record, besting the 40 Ryan Allen had a season ago. Aaron played 1,140 minutes, the second-most in a single season in UWM's Division I history. Plus, Aaron's 128 assists wound up just outside of the top five, with Ricky Franklin's 132 in 2009-10 ranking fifth.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Why follow The Black & Gold Network On Twitter...

This week, to drum up followers for our newest Twitter account--@BGN1956--we are giving away some used men's basketball gear. Every day this week, and an extra time after we reach 100 followers, we will give away one item.

Here's what we got... three used jerseys, two shooting shirts and a warmup suit. None are available to purchase, so this is your only chance.

Monday, we will ask you to retweet the the link that brought you here. At the end of the day, we will select a winner and give away our first item.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we will have Panther trivia questions. The first right answer wins.

Friday... well, we'll think of something special for Friday.

Now, reasons why you should follow @BGN1956?

1. It's the only Twitter account of The Black & Gold Network. Tweets will go out as soon as the newest video is uploaded. Including game highlights, great plays, interviews and video features.

2. We will link to live video and live audio coverage of Panther Athletics.

3. That's it! We won't clog your timeline with anything else. (Well, with the exception of giveaways during the down seasons... are you okay with that? Great, we knew you'd be cool about it.)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Jake Long Honored Again

On Monday, senior Jake Long of the Milwaukee baseball team was selected as the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the second straight time.

That marked the first time a UWM pitcher has ever accomplished that feat. Today, the "College Sports Madness" website also selected Jake as its "Horizon League Player of the Week".

See the awards page HERE.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lindsay Laur Gets New Season off to Fast Start

With the new season now underway, former Panther Lindsay Laur wasted little time in earning some nice recognition. She was named South East Australian Basketball League Player of the Week in round one - a great way to start her second season with the Hobart Lady Chargers down in Australia.

Check out the video from the league:

Friday, March 8, 2013

Postgame Report: Milwaukee vs. UIC

Game #27 – Milwaukee 72, UIC 63

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: The SENIORS came to play. Sami Tucker set a career-high with 16 rebounds, which was the highest single-game rebound total since February of 2010, a span of 91 games. She added 8 points and 4 assists. Sammy Theut tied her career-high with 12 points, including four very important ones - a nifty one-on-one layup and pair of free throws - in the final minute to give UWM the game.

Theut joined radio play-by-play announcer Scott Warras after the game as his player of the game. Listen to her comments HERE.

Play of the Game: You have to give it to Theut. Milwaukee had built a late lead to as many as 13 with about 5 minutes to play, only to see UIC back within 5 in the final minute. Her layup with 50 seconds pushed it back to 7 and then a pair of free throws just 17 seconds later put it out of reach.

News and Notes: Tucker upped her career rebound total to 754, moving past Erica Young (was fourth with 751). She could still pass Lindsay Laur (third with 791) on the career charts before the end of the season. The start was also the 100th of her UWM career, making her one of about 15 players to accomplish that all-time. Emily Decorah made 5 more 3's tonight, giving her 91 on the year to trail the all-time school (and Horizon League) record of 93 set by Jess Wilhite back in 2000-2001. She'll have at least 2 games to break it.

Up Next: The Panthers close out the regular season with "Senior Day" against Green Bay. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. against the Phoenix.

Postseason: While I am officially waiting for the Horizon League office to send out the "bullet-proof" scenarios before I go on the record with anything, the seeds from 5 thru 9 are certainly, shall we say, interesting.

5. Wright State 6-10
T6. Milwaukee 5-10
T6. UIC 5-10
8. Cleveland State 5-11
9. Valparaiso 4-11

The Panthers would like to stay out of the 8-9 mix, as the winner of that game heads to No. 1 Green Bay. It certainly appears that they are. They hold the 2-0 tie-breaker over CSU, so that helps. The best they could get would be 6-10 with a win over GB, but WSU holds that tie-breaker. If UWM, Valpo and CSU all end 5-11, Milwaukee wins that tie-break and would be the 7 seed. I will pass on the official word from the HL office as soon as I get it.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Panthers and Flames on TWC Sports 32

With the Milwaukee/UIC game set to air this week, be sure and catch it live if you can't be at the Klotsche Center or the replay of the game on Time Warner Cable Sports 32 over the next few days.

Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. (LIVE)
Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. (REPLAY)

Sports 32 will also be airing the final edition of the "Kyle Rechlicz Show" this week as well, starting with Thursday before the tip-off.

Here is the full schedule:
Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. (immediately preceding LIVE game telecast)
Thursday, March 7 at 10:30 p.m.
Friday, March 8 at 9:30 a.m. (immediately preceding REPLAY game telecast)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Horizon League Men's Basketball Tiebreakers

2013 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Tournament Scenarios Operating Regulation - Men’s Basketball Tie-Breaking Formula:

If two tied teams met twice during the regular season and one of the two won both games, the winner shall be awarded the higher seed.

If two tied teams split in two games during the regular season, compare each team’s record against the team occupying the highest position in the standings and continue down through the standings until one team gains the advantage, thereby winning the higher position.

If three or more teams are tied, compare the combined record of each of the tied teams against the other teams involved in the tie until an advantage is gained. (Example: Team A’s combined record against both Team B and Team C as compared to Team B’s combined record against both A and C, etc.)

If the provision of (3) above fail to resolve a tie involving three or more teams, compare each of the tied team’s records against the team occupying the highest position in the standings and continue down through the standings until the tie is reduced to a two-team tie, at which time revert to items (1) and (2) above or until the tie is broken.

If the above provisions fail to resolve a tie, the team with the higher RPI for that season will receive a higher seed (source for RPI: Collegiate Basketball News).


Valparaiso (12-3)

Has Clinched No. 1 seed

(can finish no worse than 12-4; should Detroit finish 12-4, teams split regular season. Both would be 1-1 vs. GB; Valpo is 2-0 vs. WSU, Detroit 1-1 vs. WSU)

Detroit (11-4)

Has Clinched No. 2 seed

(can finish no worse than 11-5; should Green Bay finish 11-5, teams split regular season. Both would be 1-1 vs. Valpo; Detroit is 1-1 vs. WSU, Green Bay is 0-2)

Green Bay (10-5)

Clinches No. 3 seed with win

(Green Bay finishes 11-5; if tied with Detroit, lose tie-breaker based on above scenario)

Clinches No. 3 seed with loss AND Wright State loss

(Green Bay finishes 10-6; Wright State would finish 9-7)

Clinches No. 4 seed with loss AND Wright State win

(Green Bay finishes 10-6; Wright State would finish 10-6. WSU swept Green Bay, 2-0, in regular season)

Wright State (9-6)

Will finish no worse than No. 4 seed

Clinches No. 3 seed with win AND Green Bay loss

Clinches No. 4 seed with win AND Green Bay win

Clinches No. 4 seed with loss

UIC (7-8)

Clinches No. 5 seed with win

(UIC finishes 8-8; if YSU finishes 8-8 to tie, UIC swept YSU, 2-0, in regular season)

Clinches No. 5 seed with loss AND YSU loss

(UIC finishes 7-9; if YSU finishes 7-9 to tie, UIC swept YSU, 2-0, in regular season)

Clinches No. 6 seed with loss AND YSU win

(UIC finishes 7-9; YSU would be 8-8)

Youngstown State (7-8)

Will finish no worse than No. 6 seed

Clinches No. 5 seed with win AND UIC loss

Clinches No. 6 seed with win AND UIC win

Clinches No. 6 seed with loss

Cleveland State (5-10)

Clinches No. 7 seed with win

(CSU finishes 6-10; Loyola finishes 4-12)

Clinches No. 8 seed with loss AND Loyola win

(CSU finishes 5-11; Loyola finishes 5-11. Loyola would sweep CSU, 2-0, in regular season)

Loyola (4-11)

Clinches No. 7 seed with win versus CSU

Clinches No. 8 seed with loss versus CSU

Milwaukee (3-13)

Has Clinched No. 9 seed

Clay Tucker Back In Europe

Clay Tucker has officially singed with Hacettepe University in Turkey.

Tucker was with Valencia Basket in Spain earlier this year before returning to the U.S.

The move further extends a long and successful career for Tucker in Europe. The 2003 Horizon League Tournament MVP and UWM’s all-time leading scorer played last season for Lottomatica Roma in the Italian SerieA, averaging 15.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. That came after Tucker played for Real Madrid in Spain in 2010-11. There, he averaged 8.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in 40 regular season outings, helped his team to the league final. Tucker also played 23 games in Euroleague, averaging nearly nine points per game and helping Real Madrid into the semifinals.

Tucker has played also professionally in France (Le Mans), Greece, Poland, Russia (Khimky), Sweden, Ukraine (BC Kyiv), Spain (FIATC Joventut and Cajasol), Italy (BancaTercas) and in the D-League (Arkansas RR).

He remains highly respected in Europe, according to the latest EuroBasket scouting report.

“An athletic guard who can shoot from the perimeter and score on penetration. Passes the ball very well, defends exceptionally well on the passing lines. Has now matured to a team leader, wants the ball in clutch moments of the game and is a good rebounder for his size. Ready for top European teams.”

Q&A With Keara Thompson

Former Panther Keara Thompson signed a professional contract to play for Medkila IL of Norway's Toppserien, which translates to "top series" (hard to see, right?).

For more information on the signing, check out HERE.

For all kinds of great facts on Keara and her outstanding career at Milwaukee, also go to, but click HERE instead.

Now, on to the Q&A...

Keara stopped by the athletic department and talked about her upcoming professional soccer career.

kevin conway: How does it feel to have signed your pro contract?
Keara Thompson: It’s exciting. It’s just what I’ve dreamt about since I was like four, so it’s surreal to have it actually be happening. So, it’s exciting.

kc: You played with Western New York last season. How did that experience prepare you for this?
KT: It was short season, so it was kind of a taste of that next level. Getting to play with some pretty talented players and in a professional environment just really gave me a taste of what to expect and prepare me for where I need to be at when I get there.

kc: What do you know about your new Norweigan team and the league?
KT: I don’t know a ton, to be honest. I know they were in in the Toppserien and then relegated for last season. Now they’ve earned their way into being promoted back into the top league. They are looking for some staying power in the league. The league is eight months long. It starts mid-April and then goes until June. Then there’s a six-week “summer holiday” from games. Then we come back until the end of October. I’ve known a few players that have gone there and they say it’s good quality.

kc: It’s usually an easy question to ask our former players about going abroad, but you are actually from, what we would call, “abroad “ (Canada). How has having been living in a foreign country prepared you for this next stage of living abroad?
KT: The main thing that will be different will be the language barrier. I’m used to being far from home and family, but it’s going to be a whole new thing. Canada and the U.S. are so similar; it’s just like moving across the country rather than to a different country. So, a different atmosphere, a different language, all that stuff, will be cool to experience.

kc: You just finished school, so this is your first “out of school” job. How does this factor into your post-college plans?
KT: It’s a really cool first job. It’s a dream to go to work a few hours a day and play soccer during that time, let alone travelling to a foreign country and do it. I’d much rather that than a desk job. It’s a really nice way to prepare and build up some money for grad school before I go. I was going to have to take a break regardless, so this is a nice way to fill that time.

kc: How has your time at UWM, playing four years, then another half finishing your degree, prepared you for post-college?
KT: Playing here under Mike and David, they were incredible coaches. I could not have asked for a better experience from them. With development and everything, they taught me a lot. That’s been huge for me. The school, in general, this past year has been like I was still on the team. I haven’t been treated differently. They’ve allowed me to come back and train with them, even in their fall season when they have things they were trying to accomplish and they want to get their own players time and training. To allow me to keep training as well, I’m really grateful they allowed me to come back and keep helping me out.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Postgame Report: Milwaukee at Wright State

Game #24 – Milwaukee 74, Wright State 61

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: Tough choice. Angela Rodriguez was whistled for 2 fouls in the first 90 seconds and appeared that may have an impact on her night. However, she responded with 19 points, netting No. 1,000 late in the contest. But, Sami Tucker also had a brilliant night, scoring 18 points and tying her career-high with 14 rebounds. You pick.

Tucker joined radio play-by-play announcer Scott Warras after the game as his player of the game. Listen to her comments HERE.

Play of the Game: In all honesty, besides the fact that it was her 1,000th point, the three that Rodriguez hit came at a huge spot in the game. WSU had tried numerous times to get back in it and her back-to-back 3's (the first one was #1,000) were the cap of 8 in a row by UWM and pushed the lead back to 12.

News and Notes: With Rodriguez joining Tucker in the 1,000-point club, it marks the first time in program history that UWM has had two players cross the milestone in the same season. Milwaukee keeps shooting - and making - three's at a historic level. The Panthers broke school records for 3's made and 3's attempted tonight - and still have at least 5 games to add to the totals.

Up Next: Next up, the Panthers remain on the road once again, traveling down to Chicago for a contest against Loyola Thursday. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Postgame Report: Milwaukee vs. Valparaiso

Game #23 – Milwaukee 75, Valparaiso 71

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: With four players in double-figures, makes it tough to pick one (but that's a good problem to have), but I will roll with Emily Decorah and her 15 points. She made 5 more 3's and had back-to-back makes with about 4 minutes left that thwarted an earlier Valpo run.

She joined radio play-by-play announcer Scott Warras after the game as his player of the game. Listen to her comments HERE.

Play of the Game: When you are up 13 (70-57) with 81 seconds to play, there shouldn't usually be any concern. However, Valpo went on a crazy 14-3 run that made it a 2-point game with 9 seconds left. Angela Rodriguez took care of business, swishing a pair of free throws with 5.0 on the clock to end the comeback bid.

News and Notes: Rodriguez finished with 15 points, upping her career total to 984. She will go for the 1,000 against the Raiders ... The team made 12 more 3's Thursday, the 9th time this season they have made 10 or more ... freshman Jordyn Swan scored a season-high 9 points, all on 3's ... Decorah now has 74 made 3's on the year, closing in on the record of 93 ... the victory marked back-to-back wins for the Panthers for the first time this season and the first time since beating Butler (Feb. 23) and Valpo (Feb. 25) last season.

Up Next: After an adventure on the roads with the winter weather, Milwaukee is headed to Ohio for a Saturday matinee against Wright State, set for a 3:30 p.m. CST tip-off.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Postgame Report: Milwaukee vs. Cleveland State

Game #22 – Milwaukee 73, Cleveland State 72

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: Tough to pick just one as so many people played key roles in the win over Cleveland State. Janna Swopshire came up with one of her biggest moments of her UWM career when she hit the game-winner. But, at the end of the day, the Panthers would not have been able to pull out the victory without the all-around play of Angela Rodriguez. She led the way with 16 points but also dished out a season-high 9 assists.

Rodriguez joined radio play-by-play announcer Scott Warras after the game as his player of the game. Listen to her comments HERE.

Play of the Game: It goes to Swopshire. With 20 seconds left, UWM inbounded down one. Rodriguez passes to Tucker, who found Janna down low in the post. With her back to the basket and double-teamed she willed the shot in and it held up for the victory.

News and Notes: The bench kicked in with 26 points, the third-highest total of the season. Avyanna Young (9 points, 4 boards) and Jordyn Swan (6 points) both hit for season-highs. With a team-best 9 boards today, Sami Tucker went over 700 for her career. She is just the seventh player to accomplish that feat in UWM history.

Up Next: It’s back on the road for a tilt with Valparaiso, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Friday, February 8, 2013

2002-03 MBB: Where are they now?

As we honor the 10th anniversary of Milwaukee's first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in 2003, we got to thinking, "Where is everyone?" The answer to some is, "Good question, no one knows." But, for the vast majority of the 20 players and the six members of the staff, we found out and here they are.

[NOTE: If you are most curious about Derek Huff, Adam Finley or Fernando Johnson, this will be quite a disappointing blog post. Sorry. - kc]

#1 – Derek Huff (F, 6-8, 245, Sr.)
Louisville, Ky. (Fern Creek/Marshalltown CC)
At UWM: Huff came to Milwaukee from Marshalltown Community College with one year of eligibility remaining. After sitting out 2001-02, he played in 18 games during the 2002-03 season. He missed some games with injury and averaged 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds per game while blocking six shots.
Where is he now: We don’t know. Sorry.

#5 – Ronnie Jones (F, 5-9, 165, Sr.)
Las Vegas, Nev. (Las Vegas)
At UWM: Jones was the starting point guard for the 2002-03 Panthers, starting all but one game his senior season. He averaged 10.8 points per game, while knocking down 53 three’s and averaging 3.0 assists per game. He finished his career with 1,182 points and 201 three-pointers, while starting 82-of-118 games played.
Where is he now: Jones began a coaching career in 2004-05 at the junior college level before returning to Milwaukee a year later. He spent seven seasons on the Panther staff, the last of which as an assistant coach in 2011-12. He is currently teaches physical education at Greater Holy Temple Christian Academy in Milwaukee and is the assistant boys’ basketball coach at St. Joseph’s High School in Kenosha, Wis.

#10 – Mark Pancratz (G, 6-3, 185, Fr.)
Schaumburg, Ill. (Schaumburg)
At UWM: As a redshirt freshman in 2002-03, Pancratz made 18 appearances, scoring 19 points. He went on to play in 97 career games and was a part of the Sweet 16 team in 2005 and the vaunted seven-man senior class that went to the NCAA Tournament Second Round in 2006.
Where is he now: After graduating from Milwaukee, Pancratz joined the men’s basketball staff at Tennessee as a graduate assistant. He is in his sixth season on staff with the Vols, currently as coordinator of video scouting.

#14 – Dan Weisse (G, 5-11, 175, Sr.)
Oshkosh, Wis. (West)
At UWM: As a senior, Weisse played in all 32 games in 2002-03, making four starts. He scored 106 points on the season and dished out just under an assist per appearance. He played in 118 games over his career, making 43 starts. He scored 559 career points, but sticks out for his ball security, committing just 81 turnovers in 2300 minutes of action.
Where is he now: Weisse got into coaching in 2004, spending time as a graduate assistant at both UW-La Crosse and Middle Tennessee State. He then spent four years as director of operations at North Dakota State. Currently, he is an assistant coach and works in academic support at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

#15 – Dylan Page (F, 6-8, 225, Jr.)
Amherst, Wis. (Amherst)
At UWM: Page had a breakout junior season in 2002-03, averaging 17.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on his way to all-league first-team honors. He only got better the next year, scoring 20.9 points and pulling down 6.6 rebounds per night to be named Horizon League Player of the Year. Over his last two seasons he had 1,212 points and 411 rebounds in 63 starts.
Where is he now: Page continues to play professionally overseas. He has played for a number of teams throughout Europe, including Spain, Greece and France. He is in the states now, but is expected to head back overseas where he last played in Slovenia.

#20 – Marcus Conigliaro (G, 6-2, 195, Fr.)
Milwaukee, Wis. (Vincent)
At UWM: Conigliaro was a redshirt freshman as a walk-on in 2002-03, appearing in four games and taking one shot. He remained on the team for the 2003-04 season, making nine more appearances and grabbing a rebound before transferring to UW-La Crosse.
Where is he now: At UWL, Conigliaro became one of the top three-point shooters in school history, with his 46.1 percent shooting clip ranking second all-time. He was an all-league first-team selection as a senior and is now an assistant basketball and head men’s golf coach at Lakeland College in Sheboygan.

#22 – Jose Winston (G, 5-11, 180, Sr.)
Milwaukee, Wis. (Vincent/Colorado)
At UWM: Winston played three seasons at Colorado before returning to his hometown with the Panthers in 2001-02. After sitting a year out as a transfer, he appeared in 32 games for the 2002-03 team and made two starts. Winston made his minutes count, dishing out 80 assists and grabbing 31 steals in just 519 minutes on the season.
Where is he now: Winston teaches at North Division High School and is currently the head boys’ basketball coach at St. Joseph High School in Kenosha.

#23 – Adam FInley (F, 6-6, 230, Fr.)
Genoa, Ill. (Boylan)
At UWM: Finley spent two seasons at Milwaukee as a walk-on. As a true freshman in 2002-03, he appear in five games, making his only field goal attempt and pulling down four boards. He returned the next season and made 10 more appearances. He had two more points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot that season.
Where is he now: We don’t know. Sorry.

#24 – Jason Frederick (G, 6-4, 185, Sr.)
Waukesha, Wis. (North)
At UWM: Frederick was one of four double-figure scorers for Milwaukee in 2002-03. He averaged 10.3 points per game, knocking down a team-high 73 three-pointers at a 39.2 percent clip. He finished his career with 1,185 career points and 244 three-pointers made over 118 appearances. He made 57 career starts, including 31 as a senior.
Where is he now: Frederick graduated from UWM in 2004 with a degree in finance and spent seven years as a commercial real estate advisor with The Boerke Company. He is currently a trader with Centurion Investment Management.

#30 – Clay Tucker (G, 6-3, 195, Sr.)
Lima, Ohio (Perry)
At UWM: Tucker capped his impressive career with a standout senior campaign in 2002-03, leading the team in scoring, assists and steals. He scored 18.3 points per game, while dishing out over four assists per game on his way to all-league first team honors. He finished his career as UWM’s career leader in points, rebounds, steals, three-pointers and minutes. He is still tops with his 1,788 points, 264 three’s and 194 steals.
Where is he now: Tucker has played professionally since leaving UWM. He has been on teams all over the world, including Spain, Italy, Greece and stateside in the NBA D-League. He played for the Arkansas RimRockers from 2005-07 and set a league record with 51 points in a game. This month, he signed to play in Turkey.

#33 – Justin Lettenberger (F, 6-5, 190, Sr.)
Manitowoc, Wis. (Lincoln)
At UWM: Lettenberger made two starts among 32 appearances as a senior, averaging 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in almost 21 minutes per game. He would finish his career with 458 points and 472 rebounds in 98 appearances, including 17 starts.
Where is he now: After finishing his Panther career, Lettenberger spent a season on staff as a student assistant before playing professionally in Germany for a year. He returned stateside and coached collegiately for three years, first at the University of Dubuque and then Lake Forest College. Currently, he is a district manager with ALDI, Inc.

#40 – Nate Mielke (C, 6-11, 220, Jr.)
Waterloo, Iowa (East/Marshalltown CC)
At UWM: Mielke was a junior in 2002-03 when he was Milwaukee’s starting center. He played in all 32 games, starting 30, and averaged 6.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He also blocked a team-best 36 shots, while shooting 58.7 percent from the field. Mielke started his career at Marshalltown Community College and redshirted 2000-01. He finished his career with 399 points, 344 rebounds and 78 blocks in 89 games (31 starts).
Where is he now: Mielke earned his masters’ degree in engineering at Northern Iowa and is now likely the tallest manufacturing engineer at Lennox Industries in Marshalltown, Iowa.

#42 – Rob Sanders (F, 6-6, 185, So.)
Toledo, Ohio (Scott/Toledo)
At UWM: Sanders played his first season as a Panther in 2002-03 after transferring from Toledo. He appeared in 29 games, averaging 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per appearance. He battled injuries to appear in 65 career games, culminating his career during the 2005 Sweet 16 run. His career figures included 115 points, 85 rebounds and 15 blocked shots.
Where is he now: Sanders works at Greater Holy Temple Christian Academy in Milwaukee, serving as a mentor among other things.

#54 – Fernando Johnson (F, 6-9, 230, Fr.)
Milwaukee, Wis. (North Division)
At UWM: Johnson spent a half season in a Panther uniform, playing eight games in the second half of the 2002-03 season. He scored four points in eight games, pulling down four rebounds and finishing with an assist, block and steal.
Where is he now: We don’t know. Sorry.

#2 – Chris Hill (G, 5-10, 160, So.)
Chicago, Ill. (Whitney Young)
At UWM: Hill was a four-year letterwinner at Milwaukee, but redshirted the 2002-03 as a true sophomore. Despite not playing on the first NCAA Tournament team, he made trips to the tourney with the Sweet 16 team in 2005 and the vaunted seven-man senior class in 2006. He played in three NCAA Tournament wins, while starting 71 of 116 career games played. He averaged 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in his career.
Where is he now: Hill played professionally overseas for four seasons before returning stateside and getting back into college basketball. He began as a graduate student manager at Tennessee and joined the Milwaukee athletic department in 2011 as the men’s basketball academic advisor. This season, he joined the coaching staff as its video coordinator.

#3 – Gordy Zastrow (G, 6-4, 175, Fr.)
Manitowoc, Wis. (Lincoln)
At UWM: Zastrow redshirted the 2002-03 season as a true freshman, but never suited up for Milwaukee. He transferred to Paris Junior College the next season, returning to UWM in 2004 but never joined the team.
Where is he now: Zastrow currently works for the U.S. Army in California.

#4 – Kalombo Kadima (G/F, 6-2, 185, Sr.)
Milwaukee, Wis. (King)
At UWM: Kadima redshirted the 2002-03 season to maintain senior eligibility, but was otherwise a four-year letterwinner for the Panthers. He started the first 57 games of his career over 1999-01 and ended up starting 78-of-115 career games played. He averaged 5.0 points per game, while finishing his career with 252 assists compared to 152 turnovers and 105 steals.
Where is he now: Kadima has worked in the community since leaving UWM and is currently working for the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board.

#13 – Joah Tucker (F, 6-5, 220, So.)
Glendale, Wis. (Nicolet/Bradley)
At UWM: Tucker sat out the 2002-03 season after transferring from Bradley. From 2003-06 he started all 94 games, scoring 1,416 points in a Panther uniform and pulling down 513 rebounds. His sophomore season he was named to the league’s all-newcomer team and was a first-team all-league performer the next two seasons. Despite missing out on the 2003 NCAA Tournament, he was a key player for Milwaukee during their Sweet 16 run in 2005 and Second Round appearance in 2006.
Where is he now: Tucker played professionally overseas for a variety of teams and has now returned to Milwaukee where works in real estate.

#44 – Adrian Tigert (F, 6-7, 240, So.)
Oshkosh, Wis. (West)
At UWM: After earning league all-newcomer team honors as a freshman, Tigert sat our 2002-03 with an injury and maintained sophomore eligibility. He bounced back to finish his career strong with 1,091 points and 760 rebounds in his career, playing in 120 games and starting 119. He did miss out on the 2003 NCAA Tournament, but was a starter on the Sweet 16 team in 2005 and Second Round squad in 2006. That year, he averaged a career-best 13.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Where is he now: Tigert earned his MBA from UWM when he completed his collegiate playing career and enjoyed a two-year profession career overseas. He returned to the Milwaukee area where his is now a territory manager with EMC, an information technology firm. He is also in his fourth season as a color commentator on Panther television broadcasts.

#55 – Ben Brey (F, 6-5, 200, Jr.)
Madison, Wis. (West)
At UWM: Did not play as a junior in 2002-03, his last in a Panther uniform. As a walk-on, he made 16 appearances from 2000-02, scoring 15 points and pulling down 19 rebounds. He also had five career assists and four steals.
Where is he now: After graduating from UWM in 2004, Brey earned his MBA from Wisconsin in 2006. He then spent nearly five years as a research analyst before joining Deductive Capital in New York in 2011 as a managing member.

Bruce Pearl – Head Coach
Pearl guided the Panthers for two more years, leading them to the 2005 NCAA Sweet 16. On the strength of that season, he went to Tennessee. He led the Volunteers until 2011, making the NCAA Tournament each year and posting eight tourney wins in that time. He is now Vice President of Marketing for H. T. Hackney.

Tony Jones – Associate Head Coach
Jones went to Tennessee and served in a similar position with the Volunteers until 2011. He is now the head boys’ basketball coach at Alcoa High School in Tennessee. He is also a basketball analyst for WVLT in Knoxville.

Ryan Swanson – Assistant Coach
Swanson left UWM for a coaching position at the junior college level and was named head coach at Hutchinson Community College in 2009. He held that position for three seasons before resigning and starting his own business called Phoenix Restoration.

Ken Johnson – Assistant Coach
Johnson went to Tennessee with Pearl as his director of operations until 2011. He is now a scout for NCSA Athletic Recruiting.

Jason Shay – Director of Operations
Shay went to Tennessee with Pearl and worked as an assistant coach until 2011. He is currently an assistant coach at Northwest Florida State College.

Dave Beine – Athletic Trainer
Beine was a longtime athletic trainer for the Panthers. He left UWM to become director of sports medicine at MSOE and is currently an athletic trainer with ATI Physical Therapy in Lafayette, Ind.