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.