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Detroit (13-18) at Milwaukee (17-13)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 4, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: U.S. Cellular Arena (12,700) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Television: None. Home Record: Detroit 8-7, Milwaukee 6-6. Away Record: Detroit 5-11, Milwaukee 8-6. Neutral Record: Detroit 0-0, Milwaukee 3-1. Conference Record: Detroit 6-10, Milwaukee 7-9. Series Record: Milwaukee leads, 22-20.

GAME NOTES: The eighth-seeded Detroit Titans and fifth-seeded Milwaukee Panthers will clash in a first-round matchup of the Horizon League Conference Tournament Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Arena.

The winner of this game will take on either Illinois-Chicago or Valparaiso in Friday's second round.

Detroit backed into the conference tournament season having lost its last three games on the regular-season schedule, including a 68-62 defeat at the hands of Milwaukee, the team's next opponent, back on Feb. 27. The Titans finished the regular season with a 75-66 loss against conference champion Green Bay, and own a 6-10 conference record entering the tournament.

Milwaukee had lost four consecutive games before a win at Detroit in the Panthers' regular-season finale got them back on track. The win was enough to grant Milwaukee a home game in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament with a 7-9 in-conference record.

Milwaukee holds a slim all-time series lead over Detroit, 22-20. The Panthers lost to Detroit in Michigan back on Jan. 24, 73-54, and won the final game over the Titans, 68-62, for the season series split.

Green Bay proved to be too powerful for Detroit to handle in the Titans' final game of the regular season. The Phoenix went up by seven points at the end of the first half, and piled more onto their lead in the second frame for the nine-point victory. Juwan Howard Jr. netted 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to pace the Titans, while Matthew Grant chipped in 13 points. Evan Bruinsma added 12 points and six boards, and Carlton Brundidge contributed 10 in the loss.

Detroit never won more than two games in a row in the Horizon League this season. Howard paced the Titans with 18.2 ppg this season, good for fourth in the conference. Evan Bruinsma was the only other Detroit player to average a double-digit point total at 12.5 ppg with a team-leading 7.7 rpg. Howard adds a 2.1 apg margin for the top spot on the team, and center Ugochukwu Njoku blocked a team-high 47 shots on the season. Detroit averaged 71 ppg and gave up 70.5 ppg to opponents.

Milwaukee and Detroit were deadlocked at 60-60 in the final minutes of play in the Panthers' regular-season finale, but an 8-2 Milwaukee run to end the game helped the Panthers skate past the Titans in a crucial contest for either squad. JeVon Lyle scored a team-high 20 points for Milwaukee, and Kyle Kelm chipped in 11 points with six rebounds. Austin Arians netted 10 points to round out the double-digit scoring for the Panthers, who shot 55.3 percent from the floor.

Kelm is the team's active leading scorer this season with 12.4 ppg, but Jordan Aaron, who was suspended in the final leg of the regular season for a violation of team rules, averaged 14.2 ppg in his 26 games played for Milwaukee. Aaron is listed as questionable for the first-round contest. Matt Tiby adds 12.2 ppg and a team-best 6.7 rpg average. Steve McWhorter dished out a team-leading 116 assists on the year.

The two teams split the series this season with wins on their respective home courts. If Aaron is eligible to play for Milwaukee, he'll add an immediate scoring boost to the Panthers' offense. Either way, the Panthers should be able to use the home crowd momentum to their favor once again.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Milwaukee 73, Detroit 68

03/04 10:35:47 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
2nd
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
Final
ATL 104
HOU 96
 
4th
MEM 76
UTA 89
 
4th
CHI 80
WAS 72
 
2nd
DEN 50
MIL 50
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
 
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
 
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
 
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
 
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
 
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
 
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
2nd
NILL 64
WMICH 62
 
Final
ILLCH 60
WRST 57
 
2nd
MIZZ 30
AUB 30
 
Half
UGA 32
KENT 32
 
2nd
NW 27
MICH 36
 
2nd
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
Half
UF 26
TEXAM 23
 
Half
KU 26
WVU 40
 
1st
CREI 24
VILL 19
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
3rd
TAM 3
BUF 0
 
3rd
FLA 2
TOR 3
 
3rd
MIN 2
OTT 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
NYI 1
 
2nd
ARI 0
ANA 1
 
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