It’s not over: Game 30 vs. Youngstown State


Milwaukee (17-12, 12-5) vs. Youngstown State (9-19, 2-15)

Beeghly Center – Youngstown, Ohio

TV: Horizon League Network, Noon

We can’t get ahead of ourselves.  Thursday night was one of celebration, but there’s 40 minutes of basketball left to play.  Forty minutes left to fulfill our destiny, that of the most improbable comeback in conference history.


Ant Hill and Tony Meier will be key to a Championship.

The Milwaukee Panthers, all but out of the conference six weeks ago, are standing on the precipice of history. No team has ever come back from that to win the conference.

And that’s just it – we haven’t won anything yet.

We can talk about the fact that Youngstown State is 2-15 in conference, or that they’re the worst team over the last decade by a considerable margin.

Doesn’t matter.  Because on any given day in college basketball, anybody can beat you.  Especially when it’s on their home court, and they have a history of playing you well.  The 76-67 victory in Milwaukee in December was no walk in the park, and it was only three seasons ago when Milwaukee lost to YSU in the Beeghly Center.  In 2006-07, the Panthers were swept by the Penguins.


Vytas Sulskis will not give up a victory on Senior Day without a fight.

Vytas Sulskis will be key for the Penguins’ upset bid.  He’s quietly put together a great career in Youngstown, averaging 13 points this season while shooting 38% from beyond the arc.  He’s a small forward who will be playing on his Senior Day in front of the home crowd.  It’s a special day, and you can bet Sulskis will do everything in his power to make it a memorable one.


Damian Eargle is a kid who you need to know about.  The sophomore scored 25 points against Detroit just over a week ago, and he’s averaging nearly 11 points a game while grabbing six boards and over three blocks per game, the latter being the best mark in the conference.  He gave the Panthers offense fits in December, shutting down the lane with his jaw-dropping jumping ability and swat skills.


Ryan Allen's defense of Norris Cole bent but didn't break. We'll need a Championship effort from him today. #omgdunx

Together, they make a pair that is very formidable.  The Penguins are saying goodbye to Sulskis, but have already prepped Eargle to be the focal point of the team in 2011-12.  With one game left before the conference tournament, and the eyes of the Horizon League pointing to Youngstown, the YSU Penguins will want to pull off the unlikely upset and knock Milwaukee out of the top spot.


PantherU will carry a CoveritLive event like we used to do at the Ning site last season.  While it will not be seen on this page, all you need to do is follow the link:

PantherU Live! Chat

I will attempt to run it, but if worse comes to worse, Beartrap has volunteered to do it.  The reason I may be unable is that my cousin’s wedding is at 2:30 and I may be in the middle of getting ready.  Just kidding, I’ll be sitting in a tux three hours before the wedding so I don’t miss a beat.

It’s not over.  Forty minutes of basketball.  Don’t let the Championship slip through our fingers.


(On Twitter tomorrow, #WarMilwaukee will be the hashtag for the live Panther chat.  Tweet with #WarMilwaukee tomorrow!)

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