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Not to be denied #RevengeWorldTour

Green Bay brought every inch they had to stack up to your March Milwaukee Panthers. They were left wanting, the Phair-weather-Phoenix crowd streaming for the exits as Matt Tiby rebounded and yelled his way to public enemy #1 in the Resch Center Saturday night. The 77-66 score does not do justice to just how close a game this was after halftime.

Milwaukee was not going to be denied. After a season in which they lost who knows how many games by double digits (8) and were 1-5 at the Cell in the Horizon League, the Panthers find themselves 40 minutes away from the NCAA Tournament.

It’s a stage that they are looking more and more born to shine in by the moment. The Panthers handled Detroit in the first round of the Horizon League tournament and almost gave the game away. Valparaiso, who controlled the season series, had no answer for the Panthers. And Green Bay, the team everybody thought was going to take it all, wilted in the spotlight of do-or-die March Madness.

Up next is Wright State. The Raiders are just outside of Dayton, Ohio, and they call the Nutter Center home. It’s a House of Pain for the Milwaukee Panthers, who are winless at the Nutter Center in Rob Jeter’s tenure. Bruce Pearl’s Sweet 16 team was the last to leave Dayton with a victory.

Like that even matters. It’s the final stop on this Revenge World Tour, a chance for Milwaukee to right one final wrong and pack their bags for the Big Dance.

It is almost inconceivable to think that in the span of two weeks, the Milwaukee Panthers will go from being blown out of their home gym on senior night by the last-place UIC Flames – a team that won for the first time in 17 games, by the way – to taking the court at Wright State University with a ticket to the Big Dance on the line.

If you looked at the faces on the sideline Saturday night, you wouldn’t think it inconceivable at all.

 

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