Panthers Seek to Stop Demons From Running

The Milwaukee Panthers will begin what is on paper their two toughest non-conference games of the season on Sunday against the DePaul Blue Demons. The Panthers lost to DePaul in their home opener last season in a competitive game by the score of 80 to 71. In the game last season, Matt Tiby had a good game with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
The Panthers may need a similar performance from Tiby to have a chance at beating DePaul on Sunday. This season Tiby is averaging 7.8 points per game in addition to 5.5 rebounds per game. Another pleasant surprise for the Panthers this season has been sophomore Cody Wichman who is the Panthers second leading scorer behind Steve McWhorter. The Panthers enter this game on a two game win streak but the Panthers are looking for their first road win of the season.
DePaul enters this game with a 5-1 record including a 4-1 record at home so far this season. The Blue Demons have two dangerous offensive players in Myke Henry who is averaging 17.3 point per game and Tommy Hamilton IV who is averaging 15.0 points per game. Henry and Hamilton are also the team leaders in rebounding.
There are several keys to this game for the Panthers to have any chance at pulling the upset. DePaul is 30th in the country in scoring and is averaging close to 80 points per game. Therefore it is important for the Panthers to communicate in their rotations on defense and get back in transition defense to try and limit the amount of opportunities that DePaul has on the fast break. Secondly it is going to be important for the Panthers to limit their turnovers. Turnovers will act as fuel to the DePaul fast break and will give them opportunities to get out in the open floor and take advantage of the Panthers transition defense. The Panthers are averaging 13 turnovers per game this season and they need to strive to have under this total in order to keep this game close enough to give them a chance at an upset.

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