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Panthers continue to seek ball movement

The Milwaukee Panthers may have discovered the offensive secret. The Panthers are coming off their most productive offensive game and highest point total of the season.  The Panthers will look to replicate this offensive performance as they conclude their three game conference home stand on Tuesday evening at Panther Arena
The Panthers shot one of their highest percentages and put up their highest point total of the season in last Wednesday night’s victory over Youngstown State. There are several factors that led to this relative offensive explosion. On the night the Panthers made 28 of their 45 field goal attempts (62.2%). On those 28 field goals the Panthers had 21 assists. This means the Panthers were doing a good job of moving the ball. They were passing up good shots in order to get great shots.
This is an offensive principle. By making the extra pass it puts stress on the defense by making them continue their rotations. The Panthers have lived on the on side of the ball movement equation for most of the season as it played a factor in the losses to teams like DePaul, Wisconsin and Green Bay. As a result of the good ball movement the Panthers were able to get four players in double figures. Those four players shot a combined 24 of 36 between them and also had 17 assists between them. Regardless of the perspective, if you look at the ball movement on an individual or collective basis the Panthers offense benefited from great ball movement.
Wright State comes into this game with a 10-9 record and a 2-3 record in conference games. Wright State has two players scoring in double figures. Forward JT Yoho is averaging 16.1 points per game and is also the team leader in rebounds with 6.7 rebounds per game. Guard Joe Thomasson is also averaging 10.3 points per game in addition to being second on the team in rebounding and the team leader in assists per game. Wright State does not have great depth as they have eight players who all average over 18 minutes played per game.
The two keys to this game will be controlling Yoho from a defensive perspective as he did score 20 points in a game against the Panthers last season. He has already surpassed 20 points on three different occasions this season. On offense the Panthers need to repeat the excellent ball movement that they established last week and continue to make extra passes for better quality of shots. If the Panthers are able to effectively combine both of these they should be able to win their second consecutive conference game and finish their home stand with a win.

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