Panthers look back while looking to grow home win streak

The Milwaukee Panthers will look to continue a three game home winning streak on Saturday afternoon at Panther Arena against the Detroit Titans. The Panthers will also honor a significant portion of their history as they will play the annual alumni game before tip-off. There will also be a ceremony at halftime to honor the ten year anniversary of the Panthers sweet sixteen team.
Two current members of coach Jeter’s staff, Chris Hill and Allan Hanson, were members of that team. The team that was led by Ed McCants, Joah Tucker and Adrian Tigert defeated Alabama and Boston College before eventually losing to tournament runner-up Illinois. The Panthers finished that season with a record of 26-6 and finished ranked 23rd in the final ESPN/USA Today Poll of that season.
Detroit comes into this game with a 11-12 record and a 4-4 record in conference but they will be seeking a season sweep of the Panthers following their 83-67 victory over the Panthers earlier this month. The Titans have lost three of their last five games with both of the victories coming in overtime. The Titans continue to be led by Juwan Howard Jr. who caused the Panthers significant problems in the first game to the tune of 26 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Howard Jr also continues to step his game up in the clutch as he scored 11 of his team high 22 points in overtime of Thursday night’s win over Youngstown State.
The Panthers will need good defensive efforts from players like JJ Panoske and Matt Tiby in order to limit Howard’s impact.  In addition to Howard, freshman Paris Bass has won four freshman of the week awards from the conference so far this season and recently had one of his recent dunks appear on Sports Center Top 10. On Thursday night bass scored 18 points to go with a career high 14 rebounds. He also had four assists and three blocks. Also in Thursday night’s game Anton Wilson had 17 points including 14 of those in the second half. Wilson also had a career high seven assists. Five Titans scored in double figures on Thursday night.
The key to winning this game is energy as both teams played in close tight games on Thursday night and therefore had several starters play significant minute totals. The Panthers have been playing well at home and it is important for them to have another good showing as the sweet sixteen team is honored. 

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