Panthers look to start 2015 better

A fresh start, a clean slate, a new calendar year and – in a sense – a new season. Whatever description you choose this is how the Milwaukee Panthers should view their season as they begin Horizon League  Conference play on Friday night  in Cleveland against the Cleveland State Vikings.
The Panthers should look at the conference season as a new opportunity as they enter Friday night’s game with a 5-9 record. Milwaukee has struggled so far this season between a difficult schedule and inconsistency on both ends of the floor. The Panthers have had few games where their offense and defense were both on winning levels for an entire 40 minutes.
The Vikings enter into this conference opener with a 6-8 overall record but they are 5-2 on their home floor. While the Vikings have three players in double figures, the most dangerous of them is junior guard Trey Lewis, who is averaging 17.4 points per game. Lewis is the team leader in minutes, points, and assists. He has also converted 45 of his 96 three point attempts (46.9%). The Vikings use a similar rotation of players to the Panthers as they have eight players who are all averaging more then ten minutes played per game.
A key to this game for the Panthers is to communicate on defense and make Lewis’ shots as difficult as possible. He is a very good scorer, and he is going to score. The key for the Panthers is to make his shots as difficult as possible. It is also important for the Panthers to treat each defensive possession  If he hits a shot the Panthers need to put it out of their minds and focus on the next defensive possession. While shutting him down may not be realistic but he has to work hard for everything he gets and every shot has to be challenged. If the Panthers are able to contain Lewis, it will go a long way towards them opening the conference season with a win.

One Comment

  1. Boyee

    January 3, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Just don’t forget DePaul beat UWM 83-61.

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