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Tiby, Panoske key to pounding Titans inside

When the game is on the line, quality upperclassmen get the job done. When the trajectory of the entire season is on the line, great upperclassmen get the job done.
That is the reason behind the Milwaukee Panthers impressive victory over the Oakland Grizzlies on Thursday night as JJ Panoske and Matt Tiby each posted double-doubles in the victory. Both made critical plays for the Panthers in the second half to retain momentum. Tiby is in the top ten in the conference in both scoring and rebounding and he leads the Panthers in both categories.  Panoske and Tiby need to be the fuel to carry the Panthers as they continue on their five-game road trip to visit the Detroit Titans on Saturday afternoon.
The Titans currently are a game and a half behind the Panthers in the standings with a conference record of six and seven. They will be playing their final home game of the regular season as they will be embarking on road trip of similar length to the one the Panthers are currently working through. The Titans are a different team at home compared to on the road. They are 10-4 at home this season and have won 13 of their last 17 at home. They are averaging 87.2 points per game and allowing 79.1 points per game at home. They are shooting 47.8% from the field on their home court. Comparatively the Titans are just 2-8 on the road this season and they have lost 14 of their last 17 road games. They score about seven points less per game on the road and allow opponents to score ten points more per game. The Titans did drop their most recent home game to Green Bay 86-85 on Thursday night. Their offense ranks third in the conference in scoring behind Oakland and Green Bay respectively, as they average 84.3 points per game.
One of the individuals the Titans will be honoring in conjunction with Saturday’s senior game is Anton Wilson. He is second on the team and seventh in the conference in scoring averaging 14.9 PPG. Wilson is also the team leader in long balls connecting on 72 and making an average of three per game. He is converting his long ball attempts at a 45% rate. That statistic is good enough to rank him second in the conference and 30th in the country. The Panthers held Wilson below his season average in the first meeting of the season. While Wilson does not take nearly the volume of threes as Max Hooper, he is capable of hitting of hitting them at a similar percentage as him and the Panthers could very well use a similar defensive strategy in defending him.
The Titans, like the Panthers, will be having two players coming off their own double double performances in their most recent game. Paris Bass and Jaleel Hogan in the Thursday loss to Green Bay. Bass scored 24 points and 13 rebounds while Hogan scored 18 points and ten rebounds. Hogan has scored in double figures in 14 games this season.
Lastly the Panthers need to try and do a better job on Chris Jenkins. He scored 20 points in the first game against the Panthers. Jenkins does everything for the Titans. On the season he has scored in double figures 14 times, posted five rebounds or more 17 times, posted nine games of two or more and assists, and had five games with two or more steals. The Panthers need to do a better job taking care of the ball in this game as Detroit forces the second highest amount of turnovers per game in the conference at 13.75. The Panthers committed 15 turnovers in their first meeting with the Titans. If the Panthers can take care of the ball it will go a long way towards building on the momentum they generated Thursday night. A win would give the Panthers victories in both games over the Titans and a big tie-breaker advantage over them come the end of the season.

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