(3-3, 0-0 Horizon League)
Head Coach Rob Jeter (3rd Season)
Roman Gentry, So G (6-4, 195)
The Panthers, who are 3-3 so far this season after finishing 9-22 a year ago, are coming off back-to-back home losses to Drake and Sam Houston State. Against Sam Houston, the came back from 11 points down at half to take the lead, only to cough it back up again. However, UWM has won its only road game of the season, an 81-74 overtime affair against Ball State.
Third year head coach Rob Jeter has built his roster through local talent and by way of the transfer. UWM features seven players from the greater Milwaukee area and six that came from either a JUCO or another Division I program.
Not surprisingly, two transfer players lead the Panthers' scoring attack so far this season.
Senior Torre Johnson, previously of Oklahoma State, is Mr. Everything for UWM and averages close to a double-double through six games. In addition to his 18.7 points per game average and 9.7 rebounds per game average, he is also 30 of 35 from the free throw line (85.7 percent) and has already collected 15 blocks.
Senior Paige Paulsen, previously of Northern Illinois, is the Panthers' top returning scorer from a year ago and has been averaging 16.7 ppg and 7.0 rpg this season. He has been deadly from three-point range, draining close to 55 percent of his attempts (17-31 shooting) from outside.
Both players average over 31 minutes per game, and they each collected double-doubles in the loss to Sam Houston.
Junior Ricky Franklin, who attended Milwaukee's Riverside High, has shot 45.0 percent from three-point range this season (9-20). In fact, the Panthers as a whole have shot 33.0 percent on threes this season but only 41.1 percent from the field.
Besides hitting threes, UWM must score a lot in order to win. The team has scored no fewer than 74 points in each of its wins and averages 75.0 ppg through six games. However, they only hold their opponents to an average of 73.5 points per game and 45.0 percent field goal shooting.
Marquette and UWM will be facing off for the 35th time since 1917, yet the last time both teams met was in 1998 – a 77-56 win for Marquette. In fact, the Golden Eagles are 34-0 in the series and have hosted 31 of the games. The current five year contract, signed by the teams last season, includes four games at the Bradley Center and one at US Cellular Arena.
Marquette and UWM tip off at 7:30 pm CST at the Bradley Center.
** Jeff Wolf is a sophomore majoring in Advertising with a Studio Art Minor. Jeff is the Head Student Writer for MarquetteHoops.com and is also the Assistant Sports Director for Marquette Radio.