Preview: Milwaukee Panthers

The Marquette Golden Eagles look to rebound on Tuesday night against cross-town opponent Milwaukee.

Marquette Golden Eagles (6-2, 0-0 Big East) vs. Milwaukee Panthers (6-3, 1-1 Horizon)

Bradley Center-Milwaukee, WI

7:00 CST Tuesday Night

TV: ESPN Fullcourt/360, Big East Network, TWS32

Broadcast Team: Dennis Krause (play-by-play) and Jim McIlvaine (analyst)


After falling to a second straight ACC opponent, the Marquette Golden Eagles will try and regain their winning ways on Tuesday night against Milwaukee.

The Panthers are coming off a five point home loss to Loyola on Saturday. Milwaukee is led by burly senior forward James Eayrs. Eayrs, leads the team in scoring and rebounding and is a threat to score from multiple positions on the floor.

He will be joined in the frontcourt by sophomore Tony Meier. Meier chips in eight points and three rebounds per game. Jason Averkamp and Anthony Hill provide relief off the bench for the Panthers,

Ricky Franklin heads a deep Milwaukee backcourt that could see six or more faces during Tuesday night's game. Franklin, a fifth-year senior, accounts for 14 points, four rebounds and four assists per game for the Panthers.

Juniors Deonte Roberts and Jared Ajami join Franklin in a three-guard attack. Roberts pours in nine points per game and averages five rebounds per game-second best on the team. Ajami, a Madison Memorial Graduate and Northern Michigan transfer, seems to be searching for his shot (27 percent from the field) but provides solid defense and rebounding.

Freshman guards Lonnie Boga, Ja'Rob McCallum and Patrick Souter have done a nice job transitioning to the D1 level. Boga provides a spark off the bench, scoring just under seven points per game. McCallum and Souter provide relief at the point guard position.

With Rob Jeter at the helm, MU should expect to see Milwaukee run the swing offense—or some variation of it. The Panthers have shown a propensity to shoot the ball from beyond the arc this season, averaging over 25 attempts per game. On the other hand, Marquette averages fewer than 19 per game.

Tuesday's matchup is the 37th meeting between the two teams all time with Marquette holding a 36-0 advantage, including a 100-80 win last year at the Bradley Center.

Milwaukee-Projected Starters

G-Deonte Roberts (6-3, 190, JR.) --- (9.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.1 APG)

G-Ricky Franklin (6-1, 200 SR.) --- (13.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.6 APG)

G-Jerard Ajami (6-2,180, JR.) --- (3.1 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.6 APG)

F-Tony Meier (6-8, 210, SO.) --- (7.9 PPG, 3.2 RPG)

F-James Eayrs (6-7, 310, SR.) --- (15.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.1 BPG)

Milwaukee-Reserves:

Lonnie Boga (6-3, 200, FR.) --- (6.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 50% 3PT)

Ja'Rob McCallum (6-0, 170, FR.) -4.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG)

Jason Averkamp (6-6, 230, SR.) --- (3.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG)

Anthony Hill (6-7, 230, JR.) --- (3.7 PPG 2.3 RPG)

Patrick Souter (6-0, 170 FR.) --- (4.6 PPG, 1.0 APG)

Riley Walker (6-6, 210 FR.) --- (1.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG)


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