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Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers vs. Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix - 1/9/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (12-3) at Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers (5-11)

College Basketball: Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm (UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena)

The Line: Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Green Bay Phoenix will travel to UW-Panther Arena to take on the Milwaukee Panthers this Friday night.

The Green Bay Phoenix picked up their 3rd straight victory and improved to 12-3 (1-0 Horizon) after defeating the Wright State Raiders 79-55 this past Monday. Green Bay outrebounded the Raiders by a 47-29 margin and held Wright State to just 31.3% shooting from the field. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Keifer Sykes who had 28 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Green Bay is currently ranked 64th in the RPI Standings and has played the 183rd SOS. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Keifer Sykes (17.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.7 spg) and Carrington Love (10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.5 spg). Green Bay is averaging 67.2 ppg (ranked 191st) on 46.1% shooting (ranked 61st). The Phoenix shot just 60.4% from the free-throw line which ranks 335th in the country. Defensively, Green Bay is holding their opponents to an average of 57.2 ppg (ranked 21st) on 38.2% shooting (ranked 38th). The Phoenix average 4.9 bpg (ranked 53rd) and grab 36.53 total rpg (ranked 110th).

Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers vs. Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix - 1/9/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Milwaukee Panthers lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 5-11 (0-2 Horizon) after being defeated by the Detroit Titans 83-67 this past Sunday. Milwaukee allowed the Titans to shot 51.5% from the field and was outrebounded by a 39-25 margin. Leading the way for the Panthers was Matt Tiby who had 20 points and 9 rebounds. Milwaukee is currently ranked 296th in the RPI Standings and has played the 207th ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Steve McWhorter (14.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 spg) and Matt Tiby (11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, Milwaukee is averaging 63.6 ppg (ranked 272nd) on 40.3% shooting (ranked 288th). The Panthers are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 137th) on 31.1% three-point shooting (ranked 261st). Milwaukee is averaging 13.5 turnovers per game (ranked 205th). Defensively, Milwaukee is holding their opponents to an average of 72.2 ppg (ranked 306th) on 46.0% shooting (ranked 308th). The Panthers are grabbing 23.88 defensive rpg (ranked 180th) and 33.56 total rpg (ranked 237th).

The Phoenix are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win. The Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. the Horizon League however, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Milwaukee has to be happy that they get to play at home as they are 0-7 on the road this season however, it will be quite difficult for Milwaukee to snap their 5-game losing streak against Green Bay. Keifer Sykes is one of the best guards in the nation and between their defensive and size advantage down low, it will be a long night for Milwaukee. I see Green Bay winning this one by double-digits. Take Green Bay to cover the spread. 

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Green Bay Phoenix -8.5

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