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Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs. Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/8/14

Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers (15-9) at Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (19-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Resch Center)

The Line: Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The Milwaukee Panthers look to even the season series with the Green Bay Phoenix Saturday.

Milwaukee has their sights sets on the top four of the Horizon after recording back to back victories. The Panthers have not looked good in defeats with neither end of the floor standing out which has to change going forward. Everything did click when the defense stepped up to support the scoring in Sunday's 86-64 rout of Oakland that was just a three point contest until the home team pulled away late behind 56.6% shooting. That was the key with the Golden Grizzlies held to 37.5% which was a difference of nine field goals. Jordan Aaro provided the attack with 23 points with Austin Arians adding 16 while Kyle Kelm tossed in 12. Steve McWhorter and Matt Tiby combined for 21 points with Tiby grabbing 17 boards.

Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs. Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/8/14

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Few teams in the Horizon have the ability to win shootouts and defensive struggles like Green Bay who are solid at both ends of the floor. The Phoenix control their own destiny with a 9-1 mark in the Horizon which is two games ahead of Cleveland State. GB looks to build on an 81-70 decision over Illinois-Chicago where some late scoring broke open a tight game. Both ends of the floor contributed with 51% marksmanship carried the scoring while the D allowed 40% accuracy from the Flames. Alec Brown led a trio of double digit scorers with 20 points followed by an 18 point, ten pull, seven assit effort from Keifer Sykes while Carrington Love and Greg Mays netted 13 and nine points with Mays snagging nine rebounds.

Green Bay is easily the better team although they have been 'just' winning and not covering. I don't like backing Milwaukee but the Phoenix hopefully just win and don't embarass which could happen...

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