|Athlon says Bruce Pearl is a "Coach on the rise"|
Wisconsin-Milwaukee Scouting Report
|NC State needs to stop UWM's Dylan Page|
Head Coach Bruce Pearl: In his third year as the head man for the Panthers, Bruce Pearl has won the Milwaukee faithful over with his outgoing personality that has made him one of the most recognizable sports figures in the city. He also wins games. He has collected 43 wins overall and won 24 games in 2002-03 which was the most by a UWM squad since the 1988-89 season, equaling the all-time school record. Pearl is considered to become one of the hottest up and coming coaches in America while building UWM into one of the top Mid-Major programs in the country.
Early Season: Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3-1) will bring a hot shooting team into the RBC that can score in bunches (87,2 ppg average), and do it efficiently (44% FG%). They have developed a reputation of winning on the road under Coach Pearl. In 2002-03, the Panthers were 8-6 in road games. UWM also just won their first road game of the season against Prairie View 87-70. Their 3-1 start to this season marks the best start by a Panther team since 1992-93.
Probable Starting 5: G – Chris Hill, 5-9, SO, 8.0 ppg, 3.3 apg, G – Ed McCants, 6-3, JR, 20.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, F – Joah Tucker, 6-5, SO, 16.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, F – Dylan Page, 6-9, SR, 20.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, C – Adrian Tigert, 6-7, SO, 7.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg
Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Top Gun: Senior Dylan Page (6-9 225) is one of the best players to suit up for the Panthers. He is amongst the leaders all-time in rebounding (4th) and block shots (5th). He is coming off a steller season where it was capped by winning the Horizon Tournament MVP award in 2003-03. Page has career highs of 32 points (Loyola, 12/21/2002) and 11 rebounds (at Southern Illinois, 2/22/2003).
High Shooting %: There is a reason why the Panthers make over 50% of their shots; they like to pound it inside to their two big men, Dylan Page and Joah Tucker who combine for 37 ppg. Page's efficiency is over 50% while Tucker is hitting over 60% of his shots. The inside game also draws a lot of fouls against UWM. They shot 104 free throws in their first 3 games and have made 76 % of their attempts overall.
Name Jumble:Check the spelling of the Panthers "All-Name" team; Mielke, Kadima, Czechwicz, Pangatz. Good luck to Gary Hahn and Tony Haynes with the pronunciations!
Speed Counts:The Panthers may find the speed of the NC State players a challenge, if the recent past is a gauge. In UWM only loss to Southern Illinois 81-77, they struggled against a quicker group of SI players. After the game, Coach Pearl was quoted; "The strong always beat the weak and the smart always beat the strong, but the quick beat everyone."
Key Match-Up: NC State's defensive rebounding vs. UWM offensive rebounding. The NC State inside game will be challenged against a very good rebounding Panther team (38 rpg average). The Pack has struggled on the boards in the early season and the Panthers will look to take advantage of the absence of a true power game from NC State. UWM is averaging over 13 offensive boards a game. Marcus Melivin will need to get a body on Dylan Page who is averaging 9.3 rpg.
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Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Dylan Page celebrates as he is lifted above the crowd after beating Butler, Tuesday, March 11, 2003, in the championship game of the Horizon League tournament in Milwaukee. Wisconsin-Milwaukee won 69-52.(AP Photo/Peter Zuzga)
|No||Name||Pos||Ht||Wt||Yr||City (High School)|
|1||Ricardo Freeman||G||6-3||195||JR||Hartford, Conn. (Seeward CC)|
|2||Chris Hill||G||5-10||160||SO||Chicago, Ill. (Whitney Young HS)|
|3||Joseph Czechowicz||G||5-9||165||FR||Pewaukee, Wis. (Pewaukee HS)|
|4||Mark Pancratz||G||6-3||185||SO||Schaumburg, Ill. (Schaumburg HS)|
|5||Marcus Conigliaro||G||6-2||195||SO||Milwaukee, Wis. (Vincent HS)|
|10||Kalombo Kadima||G||6-2||185||SR||Milwaukee, Wis. (Rufus King HS)|
|13||Joah Tucker||F||6-5||220||SO||Milwaukee, Wis. (Nicolet HS)|
|15||Dylan Page||F/C||6-8||225||SR||Amherst, Wis. (Amherst HS)|
|30||Jered Hokenson||G||6-1||180||FR||Watertown, Minn. (Watertown-Mayer HS)|
|22||Ed McCants||G||6-3||195||JR||Marion, Ohio (Paris JC)|
|23||James Wright||F||6-6||205||JR||Milwaukee, Wis. (Winchendon Prep)|
|24||Ronald Davis||G||6-3||185||JR||Chicago, Ill. (Olney Central CC)|
|43||Adam Finley||F||6-6||230||SO||Genoa, Ill. (Boylan HS)|
|40||Nate Mielke||C||6-11||220||SR||Waterloo, Iowa (Marshalltown Community)|
|42||Rob Sanders||F||6-6||190||JR||Toledo, Ohio (Toledo)|
|44||Adrian Tigert||F||6-6||230||SO||Oshkosh, Wis. (Oshkosh West)|
|50||Nick Hansen||G||6-5||200||FR||Appleton, Wis. (West HS)|