Quest for the top: Game 25

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Milwaukee (13-11, 8-5) vs. Loyola (13-11, 4-9)

Joseph Gentile Center 0 Rogers Park, Chicago, Illinois

TV: Time Warner Sports 32, 7 p.m.

Who knew the Milwaukee Panthers would be looking back to January 15th, kicking themselves?  Yet here we are, almost a month since the Panthers dropped a 71-65 decision at home against Loyola, and had Milwaukee taken care of business that night, they’d be in the driver’s seat for a bye to the conference semi-finals, the all-important seed (#1 or #2) that guarantees you only need to win 2, not 4 games to get into the Big Dance.

McCammon is leading the Ramblers in minutes and points per game.

The Ramblers are lead by Geoff McCammon, a senior from Roselle who is averaging 14 ppg in his final season.  What’s more crazy is that the Ramblers guard has only started nine games this season and is currently the sixth man off the bench.  He has scored at least 20 points in five games this season, the most coming against DePaul (ugh) when he dropped in 31 points.

But that “sixth man” title is misleading.  McCammon averages 29.3 minutes per game, tops on the team.  The fact that he isn’t starting is a real head scratcher, as the Ramblers could have gotten off to better starts in their current three-game losing streak.

In the block, the Ramblers are lead by Andy Polka (who also comes off the bench for some idiotic reason) and Ben Averkamp, both from Wisconsin and recruited by Milwaukee.  Polka is a bruiser down low, and he’d be averaging more than seven rebounds per game if he could get in more.  However, he has an injury history that limits his time on the court.

Averkamp has really come into his own as a sophomore, playing inside well on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Another game like Saturday will put Anthony Hill and the Panthers in a good spot to win.

Milwaukee needs to nut up on the glass; they were outrebounded, 33-29, in the teams’ first meeting and will not win unless they dominate the glass.  Challenge the Ramblers shots; they shot 55% from the floor in Milwaukee, and if they come close to that tonight it will be very hard to beat them.

PantherU Pre-game is at Hamilton’s, just a block south on Sheridan from the arena.  We should be there around 6.  Follow @PantherU on Twitter.  If we’re unable to get to the sports bar, I’ll send out an update.

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