Schedule Breakdown – Game 4 Texas Southern

PantherU is taking every weekday to break down a different opponent of the Milwaukee Panthers.  We’re going in chronological order.  Up next, Texas Southern. Opponent #4: Texas Southern Tigers, November 20th, US Cellular Arena

Texas Southern has been toiling away in the SWAC for a long time. Like the Panthers, the Tigers of Texas Southern are defending conference regular season champs who missed out on the NCAA Tournament because of a loss in the conference tournament.  The Tigers lose three of their top four scorers, and have two returning starters along with last year’s sixth man.  They were bounced unceremoniously from the NIT by Colorado.

Lawrence Johnson-Danner had an impressive freshman season.

– Key player: Lawrence Johnson-Danner. Last season, Johnson-Danner burst onto the scene in the SWAC, scoring 13.2 ppg as a freshman.  This season, with the departures of Daniel King, Travele Jones and Kevin Galloway, LJD figures to receive a lot of extra shots at the basket.  He shot over 40% from the field in 2010-11, playing an iron-man 33.3 minutes per game.

– Mystery team.  Because the TSU website is being updated, current rosters are not set. http://tsureview.com/ has been helpful in statistics.  The season roster, I’m told, will be up in the next week or so.

– New on the Block. The Tigers lost a whole heck of a lot on their front line.  Kevin Galloway and Travele Jones were very important for their rebounding, each pulling down almost seven a game.  There’s no established player that for sure will pick up the slack, but 6’11” Timothy Price had 2.4 rpg in just 11 mpg of action last season, and 6’7” Keithtrick Denson had 3 rpg in about 17 mpg. Yes, his name is Keithtrick.  Have at it, Klotsche Krazies.

– Prediction. Like any SWAC team that would walk into the Cell, Texas Southern is probably going to be overmatched by the get-go.  They were much better in conference than they were out of it, scoring 67 to allowing 62 as opposed to scoring 64.2 and allowing 65.5 in non-conference games.  They had a difficult season, getting slapped around by Drake, Oregon, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma and NIT champ Wichita State.  They were dropped by Colorado in the NIT.  Their best win was against 214 Oregon State, a school going through a putrid phase.  Of their 19 victories, a whopping 13 of them came against schools with RPI’s above 300.  In the battle of Horizon and SWAC teams, it won’t be close.

Panthers 76, Tigers 57

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