Sunday, October 14, 2007

News On The Horizon 10/14/2007

Cedric Jackson Dazzles in Debut Scrimmage--LetsGoVikes

UIC Basketball Unveils New Uniforms For 2007-08

Hoping to court success--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports-Colleges

UW-Green Bay: Picked to finish third in the Horizon, the Phoenix return four starters, including 6-9 Mike Schachtner, a first team all-league pick from Somerset. The 6-9 junior averaged 14.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game a season ago, and was the only player to rank in the top five in the Horizon in free-throw percentage (91.2%), three-point percentage (45.6%) and field-goal percentage (49.3%).

Green Bay also welcomes five freshmen, featuring Vincent graduate Bryquis Perine, as well as Milwaukee Pius graduate D'Angalo Jackson, who transferred in halfway through last season from Creighton.

Mark Stewart and Dan Manoyan of the Journal Sentinel staff contributed to this report.

Hoping to court success--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports-Colleges

UW-Milwaukee: With four of five starters, seven of their top eight scorers and 80% of their scoring returning from last season, the Panthers have high hopes of improving on their disappointing 9-22 record of last season. The Panthers were among the youngest teams in the nation, entering last season with just nine college starts on the roster.

The team showed notable improvement after starting the season with a 2-11 record. The Panthers' best month last season was January, when they went 5-4 and knocked off Wright State and Illinois-Chicago, both in first place in the Horizon League when they lost to UWM.

Still, the Panthers finished seventh in the Horizon League at 6-10.

The Panthers, who in a recent poll of Horizon League coaches and writers were picked to finish fourth this season, are buoyed by the return of seniors Avery Smith, who led the team in scoring last season with 15.5 points per game, and Paige Paulsen (11.3 ppg.). Smith was just named to the preseason Horizon League first team and Paulsen garnered second-team honors.

Other returning starters are Allan Hanson (7.7 ppg.) and Ricky Franklin (7.2 ppg.). Also returning is Charlie Swiggett (5.2 ppg.), who started 12 games before being sidelined with a leg injury.

Although they are a veteran team, there will be plenty of new faces for the Panthers. Eight new players - including three transfers and five incoming freshmen - will compete for playing time.

Torre Johnson figures to make the largest impact among the transfers. The Milwaukee Juneau graduate averaged more than 10 points per game at Oklahoma State.

Mark Stewart and Dan Manoyan of the Journal Sentinel staff contributed to this report.

A numbers game--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports-Colleges
Practice Officially Underway For 2007-08

WSU's Thomas breaks foot at hoops practice--Dayton Daily News Sports

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