A great late-season surge sent the Panthers to the top of the Horizon League and back into the postseason for the first time in five years. It didn’t look like a postseason berth was in the cards for the Panthers in mid-January after Milwaukee lost back-to-back games to Loyola and Valparaiso. At that point, Milwaukee sat 4-5 and in 7th place in the Horizon League.
But what had been a roller coaster became a thrilling ride for Milwaukee over the next two months. The Panthers won at Butler Jan. 23 and that started a nine-game league winning streak. By mid-February Milwaukee had moved into league title contention and then on Feb. 16 the Panthers knocked off then first-place Valparaiso at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
A successful road trip to Ohio the next week then put Milwaukee over the top, as the Panthers officially clinched a share of the league crown and hosting rights for the league tournament with an overtime victory at Youngstown State. Milwaukee did beat Valparaiso in the semifinals of the league tournament at The Cell but came up just short in its quest for a fourth NCAA Tournament berth, falling 59-44 to Butler in the championship game.
The Panthers still made their fifth NCAA Division I postseason appearance by qualifying for the National Invitational Tournament. Milwaukee made the short trip to Evanston, Ill., for a battle with Northwestern of the Big Ten, pulling within six late in the second half before falling, 70-61.
|Jerard Ajami||Ryan Allen||Lonnie Boga||Tone Boyle||Mitchell Carter||Quinton Gustavson||Ryan Haggerty||Anthony Hill|
|Kyle Kelm||Ja’Rob McCallum||Tony Meier||Evan Richard||Mitch Roelke||Patrick Souter||Kaylon Williams||Christian Wolf|