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Milwaukee Panthers
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School Name: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Arena: UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena
Capacity: 10,783
Conference: Horizon League
Head coach: Rob Jeter

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and its predecessor institutions have had three mascots and nicknames: Green Gulls (1910-1956), Cardinals (1956-1964), and Panthers (1964-present). The athletic program is currently known as the Milwaukee Panthers.

History

The modern era of Milwaukee men's basketball began with the 1956–57 school year but its predecessor institutions, Milwaukee Normal and Milwaukee State, had been playing basketball since 1896 and were members of the Wisconsin State College Conference. They left the WSCC (now the WIAC) in 1964 with intentions to form a conference with other urban universities in the Great Lakes states such as the University of Illinois-Chicago and Cleveland State University. Such plans never materialized, and the Panthers remained independent even as they moved from the NCAA College Division (now Division II) to the University Division (now Division I) in 1973.

The team moved again to NCAA Division III in 1980. Between 1985 and 1987, Milwaukee Men's Basketball competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In 1987, the program moved to NCAA Division II where it competed in the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship's Elite Eight in 1989. Since 1990, Milwaukee Men's Basketball has competed in NCAA Division I. They played in the the Mid-Continent Conference (now The Summit League) for one year in 1993-94 before joining the Mid-Continent Conference which became the Horizon League in 1999 and has been the Panthers' home ever since.

The Milwaukee men's basketball team reached new heights of success during the mid-2000s, making its first NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship appearance in 2003 under head coach Bruce Pearl, followed by a sweet sixteen appearance in 2005 and a second round appearance in 2006. The Panthers won three straight regular-season Horizon League championships from 2004–2006 as well as the Horizon League tournament championship in 2003, 2005, and 2006.

The Panthers' most recent Horizon League championship came in 2011 under head coach Rob Jeter.


Overall
Years of basketball 113
1st season 1896-97
Head coaches 20
All Games
All-time record 1245-1144-1
20+ win seasons 10
30+ win seasons 0
Horizon League Games
Horizon W–L record 143-128
Horizon titles 7
NCAA Division I Tournament
NCAA Appearances 3
NCAA W–L record 3–3
Sweet Sixteen 1
Elite Eight 0
Final Four 0
National Championships 0

NCAA Tournament results

The Panthers have appeared in six NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 7–6.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1960 First Round
Regional Third Place Game
Lincoln
Augustana
L 100–92
W 109–82
1982 First Round
Regional Third Place Game
Augustana
Beloit
L 70–63
W 75–73
1989 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite 8
Augustana
Northern Colorado
SE Missouri St.
W 99–95
W 89–82
L 93–84
2003 First Round Notre Dame L 70–69
2005 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Alabama
Boston College
Illinois
W 83–73
W 83–75
L 77–63
2006 First Round
Second Round
Oklahoma
Florida
W 82–72
L 82–60

Other tournament results

The Panthers have appeared in two National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2004 Opening Round
First Round
Rice
Boise State
W 91–63
L 73–70
2011 First Round Northwestern L 70–61

Coaching records

Coach Years Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Rob Jeter 2005–Present 101 89 0 .532
Bruce Pearl 2001–2005 86 38 0 .694
Bo Ryan 1999–2001 30 27 0 .526
Ric Cobb 1995–1999 28 81 0 .257
Steve Antrim 1987–1995 124 100 0 .554
Ray Swatella 1983–1987 33 74 0 .308
Bob Voight 1980–1983 51 25 0 .671
Bob Gottlieb 1975–1980 62 70 0 .470
Bill Klucas 1973–1975 22 30 0 .423
Charles Parsley 1970–1973 46 29 0 .613
Ray Krzoska 1963–1970 86 87 0 .497
Russ Rebholz 1952–1963 126 120 0 .512
John Tierney 1942-1946 34 25 0 .577
Guy Penwell 1930-1942, 1946-1952 186 145 0 .562
Milton Murray 1926-1930 17 40 0 .298
George Downer 1918-1920 15 12 0 .556
Paul Stothart 1917-1918 1 9 0 .100
Barney Anderson 1914-1917;1920-1926 59 76 1 .100
Emmett Angeli 1910-1914 51 17 0 .750
Charles Davies 1908-1910 11 19 0 .367
None 1896-1908 79 46 0 .632

Year-by-year (1956–present)

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Milwaukee (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1956–1964)
1956-1957 Russ Rebholz 12-7 7-5
1957-1958 Russ Rebholz 13-7 7-5
1958-1959 Russ Rebholz 17-4 11-2
1959-1960 Russ Rebholz 18-4 10-2 1st NCAA College Division Regional Third Place
1960-1961 Russ Rebholz 8-12 5-7
1961-1962 Russ Rebholz 4-17 3-9
1962-1963 Russ Rebholz 4-17 3-9
1963-1964 Ray Krzoska 3-18 3-9
Milwaukee (Independent) (1964–1993)
1964-1965 Ray Krzoska 9-14
1965-1966 Ray Krzoska 15-10
1966-1967 Ray Krzoska 14-11
1967-1968 Ray Krzoska 16-11
1968-1969 Ray Krzoska 15-11
1969-1970 Ray Krzoska 14-2
1970-1971 Charles Parsley 13-10
1971-1972 Charles Parsley 15-11
1972-1973 Charles Parsley 18-8
1973-1974 Bill Klucas 14-12
1974-1975 Bill Klucas 8-18
1975-1976 Bob Gottlieb 11-15
1976-1977 Bob Gottlieb 19-8
1977-1978 Bob Gottlieb 15-12
1978-1979 Bob Gottlieb 8-18
1979-1980 Bob Gottlieb 9-17
1980-1981 Bob Voight 13-13
1981-1982 Bob Voight 20-6 NCAA Division III Regional Third Place
1982-1983 Bob Voight 18-6
1983-1984 Ray Swatella 6-20
1984-1985 Ray Swatella 9-17
1985-1986 Ray Swatella 10-17
1986–1987 Ray Swatella 8-20
1987–1988 Steve Antrim 16-12
1988–1989 Steve Antrim 24-7 NCAA Division II Elite 8
1989–1990 Steve Antrim 10-18
1990–1991 Steve Antrim 18–10
1991–1992 Steve Antrim 20–8
1992–1993 Steve Antrim 23–4
Milwaukee (Summit League) (1993–1994)
1993–1994 Steve Antrim 10–17 7–11 8th
Milwaukee (Horizon League) (1994–Present)
1994–1995 Steve Antrim 3–24 2–13 11th
1995–1996 Ric Cobb 9–18 5–11 6th
1996–1997 Ric Cobb 8–20 4–12 9th
1997–1998 Ric Cobb 3–24 2–12 8th
1998–1999 Ric Cobb 8-19 5–9 6th
1999–2000 Bo Ryan 15-14 6–8 4th
2000–2001 Bo Ryan 15–13 7–7 5th
2001–2002 Bruce Pearl 16–13 11–5 3rd
2002–2003 Bruce Pearl 24–8 13–3 2nd NCAA Round of 64
2003–2004 Bruce Pearl 20–11 13–3 1st NIT 1st Round
2004–2005 Bruce Pearl 26–6 14–2 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2005–2006 Rob Jeter 22–9 12–4 1st NCAA Round of 32
2006–2007 Rob Jeter 9–22 6–10 7th
2007–2008 Rob Jeter 14–16 9–9 4th
2008–2009 Rob Jeter 17–14 11–7 5th
2009–2010 Rob Jeter 20-14 10-8 4th
2010-2011 Rob Jeter 19-14 13-5 1st NIT 1st Round
Total:

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

Rivalry records

Green Bay (Phoenix 25–19)

1970s and 1980s (Phoenix 4–0)

Year Winner Result Loser
1971 Green Bay 82–75 Milwaukee
1979 Green Bay 58–57 OT Milwaukee
1980 Green Bay 57–53 Milwaukee
1980 Green Bay 70–50 Milwaukee

1990s (Phoenix 11–4)

Year Winner Result Loser
1993 Milwaukee 75–68 Green Bay
1993 Milwaukee 61–48 Green Bay
1994 Green Bay 64–42 Milwaukee
1994 Milwaukee 58–55 Green Bay
1995 Green Bay 79–58 Milwaukee
1995 Green Bay 63–43 Milwaukee
1996 Green Bay 67–54 Milwaukee
1996 Green Bay 81–66 Milwaukee
1997 Green Bay 62–49 Milwaukee
1997 Green Bay 62–46 Milwaukee
1998 Green Bay 68–51 Milwaukee
1998 Green Bay 80–72 Milwaukee
1999 Green Bay 74–66 Milwaukee
1999 Milwaukee 59–57 Green bay
1999 Green Bay 72–66 Milwaukee

2000s (Panthers 13–8)

Year Winner Result Loser
2000 Green Bay 67–65 Milwaukee
2000 Milwaukee 67–42 Green Bay
2000 Milwaukee 62–58 Green Bay
2001 Green Bay 53–49 Milwaukee
2001 Milwaukee 79–57 Green Bay
2002 Milwaukee 63–51 Green Bay
2002 Milwaukee 76–66 Green Bay
2003 Green Bay 79–68 Milwaukee
2003 Milwaukee 78–54 Green Bay
2004 Milwaukee 82–70 Green Bay
2004 Milwaukee 81–70 Green Bay
2005 Milwaukee 86–56 Green Bay
2005 Green Bay 76–72 Milwaukee
2006 Milwaukee 80–60 Green Bay
2006 Green Bay 84–77 Milwaukee
2007 Green Bay 73–67 Milwaukee
2007 Milwaukee 74–73 Green Bay
2008 Milwaukee 65–61 Green Bay
2008 Milwaukee 76–66 Green Bay
2009 Green Bay 77–75 Milwaukee
2009 Green Bay 72–68 Milwaukee

2010s (Tied 2–2)

Year Winner Result Loser
2010 Milwaukee 71–51 Green Bay
2010 Green Bay 61–54 Milwaukee
2011 Green Bay 69–64 Milwaukee
2011 Milwaukee 88–75 Green Bay

NCAA Tournament seeding history

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years ? '03 '05 '06
Seeds ? 12 12 11

NCAA Division 1 ranking history

The UWM Panthers were ranked in the Top 20 at one point during the 1992-1993 season. The UWM Panthers were also ranked after week 17 in 2005 at #23.

Final AP Poll

Years -
Ranks

Final ESPN/USA Today Poll

Years -
Ranks

Final Mid-Major Poll

Years 2010-11
Ranks 20

Conferences

Years Conferences Win-Loss Pct.
1896-1913 None N/A N/A
1913-1964 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) N/A N/A
1964–1993 None 412-346 .544
1993–1994 Mid-Continent Conference 7-11 .388
1994–present Midwestern Collegiate Conference/Horizon League 143-128 .528

Home arenas

Years Arena
1956–1977 Baker Fieldhouse
1977–1992 J. Martin Klotsche Center
1992–1998 MECCA Arena
1998–2003 J. Martin Klotsche Center
2003–Present UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena


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