The Green Bay men’s basketball team will (finally) play its regular-season home opener, with a noon tipoff Sunday (Nov. 22) at the Resch Center vs. D-II opponent Minnesota-Duluth. The Phoenix is 0-3 after a coast-to-coast, sunrise-to-sunset road trip that ended Thursday with a one-sided loss, 107-77, at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. For more information.
The Green Bay men’s basketball team will play its third-straight road game to open the season on Thursday night (Nov. 19) in Atlanta, visiting ACC-member Georgia Tech at McCamish Pavilion for a 6 p.m. CT tip time. The Phoenix enters 0-2, while 2-0 Georgia Tech knocked off SEC contender Tennessee on Monday. WNFL 1440 has radio coverage, ESPN3 has live streaming.
Following its dramatic overtime defeat at Stanford on Friday, the Green Bay men’s basketball team makes a quick travel turnaround to face East Tennessee State at 5 a.m. CT Tuesday in Johnson City, Tenn., in a game airing live on ESPN2. (Save for an 11 p.m. tip at the old Phoenix Sports Center nearly two decades ago for a women’s basketball “midnight madness” game, it’s the quirkiest scheduling ever for a Phoenix team.) The red-eye contest is part of both the NIT Season Tip-Off and ESPNs annual college basketball 24-hour tip-off marathon. For more, go to.
The Green Bay men’s basketball team will finally take the floor for its anticipated regular-season opener on Friday night at Stanford as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off. The game will tip at 8 p.m. CT (6 p.m. PT) at Maples Pavilion, marking both the debut for Head Coach Linc Darner and his team’s up-tempo style of play. The Phoenix (0-0) will face a Stanford (0-0) team coming off an NIT Championship in 2014-15, but one that has waved goodbye to its three top scorers from last year. WNFL-AM 1440 will carry the radio broadcast.
First-year UWGB head coach Linc Darner is installing the same system here as he ran with last year’s NCAA D-II men’s basketball champions at Florida Southern. He talked about that in his preseason interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel… and he also talked about his familiarity with the rich history of Phoenix hoops, defense and Dick and Tony Bennett.
The Green Bay men’s basketball team has moved tipoff time for its home game vs. Minnesota-Duluth to a noon start at the Resch Center. The regular-season home opener was originally scheduled for 4 p.m., but the Green Bay Packers showdown vs. the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis has been “flexed” to a late-afternoon start by the NFL and its TV partners. The earlier tip time for the Phoenix will allow fans to catch the basketball game in person, with plenty of time to get home to see the Packers broadcast, if they wish. To see the full (and corrected) men’s schedule.
The Green Bay women’s basketball team thumped Minnesota-Duluth at the Kress Center on Saturday afternoon, winning their exhibition opener 80-25. The Phoenix led 55-13 at the end of three quarters. (Yes, the NCAA women’s game has moved from 20-minute halves to four 10-minute quarters.) Next up for Coach Kevin Borseth’s team is a Thursday date (Nov. 5, 7 p.m.) with St. Norbert visiting the Kress to conclude exhibition play. Also this past Saturday, the Green Bay men’s basketball team took to the Resch Center floor for the first time in 2015-16 under new head coach Linc Darner, and went all “RP40” in a 95-41 victory over UW-Stout. For more on either game.
Wow. When your men’s basketball team goes 30-2 and makes a run to its first national title game (vs. the legendary John Chaney’s Cheyney State, in Division II, 1978)… and that’s only No. 43 on the all-time top list of 50 greatest sports moments in UW-Green Bay history… that’s one impressive list! Intercollegiate Athletics is doing a great job in reminiscing about the program’s remarkable history; they just unveiled a new batch counting down toward No. 1.
Former Phoenix basketball star Keifer Sykes was released by the San Antonio Spurs as the NBA team’s preseason came to an end. Sykes said he would sign with the Spurs’ NBA D-League affiliate in Austin (Tex.), in hopes of being called back to next year’s camp when it is expected the team will have fewer guaranteed contracts and more open roster spots. Horizon League fans will note that among the guards the Spurs kept was former Detroit Titans star Ray McCallum Jr., a three-year NBA vet.
Newcomer Jamar Hurdle, a 6-7 junior transfer from Des Moines Area Community College, was a standout at the men’s basketball dunk contest that was part of Phoenix Phrenzy at the Kress Events Center on Saturday.