The Brown County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to authorize up to $1 million for a new video scoreboard at the Resch Center, the community facility that is home to Phoenix men’s basketball. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that UW-Green Bay Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie spoke at the meeting and called the current video board “the worst in the Horizon League.” Gillespie said the existing scoreboard impedes the school’s “ability to generate additional revenue… (and its) home court advantage.”
The Green Bay Press-Gazette is previewing a County Board vote on a $1 million upgrade to the Resch Center video board this week by saying it could help determine if the Phoenix men’s basketball team continues to play at the Resch. The P-G reports that the contract between UWGB and PMI management allows the Phoenix to opt out if the scoreboard is not upgraded. University spokesman Chris Sampson said the escape clause kicked in on April 15, but the University has not decided if it plans to exercise it. “Phoenix men’s basketball wants to stay at the Resch Center. It’s a great venue,” he said. “It would be premature to speculate as to what the next step is (if the Board declines action).” Read more.
On Friday night (Feb. 20) in front of a national cable audience, Green Bay (21-6, 10-3 HL) will look to keep its offense clicking as it welcomes Cleveland State (16-11, 10-3 HL) to its home floor at the Resch Center for a 6 p.m. tip-off. The Phoenix and the Vikings are tied for second place in the Horizon League at 10-3 with three games remaining for both teams. Athletics is promoting the hoops showdown with a free Phoenix hat courtesy of Menominee Casino to the first 1,000 fans of at least 21 years of age, and it will also be Bud Light Night, featuring 24-ounce draft beers for only $2. For more.
The UW-Green Bay men’s basketball team (21-6, 10-3) ran past Detroit (12-17, 5-9) at the Resch Center Wednesday night, 96-76. Star of the game was senior forward Greg Mays, who shattered his career high with 34 points and a Resch Center-record 26 in the first half. He was 10-15 on FGs and an impressive 14-for-17 on FTs. For more.
Visiting Green Bay (20-6, 9-3 HL) fell behind by as many as 15 points in the second half and saw its furious rally come up short in a 63-59 loss at Valparaiso (23-4, 10-2 HL) on Friday night. Now tied for second place, the Phoenix returns home on Wednesday night to host Detroit at 7 p.m. Green Bay also hosts Cleveland State on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Resch Center. Read more.
No, it’s not the Drake that got punched out by Diddy earlier this week, it’s the Drake Bulldogs, a Division I college basketball team from the Missouri Valley Conference. They’ll be visiting the Resch Center for a 4 p.m. tipoff Saturday (Dec. 13). UW-Green Bay is in unchartered territory as the nation’s top team in terms of RPI. The Phoenix has wins over three teams — Miami, Florida Gulf Coast and Evansville — in the top-60 in RPI. Those opponents are a combined 24-0 in games not against Green Bay. For more.
Last weekend was a busy weekend at the Resch Center. A Friday night Green Bay Gamblers hockey game was followed by a Saturday Green Bay Phoenix basketball game, and then another hockey game. You can see Friday night’s hockey-basketball changeover in less than a minute, at http://vimeo.com/86246866.
The annual alumni reunion game of former Phoenix men’s basketball players is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 1) at the Resch Center. The scrimmage, as always, is free and open to the public, taking place hours before the nationally televised Green Bay-Wright State showdown on the same court later in the day.
This year’s event promises something special. It’s a 20th anniversary reunion of Hall of Fame Coach Dick Bennett’s most famous squad — the 1994 team that made national headlines with its shocking upset of the heavily favored California Golden Bears in what was acclaimed at the time as one of the greatest upsets in NCAA Tournament history.
Virtually every player from that team has committed to return for the weekend’s activities, which include a private team dinner and the afternoon alumni game. Additionally, members of the 1994 team will be introduced and invited to center court for recognition by the Resch Center crowd during halftime of the Phoenix-Raiders Horizon League matchup.
Members of the 1994 team who have indicated they will participate in Saturday’s events are Ben Berlowski, Gary Grzesk, Eric Jackson, Eric LeDuc, Jeremy Ludvigson, Sam Maddox, Luke Madsen, John Martinez, Jeff Nordgaard, Rico Rondorf, Logan Vander Velden, Pete Wade, Chris Westlake and Jeff Zavada.
It was on St. Patrick’s Day in 1994 that the Phoenix, wearing green, beat Cal 61-57 in an NCAA first-round game in Ogden, Utah. Cal was led by a pair of All-Americas in future NBA all-star Jason Kidd and lottery pick Lamond Murray, but a fierce UW-Green Bay defense anchored the upset. The Phoenix rallied to take Syracuse to the wire two days later but was eliminated from the tournament, 64-59, and finished the season 27-7. Along the way, the “little team that could” (a phrase actually used by some major media outlets) put UWGB on newspaper headlines and ESPN broadcasts nationwide, and rallied Green Bay community support for the University.
Saturday’s alumni game is a prelude to the 6 p.m. matchup between conference-leading Green Bay (17-4, 7-1 HL) and Wright State (13-11, 5-4 HL). The first 3,000 fans on Saturday will receive a free Whiteout 6th Fan t-shirt. All fans are encouraged to wear white to the game, which will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association is sponsoring an all-University alumni reception at 5 p.m. at the Resch for fans who hold tickets to the game.
There will be free t-shirts to the first 3,000 fans at the Green Bay vs. Wright State game at the Resch Center, 6 p.m. this Saturday (Feb. 1). For more information.
We have a link here to the pre-game tribute that played on the big board at the Resch Center during opening introductions for Saturday’s Virginia-Green Bay showdown. Tony Bennett, Class of ’92, received a heartfelt welcome home, but Coach Brian Wardle’s Phoenix men’s basketball team defeated Bennett’s Cavaliers in a terrific game. We have that link, a game summary and photo gallery.