Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix Deserves Attention

By Spencer Impellizzeri
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With a 62-55 victory over the Wright State Raiders, the Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix move to 18-4 and 8-1 in Horizon Conference play.

Keifer Sykes and Greg Mays both scored 20 points to lead the Phoenix.

Green Bay has now won 13 of their last 14 games.

The Phoenix aren’t getting much attention, but they should be.

Green Bay has put together a solid resume, regardless of conference. The Phoenix have a marquee win over the Virginia Cavaliers and three of the Phoenix’s four losses have come to teams within the top 100 of the RPI Rankings, including two in the top 50. Green Bay is 1-1 against the top 25 of the RPI and the loss was a three-point defeat at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers. The only loss to a team not in the top 100 was on the road without star big man Alec Brown.

The Phoenix have the talent on their roster to compete with anyone. Sykes, Brown, and Mays all average double figures scoring while Jordan Fouse cleans up on the glass, averaging 7.4 rebound per game. Sykes and Brown are a duo that is very tough to stop. Sykes leads the conference in scoring at 20.7 points per game and is on of two players nationally to average more than 20 points and five assists per game. Brown protects the rim for the Phoenix, averaging just over three blocks per game, while averaging 16.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Green Bay has a two game lead in the conference and play the last place Illinois-Chicago Flames next. Look for the Phoenix to keep winning and sneak up on some teams in March.

Spencer Impellizzeri is a MLB and college basketball writer for  Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Spence_I

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