Region – Seed: East – No. 15
Conference: Horizon League
How They Qualified: Horizon League Tournament Champions
You can say that the Milwaukee Panthers stole a bid. They finished 7-9 in the Horizon League which was good enough for fifth (tied) place in the conference standings. That is just one of the many reasons why March gets the name March Madness.
Who knows if they will be able to pull off some Cinderella magic in the 2014 NCAA tournament, but making the dance has to feel really good no matter what happens.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Jordan Aaron (15.0 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Matt Tiby (6.6 rpg)
Leading Passer: Steve McWhorter (4.0 apg)
Bad Losses: Illinois-Chicago, Loyola (IL)
Good Wins: Davidson, Northern Iowa, Green Bay (twice), Wright State (twice)
Stealing a tournament bid or not, beating Green Bay and Wright State twice in one season is pretty impressive. Green Bay was the top team in the Horizon League and Wright State finished in third place in the conference standings.
You would think that the Panthers would have finished with a better conference record. Luckily, conference records, overall records and all of that other stuff we like to use to measure how good a team is goes down the drain once the NCAA tournament begins.
Milwaukee is going to be an underdog to say the least, but there is no limit to how many Cinderellas there can be in the dance and there is definitely no such thing as a guarantee in this tournament.
The Milwaukee Panthers are dancing!