The Wisconsin Green Bay Phoenix (0-1) come to Washington, DC to face the Georgetown Hoyas (1-0) in
an only-locally-televised Game 2. Green Bay lost their first game to the Indiana State Sycamores, 80-53, after only trailing at halftime 34-31.
UPDATE: GUHoyas relays that “Saturday’s matchup can be seen live locally on WDCA FOX Five Plus and will be available on the FOX Sports App and foxsports.com to authenticated subscribers across the country.”
In the rarest of the rare, Georgetown is hosting Wisconsin Green Bay on Nov 12 at 11am on Ch 20.— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) September 9, 2022
This is like the Weird Al movie UHF.
Of course, for those outside the DMV, this game may be difficult or impossible to find on a television or stream. The radio broadcast, with play-by-play by Rich Chvotkin in his 49th year, is expected to be streamed on The TEAM 980 and SiriusXM streaming channel 982 and radio channel 392.
Looking at the Green Bay roster, they are not tall. The Phoenix tallest player appears to be 6’10” (Donovan Short) but only Brock Heffner (6’7”) and Cade Meyer (6’8”) receive significant minutes.
Somewhat surprising for a shorter team, GB doesn’t shoot a lot of threes. In the two prior years under head coach Will Ryan, they’ve been ranked 250+ in three-point attempt percentage. Last year, Green Bay attempted 18.4 per game and it was only 20.4 in the prior year.
The Phoenix attempted only 18 threes on Monday at ISU with Davin Ziegler hitting 2 for 5 from beyond the arc (7-12 FGs), scoring 19 points in 30 minutes. Will Ryan may not have definitively figured out his rotations as he played eight players with over 18 minutes apiece and had 20 bench points, but the Phoenix do not appear poised to run and gun like the Hoyas’ game 1 opponent.
Here are the links:
A complete roster turnaround for Phoenix head coach Will Ryan, as the son of Bo brought in 10 new players for the 2022-2023 season.
The preseason Horizon League men’s basketball poll has Green Bay finishing in the bottom half, only being better than IUPUI…
UWGB remains young as a core but will be led by forward Cade Meyer, who played significant minutes last year. Expect to see Amari Jedkins and Brayden Daily in the game at some point as well.
Some extended highlights from Indiana State's victory over Green Bay tonight pic.twitter.com/wIlJQ3h5oB— Omar Tellow (@OTellow16) November 8, 2022
WHAT’S UP, BRO? Zane and Donavan Short, products of Denmark, Wis., and Denmark High School, officially joined the team during the offseason. Donavan, the younger of the two brothers, committed to Green Bay on Nov. 12, 2021, while Zane joined in the offseason..
NO ‘SHORT’AGE OF TALENT Until this past offseason, Donavan Short was the highest-ranked in-state recruit in program history, rated as the number nine player in his class in Wisconsin. While at Denmark High School, he averaged 21.7 points per game as a junior before improving to 23.0 ppg as a senior. Short was named the Wissports.net Player of the Week on December 8, 2019.
A DOSE OF DAILEY Brayden Dailey will look to make an impact for Green Bay in 2022. The Cuba City, Wis., native redshirted last season after successful junior and senior campaigns at Cuba City High School. He was named Associated Press All-State and was a three-time All-Conference honoree. Dailey averaged 23.8 PPG during his junior season and 22.8 his senior year
Green Bay was selected 10th overall in the Horizon League preseason poll as the Phoenix received 111 total points in the voting. Green Bay received the selection after posting a 5-25 overall record on the year with a 4-16 mark in Horizon play in 2021-22. The Phoenix roster underwent a complete overhaul in the offseason with Green Bay bringing in 10 new players, including six transfers and three true freshmen.
Green Bay lost all three of their leading scorers from the 2021-22 season with Donovan Ivory (11.9), Kamari McGee (11.6), and Emmanuel Ansong (11.0) all moving on. The Phoenix won both of their exhibition games this preseason with Green Bay topping St. Norbert (50-45) and Michigan Tech (72-66) over the last two weeks leading up to the regular season. Eight of the Phoenix players hail from the state of Wisconsin on the 2022-23 roster.
The Phoenix traded baskets to start the second half until the offense stagnated around the 16-minute mark. Indiana State outscored GB 34-12 from that point in the half.
The Green Bay bench made an impact with 20 points on the night. » The Green Bay defense forced 16 turnovers. » 15 of Zeigler’s 19 points came in the first half. » Davis added seven points and two boards in 20 minutes off the bench. » Green Bay got a team-high eight rebounds from Zeigler. » Indiana State was hot from the floor, finishing with a 54.4 field goal percentage and 48.3 three point field goal percentage. » ISU outrebounded the Phoenix 36-27.
It was a second half to forget for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball team as the Phoenix suffered their first loss of the season, 80-53, to Indiana State.
Green Bay was able to keep it close heading into halftime, only down three, but after being outscored 22-46 in the second half, the Phoenix simply couldn’t keep up.
UWGB shot 5-18 from behind the arc (27.8%) and was led offensively by junior Davin Zeigler, who had 19 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Zae Blake also added nine points on an efficient 4-5 shooting
It was a second half to forget for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball team as the Phoenix suffered their first loss of the season, 53-80, to Indiana State.https://t.co/Q0r0Y6N30r— WFRV Local 5 (@WFRVLocal5) November 8, 2022
Will Ryan will enter his third season in 2022-23 as head coach for the Green Bay men’s basketball program, after being named the 8th head coach in the spring of 2020. In Ryan’s first season at the helm, he guided a young team to an 8-12 record in Horizon League play and 8-17 overall. Lucas Stieber was named to the League’s All-Freshman Team. In his second season, despite a 5-25 record, Cade Meyer and Kamari McGee were named to the All-Freshman team.
Ryan, who is the oldest son of well-known College Basketball Hall of Famer and former University of Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan, arrived in Titletown after one highly successful season at Wheeling University in West Virginia. In his lone season as the leader of the Cardinals, he took a team picked last in their conference to a fifth-place finish, all after taking over the program in July and with only five players on the current roster at that time.
Both teams got off to a slow start as nothing fell until almost three minutes into the game when Green Bay hit the first basket of the game. McCauley’s first trey of the game gave ISU its first lead of the night, 7-6, at 14:54. The Sycamores went on to hit four triples in a two-minute span, and an 8-0 ISU run was capped off by a steal and no-look pass from Julian Larry to Jayson Kent for the layup at 9:04 that put the Sycamores up 22-14.
Green Bay responded with a 9-0 run to retake the lead at 23-22, but McCauley immediately snatched the lead back with a bucket from deep and later pushed ISU’s lead to 31-25 with his third triple of the game at 2:25. Larry connected from deep with just under a minute to go in the half to help the Sycamores head into the break up 34-31.
Against the Georgetown defense, this site projects that the shot makeup of the Green Bay offense will be 39.8% three-pointers (2.3% above the D1 average), 27.9% mid-range jumpers (a shade below the D1 average), and 32.4% near-proximity twos (2.3% below the D1 average)...
Green Bay is one of the worst teams in college hoops when it comes to shooting (rated 339th in overall field goal conversion rate). Meanwhile, the Georgetown defense has been unexceptional in defensive field goal percentage, rated 137th nationally in that category...
Turnovers should be a large-scale concern for Green Bay here. On offense, Green Bay is very irresponsible with the basketball and will give it away often. Their field goal attempt rate is well below-average (rated 335th in the country), while their rating for potential quick points allowed off of steals is embarrassingly poor (353rd in the country). As for the opposition, the Georgetown D is fairly aggressive and is certainly capable of coming away with their fair share of steals. They rate well in our analytics on this front, landing at #43 in the nation in potential quick points scored off steals and #104 in defensive field goal attempt rate.