Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball

The Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Horizon League for the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. They play their home games at UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball
2019–20 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team
UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Head coachPat Baldwin (3rd season)
ConferenceHorizon League
LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin
ArenaUWM Panther Arena
(Capacity: 10,783)
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2005, 2006
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2003, 2005, 2006, 2014
Conference Tournament Champions
Horizon League
2003, 2005, 2006, 2014
Conference Regular Season Champions
1913, 1934, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1948, 1960

Horizon League
2004, 2005, 2006, 2011


UWM's predecessor institutions (Milwaukee Normal School, Milwaukee State Teachers College and Milwaukee State College) have competed in basketball since the 19th century as the Milwaukee Normals (1896-1927) and Milwaukee State Green Gulls (1927-1956).

Milwaukee State's only undefeated season came in 1940 under head coach Guy Penwell as the Green Gulls finished the year 16-0 en route to their third Wisconsin State Conference championship.

The team competed under the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee name for the first time for the 1956–57 season. In honor of joining the University of Wisconsin System, they sported the cardinal red and white colors and adopted "Cardinals" as their nickname. Three years later, the Cardinals made their first post-season appearance in the 1960 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament.

Seeking to establish their own identity, Milwaukee adopted the colors of black and gold on September 1, 1965 and became known as the Panthers. They also left the Wisconsin State College Conference (now the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) of which they'd been members since 1913, to form a conference with other urban public universities in the Great Lakes region such as the University of Illinois-Chicago and Cleveland State University. Such plans for a new conference never materialized, and the Panthers remained independent even as they moved from the NCAA College Division (now NCAA Division II) to the University Division (now NCAA Division I) in 1973.

The team moved again to NCAA Division III in 1980. Between 1985 and 1987, Milwaukee competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In 1987, the program moved to NCAA Division II where it won its regional in the 1989 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament, advancing to the contest's Elite Eight. Since 1990, Milwaukee Men's Basketball has competed in NCAA Division I. They played in the Mid-Continent Conference for one year in 1993-94 before joining the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, which became the Horizon League in 1999 and has been the Panthers' home ever since.

Milwaukee reached new heights of success during the mid-2000s, making its first NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship appearance in 2003 under head coach Bruce Pearl, followed by a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2005 and a second round appearance in 2006. Pearl left after 2005 and the school hired Rob Jeter.[2] The Panthers won three straight regular-season Horizon League championships from 2004–2006 as well as the Horizon League Tournament championship in 2003, 2005, and 2006. The Panthers' most recent Horizon League regular season championship came in 2011. In 2014, the Panthers won the Horizon League tournament, making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006. Just a few weeks later, UWM was handed a one-year postseason ban due to a low Academic Progress Rate.[3]

On March 17, 2016, Milwaukee fired head coach Rob Jeter after 11 seasons with the Panthers.[4] On April 7, Milwaukee announced that Michigan assistant coach LaVall Jordan would be the new head coach.[5]

Less than one year later, on March 3, 2017, The Panthers made history by being the first 10 seed to win even one game in the Horizon League Tournament. They went on to place second overall in the tournament when they finally lost to Northern Kentucky University on March 7. [6]

Division I Coaching records

Pat Baldwin 2017-present25390.391
LaVall Jordan 2016–201711240.314
Rob Jeter 2005–20161851700.521
Bruce Pearl 2001–200586380.694
Bo Ryan 1999–200130270.526
Ric Cobb 1995–199928810.257
Steve Antrim 1990–199574630.540

Coaching records

Steve Antrim 1987–199050370.575
Ray Swatella 1983–198733740.308
Bob Voight 1980–198351250.671
Bob Gottlieb 1975–198062700.470
Bill Klucas 1973–197522300.423
Charles Parsley 1970–197346290.613
Ray Krzoska 1963–197086870.497
Russ Rebholz 1952–19631261200.512
John Tierney 1942–194634250.577
Guy Penwell 1930–1942, 1946–19521861450.562
Milton Murray 1926-193017400.298
George Downer 1918–192015120.556
Paul Stothart 1917–1918190.100
Barney Anderson 1914–1917, 1920–192659761.100
Emmett Angeli 1910–191451170.750
Charles Davies 1908–191011190.367
None 1896–190879460.632


NCAA Division I tournament results

The Panthers have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament four times. Their combined record is 3–4.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
2003#12First Round#5 Notre DameL 69–70
2005#12First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#5 Alabama
#4 Boston College
#1 Illinois
W 83–73
W 83–75
L 63–77
2006#11First Round
Second Round
#6 Oklahoma
#3 Florida
W 82–74
L 60–82
2014#15First Round#2 VillanovaL 53–73

NCAA Division II tournament results

The Panthers have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament two times. Their combined record is 3–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1960Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Lincoln (MO)
Augustana (IL)
L 92–100
W 109–82
1989Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Augustana (SD)
Northern Colorado
Southeast Missouri State
W 99–95
W 89–88 OT
L 84–93

NCAA Division III tournament results

The Panthers have appeared in the NCAA Division III Tournament one time. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1982Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place
Augustana (IL)
L 63–70
W 75–73

NIT results

The Panthers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) two times. Their combined record is 1–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2004Opening Round
First Round
Boise State
W 91–53
L 70–73
2011First RoundNorthwesternL 61–70

CBI results

The Panthers have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) one time. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012First RoundTCUL 73–83


Years Conferences Win-Loss Pct. Seasons
1913-1964Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC)N/AN/A51
1993–1994Mid-Continent Conference7-11.3881
1994–presentHorizon League199-210.48725

Home arenas

Years Arena
1956–1977Baker Fieldhouse
J. Martin Klotsche Center
1992–1998The Milwaukee Exposition, Convention Center and Arena
2003–2012U.S. Cellular Arena
2013–presentUW–Milwaukee Panther Arena

See also


Basketball Media Guide (history)

  1. Milwaukee Athletics Graphic Standards Manual (PDF). June 5, 2019. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  3. "Wisconsin-Milwaukee banned from 2015 postseason due to APR". Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  4. "Rob Jeter fired as UWM men's basketball coach". Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  5. Rosiak, Todd (7 April 2016). "Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan to coach UWM basketball". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  6. "Milwaukee's Wild Postseason Ride Ends In Title Game". Milwaukee Athletics. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
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