The State of UW-Milwaukee Basketball

Five years ago today, UW-Milwaukee parted ways with Rob Jeter (the programs second winningest coach). Let’s take a fun trip down memory lane and look at our civil war and how the program has done since!

The Panthers are 58-94 (38.1%) in the five seasons since Jeter was fired. They went 11-24 under LaVall Jordan in the 2016-17 season and have gone 47-70 in current head coach Pat Baldwin’s four seasons. They’re 30-49 (33.7%) in Horizon League play. Their best finish in Horizon League play was a tie for fifth place in the 2017-18 season, but they were the six seed in the tournament since they were swept by IUPUI.

Milwaukee is 4-7 against UW-Green Bay in the last five seasons, which includes this years UWM sweep of UWGB.

The Panthers have finished behind Youngstown State in the standings in four of the five seasons.

One bright spot, however, is UWM’s record in the Horizon League Tournament. UWM is 6-4 in the tournament, but three of those wins came in LaVall Jordan’s lone season (2016-17) and two more coming this season. They didn’t qualify for the Horizon League tourney in the 2018-19 season.

Athletic Director Amanda Braun famously said that Jeter failed to reach goals of being in the top three in the Horizon League and top 100 in the RPI.

The NCAA switched to the NET ratings in the 2018-19 season, so let’s take a look at how UWM has done in those metrics since Jeter was canned:

UWM in the Horizon League has finished (in order of year from 2016-17 to present): 10th, T-5th, 10th, T-7th, 8th. The closest they came to third place was in Baldwin’s first season (2017-18).

In the RPI Milwaukee has finished: 260 (16-17), 227 (17-18), 299 (18-19). They are currently 236th in the NET rankings this season. I can’t find their rankings for 2019-20, but you get the idea.

In the last five years of Jeter’s tenure, which includes his worst finish (8-24 in 2012-13) and third worst finish (14-16 in 2014-15), UWM was 83-81 (50.6%) and went to the NCAA Tournament in the 2013-14 season, the fourth berth in program history and the most recent.

The 2012-13 team was demoralized by moving their games to the Klotsche Center. Imagine being recruited and committing to a school knowing you’re going to be playing in the same stadium that Kareem and Big O built and won a NBA Title in, and then you find out you’re going to play that season on the intramural dodgeball court.

I’m writing this primarily as a knock on UWM Athletic Director Amanda Braun. Braun is a disaster of an AD and needs to be relieved of her duties.

Current head coach Pat Baldwin is a good guy and a good recruiter, his x’s and o’s on the other hand I’m not sold on.

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