The UW-Milwaukee Panthers (5-12, 3-5 Horizon) lose yet again, this time to the Illinois-Chicago Flames (6-8, 2-3 Horizon) by a final of 81-77 inside UWM Panther Arena.
Milwaukee took a 34-27 lead into intermission despite not playing particularly well, only to put an embarrassing effort on the court in the second half and allowed Illinois-Chicago to score 54 points in the final 20 minutes.
The Panthers committed 17 turnovers, which UIC turned into 20 points. The Flames also scored 22 points in the paint, 16 fast-break points and 10 second chance points on top of UIC shooting 66.7-percent from the field in the second half. Put that all together and that’s how you get an embarrassing home loss.
This is the most talent UWM has had in a long time and the fact they’re either not competitive in games and/or are constantly losing/barely hanging on against very bad teams, that’s an issue.
This has to be the last year for Pat Baldwin Sr. at the helm of the program, right?
Baldwin Sr. has proven he can recruit talent, but at some point the results need to happen.
Baldwin is in his fifth season as head coach and UWM is 52-82 (.388) under his leadership with a 29-50 (.367) Horizon League record.
His best finish was his first year in 2017-18 when the Panthers finished 16-17 and a 8-10 Horizon record which was good enough for fifth place, and that was with LaVall Jordan’s recruits.
Since that 2017-18 season, UWM has finished: 9-22 (4-14, 10th place), 12-19 (7-11, 7th place), 10-12 (7-10, 8th place), and are currently 5-12 overall this season and 3-5 in Horizon League play and in ninth place in the 12-team conference.
I’m sure glad Amanda Braun fired the program’s second winningest coach, Rob Jeter, for the product that has been put on the floor the last six seasons.
Rob Jeter was fired after the 2015-16 despite leading UWM to a 20-13 overall record and a 10-8 Horizon record. Jeter finished with a 185-170 record in 11 seasons at UWM.
In the six seasons since Jeter’s firing, UWM has a 63-106 (.373) record overall and 33-64 (.340) Horizon League record and the best conference finish was that 2017-18 fifth place finish when they finished with an 8-10 conference record.
Fans, boosters and alumni have had enough. There’s a reason why the stadium has been increasingly empty as the games and years have gone along.
I’d like Amanda Braun to be shown the door to take the first step in Making UWM Great Again!
UWM hosts the IUPUI Jaguars (1-13, 0-5 Horizon) on Saturday, January 15th. Tipoff is set for 2:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on ESPN+.