PREVIEW: Huskies tip off exhibition basketball at Green Bay

PREVIEW: Huskies tip off exhibition basketball at Green Bay
MICHIGAN TECH at Wisconsin Green Bay (Exhibition)
dates Thursday, November 3, 2022
Times 8 p.m. EST
Location Green Bay, Wis. | Kress Center
Radio Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ | pasty.net
Live Stats N/A
Game Notes at UW-Green Bay Notes
Twitter @MTUMBB
Facebook Facebook.com/michigantechmensbasketball
Tech’s Record 0-0, 0-0 GLIAC
Green Bay’s Record 0-0, 0-0 HORIZON

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech men’s basketball is in action for the first time this fall Thursday, traveling to Wisconsin Green Bay (Horizon League) at Kress Center at 8 pm It is the only exhibition contest for the Huskies, who begin their regular season on Nov. 12 -13 as host of the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover tournament. Fans can listen to Thursday’s radio broadcast locally on Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ and online at pasty.net.

Tech is no stranger to top exhibition competition as last year’s veteran-laden group downed Division I Ball State on the road 70-69 to tip off their 2021-22 campaign. Unintimidated by the Cardinals in their home arena, the Huskies went on to finish 21-7 overall and tied for first place in the GLIAC North Division standings (16-4) in head coach Josh Buettner’s first season at the helm. He would eventually earn GLIAC Coach of the Year honors.

Still, the spring ended in disappointment. In the final week of the regular season, the Huskies were shocked to lose in overtime to No. 25 ranked Ferris State 76-72, a game that likely would have locked up a second straight appearance in the NCAA Region Tournament. Their luck improved a sliver in the quarterfinals of the GLIAC Tournament, but the team came up short against rival Northern Michigan 78-71 in the semifinals.

This year the Huskies feature a promising lineup of young players, including 10 underclassmen.

A full season preview for Michigan Tech men’s basketball will be released on Monday, November 7 at 11 am in conjunction with the GLIAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

SCOUTING THE PHOENIX

  • Green Bay competes at the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Horizon League.
  • Thursday is ‘Dorm Competition Night’ at Kress Center.
  • The last time the Huskies met the Phoenix in regular season competition was Dec. 13, 2011 with UW-Green Bay winning 69-61. The Phoenix have won each of the past seven matchups.
  • Will Ryan enters his third season as head coach after taking over in the spring of 2020.
  • He is the oldest son of well-known College Basketball Hall of Famer and former Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bo Ryan. Prior to UW-Green Bay, Ryan spent one successful season at Wheeling University in West Virginia and won two national championships as a player for University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Division III). He also has over 15 combined years as a Division I assistant.
  • UW-Green Bay finished seventh in the Horizon League in 2020-21 and third in 2019-20. In 2018-19, the Phoenix made a run to the CIT Tournament Championship, where they were National Runners-Up.
  • For the second straight year, the Phoenix opened with an exhibition against Division III St. Norbert College.
  • Eight players on coach Ryan’s roster are from Wisconsin, their highest total of in-state athletes since 2009-10.
  • Until this offseason, Donovan Short was the highest-ranked in-state recruit in program history, rated No. 9 in his class in Wisconsin at Denmark High School, where he averaged 21.7 points per game as a junior, then 23.0 PPG as a senior .
  • UW Green Bay was selected to finish 10th in the Preseason Horizon League Coaches’ Poll behind Milwaukee and ahead of IUPUI.

NEW PHOENIX FACES

  • Green Bay welcomes 10 new members for the 2022-23 season.

TRANSFERS

  • Garren Davis (6-4, G, Clarendon College)
  • Clarence Cummings III (6-5, F, State College of Florida)
  • Zae Blake (6-1, W, Southwest Mississippi CC)
  • Brock Heffner (6-8, F, Hawaii)
  • Davin Zeigler (6-3, W, Indian Hills CC)
  • Ryan Wade (6-2, G, Central Michigan)

TRUE FRESHMEN

  • Donovan Short (6-10, C, Denmark, Wis.)
  • Amari Jedkins (6-7, F, Racine, Wis.)
  • Jack Rose (6-5, G, Bristol, Wis.)

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