Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball

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Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball
2014–15 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team
Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball athletic logo
University University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Conference Horizon League
Location Milwaukee, WI
Head coach Rob Jeter (10th year)
Arena UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena
(Capacity: 10,783)
Nickname Panthers

Black and Gold

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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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

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. The current head coach is Rob Jeter.


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 competed in the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship's Elite Eight in 1989. 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. 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 under head coach Rob Jeter.

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 and will be unable to defend their Horizon League title.

Coaching records[edit]

Coach Years Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Rob Jeter 2005–Present 164 157 0 .510
Bruce Pearl 2001–2005 86 38 0 .694
Bo Ryan 1999–2001 30 27 0 .526
Ric Cobb 1995–1999 28 81 0 .257
Steve Antrim 1987–1995 124 100 0 .554
Ray Swatella 1983–1987 33 74 0 .308
Bob Voight 1980–1983 51 25 0 .671
Bob Gottlieb 1975–1980 62 70 0 .470
Bill Klucas 1973–1975 22 30 0 .423
Charles Parsley 1970–1973 46 29 0 .613
Ray Krzoska 1963–1970 86 87 0 .497
Russ Rebholz 1952–1963 126 120 0 .512
John Tierney 1942-1946 34 25 0 .577
Guy Penwell 1930-1942, 1946-1952 186 145 0 .562
Milton Murray 1926-1930 17 40 0 .298
George Downer 1918-1920 15 12 0 .556
Paul Stothart 1917-1918 1 9 0 .100
Barney Anderson 1914-1917;1920-1926 59 76 1 .100
Emmett Angeli 1910-1914 51 17 0 .750
Charles Davies 1908-1910 11 19 0 .367
None 1896-1908 79 46 0 .632


NCAA Division I tournament results[edit]

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

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

NCAA Division II tournament results[edit]

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

Year Round Opponent Result
1960 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Lincoln (MO)
Augustana (IL)
L 92–100
W 109–82
1989 Regional 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[edit]

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

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

NIT results[edit]

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

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

CBI results[edit]

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

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round TCU L 73–83

NCAA Division I ranking history[edit]

The UWM Panthers were ranked in the Top 20 at one point during the 1992-1993 season. The UWM Panthers were also ranked after week 17 in 2005 at #23.

Final AP Poll[edit]

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Final ESPN/USA Today Poll[edit]

Years -


Years Conferences Win-Loss Pct.
1896-1913 Independent N/A N/A
1913-1964 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) N/A N/A
1964–1993 Independent 412-346 .544
1993–1994 Mid-Continent Conference 7-11 .388
1994–present Midwestern Collegiate Conference/Horizon League 173-164 .513

Home arenas[edit]

Years Arena
1956–1977 Baker Fieldhouse
1977–1992 J. Martin Klotsche Center
1992–1998 MECCA Arena
1998–2003 J. Martin Klotsche Center
2003–2012 U.S. Cellular Arena
2012–2013 Klotsche Center
2013-Present UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena

See also[edit]


Basketball Media Guide (history)

External links[edit]