Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball
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|Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball|
|University||University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee|
|Head coach||Pat Baldwin (1st season)|
UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena |
Black and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|2003, 2005, 2006, 2014|
|Conference tournament champions|
2003, 2005, 2006, 2014
|Conference regular season champions|
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. They play their home games at UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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. Pearl left after 2005 and the school hired Rob Jeter. 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.
On March 17, 2016, Milwaukee fired head coach Rob Jeter after 11 seasons with the Panthers. On April 7, Milwaukee announced that Michigan assistant coach LaVall Jordan would be the new head coach.
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. 
Division 1 Coaching records
|Guy Penwell||1930–1942, 1946–1952||186||145||0||.562|
|Barney Anderson||1914–1917, 1920–1926||59||76||1||.100|
NCAA Division I tournament results
The Panthers have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament four times. Their combined record is 3–4.
|2003||#12||Round of 64||#5 Notre Dame||L 69–70|
|2005||#12||Round of 64
Round of 32
#4 Boston College
|2006||#11||Round of 64
Round of 32
|2014||#15||Round of 64||#2 Villanova||L 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.
Regional 3rd Place Game
Southeast Missouri State
W 89–88 OT
NCAA Division III tournament results
The Panthers have appeared in the NCAA Division III Tournament one time. Their record is 1–1.
Regional 3rd Place
The Panthers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) two times. Their combined record is 1–2.
|2011||First Round||Northwestern||L 61–70|
The Panthers have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) one time. Their record is 0–1.
|2012||First Round||TCU||L 73–83|
|1913-1964||Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC)||N/A||N/A||51|
|1977–1992||J. Martin Klotsche Center|
|1998–2003||J. Martin Klotsche Center|
|2003–2012||U.S. Cellular Arena|
|2013–present||UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena|
- Brand Standards Manual UWM Brand Identity Program (PDF). August 1, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
- Journal, Jon Masson Wisconsin State. "JUST ONE OPENING AT UW ROB JETER IS DRIVEN TO SUCCEED AT UWM; GARY CLOSE WON'T BE GOING TO EASTERN ILLINOIS". madison.com. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
- "Wisconsin-Milwaukee banned from 2015 postseason due to APR". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
- "Rob Jeter fired as UWM men's basketball coach". www.jsonline.com. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
- Rosiak, Todd (7 April 2016). "Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan to coach UWM basketball". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- "Milwaukee's Wild Postseason Ride Ends In Title Game". Milwaukee Athletics. Retrieved 2017-06-06.