Team preview: Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 20, 2004, 5:40 PM ET
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COACH AND PROGRAM

Sixty wins in three years. Do the math and that means Bruce Pearl's tenure at Wisconsin-Milwaukee is clicking along at one of those magic numbers in college basketball -- 20 wins a year.

The Panthers won the Horizon League regular season last winter with their second consecutive 13-3 league campaign. They barely missed the daily double, losing the conference tournament in Milwaukee against Illinois-Chicago, 65-62, when Ed McCants' three-point shot to force overtime kicked off the rim.

As much as Pearl would like to have won that game and gone to a second consecutive NCAA Tournament, he has no beef with McCants or his team. McCants, a junior-college transfer, was the Horizon Newcomer of the Year -- a complement to league player of the year Dylan Page -- and the Panthers still had a championship season despite losing a posse of veterans from the previous year.

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