Team preview: Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
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.