15-16 overall, 8-8 conference, 4th Horizon
Against the spread
14-14-1 (7-6 home, 5-6-1 away)
14-15 (6-7 home, 6-6 away)
2005 Season Summary
The Wisconsin Green Bay Phoenix finished the 2004-05 season with a record of 17-11 straight up and just 12-13 against the spread. Wisconsin Green Bay had a profitable season in hand with a mark of 12-9 against the spread before they failed to cover their final four games on the board for the year to end up in the red.
Those four consecutive pointspread failures were also straight up losses, which came at the worst possible time as it likely cost the Phoenix a shot at the NIT.
Wisconsin Green Bay got off to a deceptive start with a 71-48 win over North Carolina Greensboro as a 3.5-point neutral court chalk for a quick buck turned to start the year.
Reality quickly set in
In their next game, however, Wisconsin Green Bay was clobbered at Washington 54-87 as a whopping 25-point dog as reality quickly set in. A team that cannot cover a big number like that is likely in for problems, which was confirmed by Wisconsin Green Bay with a 54-80 loss to Miami-Florida as 11.5-point dogs. That was followed by a 62-67 loss at Central Michigan as 1-point chalks for a third straight loss against the spread.
After an unlined home win over North Dakota State the Phoenix next lost at Illinois State 51-59 as 8-point dogs for a push. That was followed by a 62-82 blowout loss at Wisconsin in which the Phoenix were able to cover the whopping 21-point line for their first payoff in five games against the pointspread.
Unfortunately, Wisconsin Green Bay was unable to sustain success as they lost to Montana State 75-73 as 3-point chalks. That was followed by a 73-69 home win over Eastern Michigan as 4.5-point chalks.
The red ink continued to gush with a 60-80 blowout loss at rival Wisconsin Milwaukee, who was a 16.5-point chalk, an unusually large number for a Horizon League matchup. That was then followed by a 69-98 home loss to Michigan State as 14-point dogs for their eighth failure to get the cash in nine games on the board.
Unwanted bargain values
Wisconsin Green Bay next scored an unlined home win over Northern Michigan, 106-58 as they took out their ever increasing frustrations on one of the few opponents that they could actually overwhelm.
At this point Wisconsin Green Bay was one of the most unappealing teams on the college basketball betting boards, which would serve to transform them into unwanted bargain values.
The turnaround against the board began with a 77-65 home win over UC Irvine as 2-point dogs. That was followed by a 57-60 overtime loss at Detroit as 9.5-point dogs.
A brief dip followed as the Phoenix were clobbered at Youngstown State 70-95 as 5.5-point dogs but they got back on track with a 90-84 overtime home win over Illinois-Chicago as 2.5-point dogs. The profits continued with a nice 84-77 revenge home win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee as 10.5-point dogs. No letdown followed as Wisconsin Green Bay scored a 57-44 home win over Wright State as 1-point chalks for a fifth payoff in six games against the board.
Back and forth
It was basically back and forth the rest of the way for Wisconsin Green Bay as the hot streak ended with a 63-66 home loss to Cleveland State as 4.5-point chalks. That was followed by a 72-66 win at Loyola Chicago as 10-point dogs and then a 68-81loss at Illinois Chicago as 6.5-point dogs.
Wisconsin Green Bay would cover five of their final eight games of the regular season and then go 1-1 both SU & ATS in the Horizon League tournament.