Many experts that look at basketball lines believe that the Panthers can compete for the second spot in the conference behind Butler.
NCAA basketball lines experts know that there is a lot of talent on Wisconsin Milwaukee. It is a matter of head coach Rob Jeter getting them all to play together. The group of returnees is led by a quartet of seniors according to basketball lines experts. Avery Smith (15.5 ppg according to NCAA basketball lines numbers) earned Preseason All-Horizon League First Team honors while Paige Paulsen (11.3 ppg according to NCAA basketball lines statistics) was a preseason second-team honoree. Allan Hanson started 30 of 31 games a season ago according to NCAA basketball lines statistics. He was fourth on the team in scoring (7.7 ppg according to basketball lines numbers).
Marcus Skinner played in all 31 games, starting seven times. A junior and three sophomores round out the list of returnees. Junior Ricky Franklin begins his second year in Milwaukee according to basketball lines experts. He started 23 games and averaged 7.2 points per game a season ago according to NCAA basketball lines statistics. Sophomores Roman Gentry, Charlie Swiggett and Kaylan Anderson will also be looking for playing time according to experts that look at the NCAA basketball lines. Gentry averaged 11 points per game over the final three games of the season according to NCAA basketball lines numbers. Swiggett was in the starting lineup for 12 of the first 17 games of the season before a knee injury ended his year. Anderson played in 25 games last season according to NCAA basketball lines experts.
The newcomers could be very important for the Panthers this season according to basketball lines experts. Oklahoma State transfer Torre Johnson could make a big impact and Tulsa transfer Deion James should also see playing time. St. Mary's (Texas) transfer Joe Allen will be out for the year with a quad tendon tear according to NCAA basketball lines experts. UWM will also have five true freshman on the roster and according to many NCAA basketball lines experts it is the best in the league. Chicago Simeon standouts Tim Flowers and Kevin Johnson are looking for playing time. Flowers has been rated among the top 75 players in the country. Notre Dame Prep's Deonte Roberts will look to make an impact according to NCAA basketball lines experts. Anthony Hill (Milwaukee Bradley Tech) and Brad Carroll (Tempe Corona del Sol) are also on the roster in addition to walk-on returnee Jason Averkamp. The Panthers are picked to finish fourth in the league this season.