Panthers play in Horizon League semifinals tonight on ESPN2

The UWM men’s basketball team is in Indianapolis, ready to play for a chance to make the NCAA tournament.

UWM takes on Cleveland State at 8:30 p.m. today in the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. That game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN+.

UWM’s Elijah Jamison looks for an opening in the regular season finale against Cleveland State Feb. 25. (UWM Photo/Kyle Bursaw)

The winner of that game will take on the winner of the 6 p.m. semifinal pitting Youngstown State vs. Northern Kentucky. The final, which will be broadcast on ESPN, will be played at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. UWM last made the NCAA tournament in 2014.

UWM is offering students a free ride on a fan bus to the finals, if the Panthers make it there. The bus will leave Milwaukee at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and return immediately after the game. (Note: As of Monday afternoon, the bus is full.)

Milwaukee swept Cleveland State in the regular season, winning 68-64 on the road and 81-72 at home in the final game of the regular season.

It’s been a turnaround season for UWM under first-year coach Bart Lundy. The Panthers secured the No. 2 seed in the Horizon tournament with a 21-10 record as the runner-up to regular-season conference champion Youngstown State. UWM beat Wright State, 87-70, at the Klotsche Center on Saturday in a Horizon League tournament quarterfinal.

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