Eight things to know about the Herd after week 1

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As Oshkosh gets ready to host their first professional basketball game in a long time, we’ve got a list of five things you need to know about the Herd:

1. The Herd’s opening home game on Friday, Nov. 17 is being played in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center, current home of the Milwaukee Bucks.  The Bradley Center is a huge venue, and the franchise is looking to get some fans there.  They are offering free tickets to the game.  Just visit HERE and obtain your tickets.  You’ll also be entered for a drawing for December tickets to the Herd at the Menominee Nation Arena.

2. The December 1, 2017 Oshkosh Home Opener for the Herd is going to be a packed house.  There is a good chance this approaches a sell out, so if you haven’t already purchased your tickets, you’ll want to get on that.  Until this week, buying single game tickets was not the easiest to find – a link is now live on the Herd site for this, and you can go straight to TicketStar here.  Tickets range from $10 to $33 plus fees.  .

3. Xavier Munford had a good week.  The 6-3 guard was awarded NBA G League player of the week and was announced as a member of the 12-player USA World Cup team.  Munford scored a last second game winner in the season opener, and has put up a team-leading 25 points per game while shooting 50% from the floor and an incredible 70% from 3-point range.  He’s also added 5.3 assists and 5 boards per game.

4. The Herd is 3-1, having completed a successful first road trip in franchise history.  Not a bad start.  After the opening week, no NBA G-League team is undefeated.

5. Menominee Nation Arena owner Greg Pierce is the Herd’s #1 fan, making the trip all across the country to see each of the Herd’s first four games.  You can guarantee he’ll be in Milwaukee this Friday.  You’ll be able to learn all about Mr. Pierce in the upcoming Oshkosh Independent Magazine, due out in under a week!

6. The Herd – and much of the NBA G League – is prone to large volumes of turnovers.  The Herd currently sits at 20 turnovers per game, which is nearly a turnover every two minutes of play.  Granted the season is young and the team is new.  For some used to watching the deliberate and careful style of Wisconsin Badger ball, this may be a challenge.

7. The Herd have resigned former UW Badger Vitto Brown.  Brown was one of the last players waived before the start of the season, but has rejoined the team and logged nearly 20 minutes in their last game.

8. The Herd have hinted that they’ll be introducing Wisconsin to their new mascot this week in time for their home opener.  If they happen to choose a 3-headed deer, that would be pretty awesome, and fearful.

See more about the Herd here.

Update 11/16/17:

The Wisconsin Herd, the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, added NBA veteran Shannon Brown to its roster while Xavier Munford plays for Team USA during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.

Brown (6-4, 210), brings nine years of NBA experience with eight teams, including the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. He won two NBA Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers (2009, 2010).

Brown has appeared in 409 games averaging 7.6 points and 1.9 rebounds over 17.9 minutes. He is the older brother of Sterling Brown, the Milwaukee Bucks’ rookie guard.

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Justin R. Mitchell

Justin is the founding editor of the Oshkosh Independent.

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