Senior forward Kyle Kelm had a double-double and Milwaukee's front line dominated, and the Panthers led the whole way during a 69-63 victory over Wright State on Tuesday night for the Horizon League tournament title.
Milwaukee (21-13) is back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006, when the Panthers knocked off Oklahoma in the first round before losing to Florida.
They're 3-3 all-time in the tournament.
Kelm, a native of Randolph, Wis., had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Jordan Aaron scored 18 points as Milwaukee went 9 of 18 from beyond the arc against the league's top defense and had a 35-28 edge in rebounds.
Former Edgewood star Austin Arians added 12 points for the Panthers.
Rob Jeter, who played for Bo Ryan at UW-Platteville and was an assistant coach for Ryan at Wisconsin, is the head coach at Milwaukee.
Wright State (20-14) has a season-high six-game winning streak snapped.
The Raiders were trying to get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007.