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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 5, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Calihan Hall (5,700) -- Detroit, Michigan. Television: None. Home Record: Toledo 1-0, Detroit 2-0. Away Record: Toledo 0-5, Detroit 0-4. Neutral Record: Toledo 1-0, Detroit 0-0. Conference Record: Toledo 0-0, Detroit 0-0. Series Record: Toledo leads, 30-22.
GAME NOTES: The Toledo Rockets continue a three-game road swing as they make the trip to the Motor City to take on the Detroit Titans in non-conference action at Calihan Hall.
Toledo has dropped two of its last three games and got its current road trip off on the wrong foot with a 78-73 setback at Cleveland State last weekend. With the loss, the Rockets are now just 2-5 on the young season.
The Titans haven't fared much better at just 2-4, and return home after their own three-game road swing resulted in three losses to Miami-Florida (77-62), Bowling Green (70-65) and most recently, Pittsburgh (74-61).
The Rockets lead the all-time series 30-22 and won the last match up 73-63 back on December 19th, 2007.
Matt Smith broke open and led Toledo in scoring against Cleveland State with 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting, but it wasn't enough, as the Rockets dropped a five-point decision at Cleveland State. The team lost despite shooting 52.1 percent from the field, as the Vikings came in slightly higher at 52.9 percent. Toledo led for almost the entire game before costly turnovers down the stretch turned the tide in the Vikings' favor. Smith got plenty of offensive support in the loss, as Reese Holliday came off the bench to net 16 points. Nathan Boothe and Rian Pearson had strong outings as well, adding 15 and 13 points, respectively.
The Rockets are averaging 69.7 ppg on 41.7 percent shooting from the field. this season. Pearson (18.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg) has been the go-to-guy at the offensive end. Julius Brown (14.9 ppg) is a viable second option. Limited scoring depth is found behind those two, in Holliday (9.1 ppg), Dominique Buckley (8.6 ppg) and Boothe (8.0 ppg).
Detroit struggled to find its range in the loss to Pittsburgh, shooting just 38.8 percent from the field. The poor shooting is becoming the norm, as it marks the third consecutive game below 40 percent. All-American candidate Ray McCallum still put up big numbers, finishing the game with 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists (all team-highs). Evan Bruinsma added 14 points off the bench for Detroit, while Jason Caliste chipped in with 12.
The Titans are averaging 72.5 ppg, but are now shooting a mediocre .402 from the field. Still, there is some scoring depth, as four of the five starters are averaging double figures. McCallum is the straw that stirs the drink though, averaging a hefty 21.2 ppg, while also serving as the team's top distributor (3.7 apg). Doug Anderson (12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg) is a distant second in the scoring column while pacing the team on the boards. Nick Minnerath (11.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg), and Calliste (11.0 ppg) round out the top scorers.
Detroit has played well at home thus far, while Toledo is winless in five road games. The Titans should find the necessary spark to win this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Detroit 75, Toledo 69
12/05 10:33:33 ET
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