Detroit (9-12) at Green Bay (16-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 26, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Resch Center (9,729) -- Green Bay, Wisconsin. Television: None. Home Record: Detroit 6-4, Green Bay 9-1. Away Record: Detroit 3-8, Green Bay 5-1. Neutral Record: Detroit 0-0, Green Bay 2-1. Conference Record: Detroit 2-4, Green Bay 6-0. Series Record: Detroit leads, 24-21.
GAME NOTES: Green Bay tries to remain perfect in Horizon League play this afternoon, as the Phoenix clash with the Detroit Titans at the Resch Center.
Not only is Green Bay all alone at the top of the Horizon standings with a record of 6-0, the team is also trying to extend its current win streak to 12 in a row following an 83-69 victory versus Oakland four nights ago at home. The Phoenix have won a total of 13 times in the last 14 outings, the only setback coming against Eastern Michigan the second week of December.
Meanwhile, the Titans are coming off a 73-54 triumph versus Milwaukee on Friday night in Wisconsin. The win snapped a four-game slide and was just the second in six dates versus league foes.
Detroit leads the all-time series by a 24-21 margin, although Green Bay has posted a 13-8 record at home.
The defense for the Titans clamped down on Milwaukee, holding the Panthers to just 31.0 percent shooting from the field, including 4-of-21 behind the 3- point line. On offense, Detroit was paced by Juwan Howard Jr. who tallied a game-high 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds, his efforts on the glass coming up two shy of Evan Bruinsma who accounted for just seven points on 2- of-8 shooting. Jarod Williams and Matthew Grant pitched in 16 and 12 points, respectively.
As one would expect, the top scorers for the Titans at the moment are the ones who have started every game. Howard checks in with 18.0 ppg and is also one of the better rebounders (5.8 rpg) and passers (48) on the unit, while Bruinsma comes in with 11.9 ppg to his credit, not to mention a team-high 7.8 rpg. As a group, Detroit is producing 72.4 ppg at the moment, giving up 70.5 ppg coming into the weekend.
Keifer Sykes delivered 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Phoenix as they took down the Golden Grizzlies at home by double figures. Also scoring in double figures for the hosts were Carrington Love with 17 points, shooting 5-of-6 from the field off the bench, followed by Alec Brown with 15 points, but he converted just 5-of-14 from the floor, including 1-of-5 beyond the arc.
Brown, who also blocked three shots and has at least one rejection in every game this season, is second on the team in scoring during conference play with his 19.7 ppg, adding 5.7 rpg. Coming in ahead of Brown in the scoring department is Sykes with his 23.2 ppg, stemming from 42.9 percent shooting beyond the arc. As a team, Green Bay is hitting field goals at a 52.3 percent clip versus the rest of the Horizon.
Enjoying their longest winning streak since the 1995-96 campaign, unless Detroit has something to spring on the Phoenix from out of nowhere, this is yet another game that should fall in favor of Green Bay.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Green Bay 77, Detroit 62
01/26 10:36:37 ET