Green Bay (23-5) at Detroit (13-17)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 1, 4 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Calihan Hall (8,295) -- Detroit, Michigan. Television: WADL. Home Record: Green Bay 13-2, Detroit 8-6. Away Record: Green Bay 8-2, Detroit 5-11. Neutral Record: Green Bay 2-1, Detroit 0-0. Conference Record: Green Bay 13-2, Detroit 6-9. Series Record: Detroit leads, 24-22.
GAME NOTES: The Green Bay Phoenix shoot for a fifth straight win this afternoon, as they pay a visit to fellow Horizon League member Detroit at Calihan Hall.
Green Bay, which has won all but two of 15 league bouts to this point in the campaign, left no doubt two nights ago as it wrapped up the regular-season title with a 71-63 victory over Oakland on the road. The team has fallen in just five of 28 games overall this season as it prepares for the Horizon League Tournament.
Meanwhile, the Titans find themselves locked in a three-way tie for sixth place in the standings with both Youngstown State and Oakland entering the weekend, which means there is still final standings to be determined. Detroit has come up short in two straight and three of the last four games, falling to Milwaukee at home on Thursday night, 68-62.
Detroit leads the all-time series by a 24-22 margin, although the Phoenix won the first meeting of the season at home, 62-52, in late January.
Green Bay fell behind by 13 points at the break against the Golden Grizzlies on the road, but turned it all around in the second half by holding the hosts to a mere eight field goals, en route to the eight-point win. Alec Brown led four players in double figures with 18 points, but he also tied Keifer Sykes (16 points, six rebounds, six assists) with six turnovers, as the team fumbled the ball away 20 times. Jordan Fouse and Alfonzo McKinnie pitched in with 16 and 10 points, respectively.
In conference play, the Phoenix are outscoring the competition by 8.9 ppg, thanks in large part to Sykes who is pouring in 20.6 ppg. Outside of his dismal 27.7 percent shooting behind the 3-point line, Sykes is doing everything right as he clears 6.1 rpg and is first in the passing department with 72 assists in 15 games. Brown (16.4 ppg) supplements his scoring with 5.2 rpg and close to three blocks per outing.
The Titans dug themselves a deep hole as they shot just 37.3 percent from the field and 3-of-16 behind the 3-point line, all while allowing visiting Milwaukee to connect on 55.3 percent from the floor, en route to the six-point win on Thursday night. Offensively, Jarod Williams and Evan Bruinsma were the lone double-digit scorers in the contest for Detroit, putting up 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Juwan Howard Jr, who shot only 4-of-13 from the field and finished with nine points in 29 minutes in the loss to the Panthers, continues to be the top scorer overall for the Titans with his 18.3 ppg. Bruinsma accounts for another 12.5 ppg, but after that the offense takes a major hit as Detroit barely stays ahead of the pack with 71.2 ppg, compared to 70.3 ppg for the competition through 30 games.
With the regular season title now tucked away, one might think that Green Bay would take a day off, but finishing strong will send the Phoenix into the league tournament heading in the right direction, so expect that to be the case today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Green Bay 74, Detroit 65
03/01 10:25:30 ET