FACTS & STATS: Site: Klotsche Center (3,400) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Television: Sports32. Home Record: Detroit 11-2, Milwaukee 5-5. Away Record:
Detroit 4-6, Milwaukee 0-11. Neutral Record: Detroit 0-0, Milwaukee 0-2.
Conference Record: Detroit 7-3, Milwaukee 1-8. Series Record: Milwaukee leads,
GAME NOTES: A couple of Horizon League programs moving in vastly different
directions get together on Thursday night, as the Detroit Titans pay a visit
to the Milwaukee Panthers at the Klotsche Center.
The Titans entered play this week just one game out of first in the Horizon
League standings with a record of 7-3, trailing only Valparaiso which is 8-2.
Detroit last played last Friday night versus Youngstown State at home and
captured an 88-77 victory. The win was the third in a row, and the fourth in
five tries for the group overall.
As for the Panthers, their season continues to spiral out of control. All
alone in last place in the standings with a record of 1-8, the Panthers are
also the only team in the conference that is playing under .500 on the season
overall. Last Friday, the squad was crushed by Valpo on the road in a 71-40
final, the team's fifth straight loss and the eighth in the last nine outings
The good news for Milwaukee, if there is such a thing this season, is that the
team has split its 10 home dates, so at least the Panthers can find some
comfort in playing in front of their own fans. Milwaukee also still leads the
all-time series with the Titans by a count of 21-18, even after losing the
first meeting of the season early last month at Calihan Hall, 74-59.
Even though the Penguins were allowed to score 77 points last week on the road
at Calihan Hall, the defense for Detroit was still a factor as it limited the
visitors to 33.3 percent accuracy beyond the arc and forced a total of 20
turnovers, which the Titans then traded in for 23 points. Nick Minnerath
produced 27 points for the hosts, followed by Ray McCallum with 23 and six
assists, while Jason Calliste and Doug Anderson responded with 16 and 11
points, respectively, as well as a combined 13 rebounds. All five starters for
the Titans are scoring in double figures at the moment, as the team generates
a hefty 79.0 ppg. McCallum is responsible for 18.6 ppg and is also good for
close to five rebounds and just as many assists per game which makes him one
of the most dangerous players in the league. Minnerath (14.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg)
could stand to be a bit more unselfish at times, but for now his approach is
working for Detroit.
Jordan Aaron ended up with a game-high 17 points for the Panthers in their
meeting against the Crusaders last week, but he shot only 5-of-16 from the
field as the entire team slumped to a miserable 27.3 percent overall. Aaron
did make good on 2-of-5 attempts behind the 3-point line, but that just means
everyone else combined to miss seven chances on the perimeter. Milwaukee may
have had a chance to make things interesting even though it made just six
field goals in each half, but the team allowed Valpo to open the second half
on an 11-0 run and that was all it took. Shooting under 30 percent from the
field three times this season, the Panthers are hitting on only 37.5 percent
at the moment as both Aaron (14.6 ppg) and Paris Gulley (14.1 ppg) come in
below 37.0 percent. Having Aaron on the floor is crucial though, because he's
the one who handles much of the passing duties with his 92 assists, with no
one else having even 25 dishes through 23 games.
The Panthers just don't have it in them to put up a stand against a team like
Detroit, which has so much to play for with only a few weeks remaining in the
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Detroit 78, Milwaukee 59