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DATE & TIME: Friday, January 24, 8 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: U.S. Cellular Arena (10,783), Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Television: None. Home Record: Detroit 6-4, Milwaukee 4-3. Away Record: Detroit 2-8, Milwaukee 6-4. Neutral Record: Detroit 0-0, Milwaukee 3-1. Conference Record: Detroit 1-4, Milwaukee 3-4. Series Record: Milwaukee leads, 21-19.
GAME NOTES: The Detroit Titans try to put an end to a four-game slide tonight, as they collide with fellow Horizon League member, Milwaukee, at U.S. Cellular Arena.
Now next-to-last in the Horizon League standings with just a single win in five chances, the Titans have been out of action since last weekend when they bowed to Youngstown State on the road in a 77-63 final. The team is now just 2-8 in true road games in 2013-14 and has a date with the Green Bay Phoenix in Wisconsin in two days as well.
After one of their strongest non-conference efforts in some time, the Panthers have struggled during the league portion of the schedule, coming up with only three wins in seven chances. The squad was in action three nights ago at Wright State and was turned away by the Raiders in a 73-57 decision. The loss was the second in a row, and the third in four games for the program.
The Panthers, who own a 21-19 advantage in the all-time series, are set to close out their regular season with a trip to Calihan Hall in late February to battle Detroit.
Down by just two points at the break against Youngstown State, the Titans then shot only 1-of-9 behind the 3-point line over the final 20 minutes, compared to 7-of-11 for the Penguins. Juwan Howard Jr. tallied a team-best 20 points and also pulled down six rebounds for Detroit, followed by Evan Bruinsma with 15 points, while the other three starters combined to add just 12 points.
Sporting just six players who are scoring at least five points per game at the moment, the Titans are led by Howard Jr. with his 17.8 ppg as he shoots 40.8 percent from the field. He is second on the unit with 33 3-point baskets and is third on the glass with 5.7 rpg, trailing Bruinsma who complements his 12.2 ppg with a team-best 7.7 rpg.
The Panthers fell behind immediately on Tuesday night, converting a woeful 6- of-24 from the floor through the first half and never recovered in the 16- point loss at Wright State. Kyle Kelm managed to come away with 16 points and six rebounds, both of which were team highs, while Jordan Aaron tacked on 15 points, and Thierno Niang tried to lend a hand off the bench with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field.
Aaron is currently second on the team in scoring with his 13.5 ppg, not too far off the pace set by Matt Tiby with 14.2 ppg. Tiby makes an effort to remain close to the rim at both ends of the floor in order to clear a team- best 6.6 rpg, but that's not the case for Aaron who has taken more shots (126) and made more (44) out on the perimeter than anyone else on the roster.
For most teams, playing at home would give them a distinct advantage, but as it stands the Panthers have won only once in three dates in their own building versus conference foes, a fact that could give the Titans some hope tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Milwaukee 72, Detroit 67
01/24 10:33:18 ET
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