Drake (1-0) at Detroit (1-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 17, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Calihan Hall (8,295) -- Detroit, Michigan. Television: None. Home Record: Drake 1-0, Detroit 1-0. Away Record: Drake 0-0, Detroit 0-1. Neutral Record: Drake 0-0, Detroit 0-0. Conference Record: Drake 0-0, Detroit 0-0. Series Record: Drake leads, 11-9.
GAME NOTES: The Drake Bulldogs return to the hardwood to take on the Detroit Titans in a non-league tilt at Calihan Hall.
Drake has been idle since opening its season with a 96-66 rout of William Jewell. The Bulldogs, who return four of five starters from last year's squad, will head to Anaheim for three games next week as part of the DirectTV Classic.
After opening its season with an 88-53 win over Northern Michigan last Friday, Detroit suffered a 77-74 setback at St. John's this past Tuesday. The reigning Horizon League champion Titans will hit the road for three straight following tonight's contest.
The last time these teams met, Drake notched an 84-76 win over the Titans in a 2011 Bracketbusters matchup in Des Moines. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series, 11-9.
Drake used some super-efficient long-range shooting to take down William Jewell, hitting 15-of-24 attempts (.625) from beyond the arc. At one point in the second half, the Bulldogs hit 12-of-15 from 3-point range. Ben Simons led all scorers with 25 points, 18 of which came in that decisive second half. He shot a healthy 5-of-7 from the perimeter in 28 minutes of floor time. Richard Carter buried a perfect 4-of-4 3-pointers en route to 19 points. All told, the 15 threes tied the sixth-best single-game performance in school history. Defensively, the Bulldogs held William Jewell to 35-percent shooting from the floor and 2-of-15 from deep. In his postgame remarks, head coach Mark Phelps said he was pleased to get the first win out of the way, but cautioned his team has plenty of work to do as the competition heats up.
Detroit is led by junior First-Team All-Horizon League guard Ray McCallum. Through two games, McCallum is averaging 21.5 points and 5.0 assists. Doug Anderson has taken care of business down low as he checks in with 16.5 ppg and a team-best 9.0 rebounds per tilt. Jason Calliste (13.0 ppg) and Juwan Howard, Jr. (11.0 ppg) round out the double-digit scorers. Calliste knocked down a team-best 56 3-pointers last season, while Howard, the son of former Michigan Fab Five member and NBA star Juwan, took a redshirt last year after transferring from Western Michigan. The Titans put up a good fight against St. John's in the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, only to come up short in the final seconds. McCallum made a layup with two seconds remaining to cut the deficit to three. He then tipped the inbounds pass to Howard, who had a good look at a three-pointer at the buzzer but could not get it to fall.
The Bulldogs will be hard-pressed to match last Saturday's long-range shooting performance. However, if Calliste and the Titans end up turning the game into a three-point shooting contest, the advantage goes to Drake.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drake 77, Detroit 73
11/17 10:33:32 ET