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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 24, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: BankUnited Center (8,000) -- Coral Gables, Florida. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Detroit 2-0, Miami 2-0. Away Record: Detroit 0-1, Miami 0-1. Neutral Record: Detroit 0-0, Miami 0-0. Conference Record: Detroit 0-0, Miami 0-0. Series Record: Miami-Florida leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Detroit Titans hit the road for three straight games, starting with Saturday's clash with the Miami Hurricanes at the BankUnited Center.
Ray McCallum's Titans have won both their games at home this season, besting Northern Michigan (88-53) and Drake (85-79), sandwiched around a loss at St. John's (77-74).
John Larranaga's Hurricanes are sporting an identical 2-1 record through the first three games, and like Detroit, has won two home games and lost one road game. Miami has knocked off Stetson (87-79) and Jacksonville (73-57) in Coral Gables, while suffering a stunning loss at Florida Gulf Coast (63-51) in between.
Miami won the only other meeting in this series, registering a 68-64 victory in the 1999 San Juan Shootout.
Doug Anderson led the way for Detroit in the win over Drake, recording a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds. All-American candidate Ray McCallum wasn't far behind, pouring in 20 points, while Nick Minnerath just missed his own double-double with 16 points and nine boards. Drake kept things close by shooting 49.1 percent from the floor overall, but the Titans were able to force 18 turnovers in the game.
McCallum and Anderson have been a dominant pair in the early stages of the season, scoring both inside and out. McCallum is shooting .489 from the field and leads the team with 21.0 ppg. Anderson is converting an even better 53.2 percent from the floor and is averaging 19.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Jason Calliste and Juwan Howard Jr. provide solid complements at the offensive end with 11.7 and 10.0 ppg, respectively.
The Hurricanes showed their offensive firepower in the win over Jacksonville last time out, converting 59.0 percent from the floor, including a sizzling 62.5 percent in the second half to run away from the Dolphins. Shane Larkin was 9-of-13 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line to lead all scorers with 27 points. Julian Gamble added 13 points in the win, while Trey McKinney Jones chipped in with 11.
Miami isn't putting up huge numbers at the offensive end, at a modest 70.3 ppg, but the Hurricanes do possess a balanced attack, with four players currently averaging double figures. Larkin has shot the ball extremely well thus far at .576 overall and .412 from 3-point range to pace the team with 18.0 ppg. Reggie Johnson has been a force down low with a double-double average of 14.0 points and 10.3 rebounds in the two games he has played. McKinney Jones (11.0 ppg) and Kenny Kadji (10.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg) round out the top threats.
This is an interesting matchup, as Detroit possesses star power in McCallum and Anderson, while Miami is going to tighten things up and make the Titans earn every point.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Detroit 73, Miami-Florida 71
11/24 10:30:50 ET
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