Detroit (16-8) at Green Bay (12-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 9, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Resch Center (9,729) -- Green Bay, Wisconsin. Television: HLN. Home Record: Detroit 11-2, Green Bay 9-2. Away Record: Detroit 5-6, Green Bay 2-9. Neutral Record: Detroit 0-0, Green Bay 1-1. Conference Record: Detroit 8-3, Green Bay 6-5. Series Record: Detroit leads, 24-20.
GAME NOTES: Coming off their first overtime affair of the season, the Green Bay Phoenix hope to keep their Horizon League meeting against the Detroit Titans to just 40 minutes when the two teams clash on Saturday afternoon.
Not only did Green Bay go to overtime on Thursday night against Wright State, the team had to endure a pair of extra sessions before being sent to the loss column, 70-68. The defeat was the second in the last three outings for the program and dropped the Phoenix to 6-5 in conference play which means they enter the weekend tied with Youngstown State for fourth place in the standings.
Further up the list is a Detroit squad that has posted eight wins in 11 league bouts, thanks to an 82-74 win over Milwaukee on the road two nights ago. The victory was the fourth in a row and the fifth in six tries for a Titans group that is second in the standings behind only Valparaiso.
Detroit now leads the all-time series between the teams by a 24-20 margin, thanks to an 84-76 win in the first meeting of the season last month at Calihan Hall. Ray McCallum led five in double figures with 26 points as the Titans shot a staggering 38-of-42 at the free-throw line, compared to just 14- of-19 for Green Bay.
Winners of three straight on the road for the first time in three seasons, the Titans followed the lead set by Jason Calliste who tallied 22 points as he shot 5-of-9 beyond the arc on Thursday at the Klotsche Center. Nick Minnerath accounted for 18 points and eight rebounds, followed by Doug Anderson and Ray McCallum with 16 points apiece as the team shot a collective 52.5 percent from the floor. One of the more aggressive offensive teams in the nation these days, Detroit is putting up 79.1 ppg thanks to McCallum who is pouring in 18.5 ppg. Playing close to 36 minutes per game, McCallum is also responsible for 4.8 rpg and 4.6 apg, making him one of the most well-rounded performers in the conference for sure.
Despite shooting just 35.7 percent from the field and suffering 24 turnovers, Green Bay still managed to play an additional two, five-minute periods two nights ago before suffering the narrow loss versus Wright State at home. Alec Brown was responsible for 17 points, although he shot just 4-of-12 from the floor and turned the ball over seven times, followed by Keifer Sykes and Cole Stefan with 16 and 11 points, respectively, the former hitting just 3-of-13 from the field. One of three players scoring in double figures at the moment, Sykes is posting 14.8 ppg for the program, but it might be his passing (99 assists) that makes him such an important factor in most outings. Brown (13.2 ppg) checks in with 6.2 rpg in an effort to give Green Bay a solid presence on the glass.
Green Bay is not only overmatched in this meeting, the Phoenix are probably going to be a bit sluggish after such a disappointing and hard-luck loss two nights ago versus Wright State as well.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Detroit 83, Green Bay 70
02/09 10:44:01 ET