Cleveland State (12-13) at Detroit (16-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 12, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Calihan Hall (8,295) -- Detroit, Michigan. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: CSU 8-3, Detroit 11-2. Away Record: CSU 2-10, Detroit 5-7. Neutral Record: CSU 2-0, Detroit 0-0. Conference Record: CSU 4-7, Detroit 8-4. Series Record: Detroit leads, 36-18.
GAME NOTES: A safe haven for the Detroit Titans again this season, the team opens the doors to Calihan Hall on Tuesday night to entertain the Cleveland State Vikings in Horizon League action.
Of the 16 wins for the Titans this season, all but five have come at home. The team had been riding a four-game win streak heading into last weekend's meeting with Green Bay, but the Titans were tripped up by the Phoenix in a 68-59 final at the Resch Center, which means Detroit is now 8-4 in league action.
As for the Vikings, they too were in action on Saturday and experienced a similar outcome in their matchup with conference-leading Valparaiso at home, bowing to the Crusaders in an 80-72 final. The setback snapped what had been a two-game win streak for the program and dropped CSU to 4-7 in conference play.
In terms of the all-time series between these two programs, Detroit owns a 36-18 advantage over CSU, even though it was the Vikings who won the first meeting of the season last month at home, 72-64. Unfortunately for Cleveland State, the team has won a total of just three times in 25 chances in the Motor City.
Bryn Forbes gave the Vikings a fighting chance in their battle against the Crusaders on Saturday, posting a game-high 24 points as he shot not only 8- of-10 from the floor, but also a perfect 4-of-4 behind the three-point line in the eight-point loss. Marlin Mason accounted for 16 points and Tim Kamczyc 10 to go along with his eight rebounds for the hosts, as they won the rebounding battle, 33-20, but finished with 17 turnovers.
The Vikings have played a total of 11 conference games and in only three of those have they managed to score at least 70 points, which is why they are averaging a disappointing 61.2 ppg in such outings at the moment. Forbes checks in with 15.4 ppg, having made both 42.4 percent of his long-range shots, but also 29-of-32 at the free-throw line.
Against Green Bay over the weekend, the Titans led by as many as seven points seven minutes into the first half, but after eight ties and nine lead changes Detroit found itself on the short end of a nine-point decision. Ray McCallum did more than his share to keep the visitors competitive as he tallied a game- high 30 points, hitting on 12-of-19 shots from the floor as he also recorded five rebounds and four steals. Jason Calliste tacked on 14 points as he hit 3- of-7 beyond the arc.
Playing almost 36 minutes per contest, it only makes sense that McCallum is the top scorer for the Titans, now with 18.9 ppg. But more than just a scorer, McCallum is also responsible for nearly five rebounds, a team-best 4.5 assists and 46 steals making him indispensable. Calliste checks in with 14.0 ppg and Nick Minnerath another 13.8 ppg to go with a team-high 5.8 rpg for a squad that is averaging more than 78 ppg.
With revenge as a motivating factor, as well as playing at home where they are tough to beat, the Titans should have everything working in their favor for this meeting.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Detroit 77, Cleveland State 66
02/12 10:30:57 ET