Milwaukee (15-10) at Detroit (13-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, February 10th, 7:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Calihan Hall (8,295) -- Detroit, Michigan. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Milwaukee 10-3, Detroit 9-4. Away Record: Milwaukee 5-7, Detroit 3-7. Neutral Record: Milwaukee 0-0, Detroit 1-1. Conference Record: Milwaukee 8-5, Detroit 7-6. Series Record: Milwaukee leads, 21-16.
GAME NOTES: The Detroit Titans open a two-game homestand tonight as they entertain the Milwaukee Panthers in Horizon League action at Calihan Hall.
Detroit has won four of its last five outings, the lone loss during the stretch coming against Valparaiso eight days ago in a 78-73 final on the road. More recently, the team clashed with Butler last weekend and pulled out a 65-61 victory in order to move to 7-6 in conference play.
As for the Panthers, who are on the road for five of their seven games this month, they snapped a two-game slide last Saturday with an 81-75 triumph over Green Bay at the Resch Center. Two days from now, Milwaukee will finish off a three-game trip with a stop at Wright State before heading home to host Cleveland State and Fairfield in the final regular-season home dates on the schedule.
Milwaukee leads the all-time series with Detroit by a count of 21-16, thanks in part to an 84-74 win at home last month in the first matchup of the season.
Paris Gulley led four players in double figures as he delivered 20 points, shooting 6-of-7 behind the three-point line for the Panthers as they captured the win over Green Bay on the road. Kaylon Williams accounted for 16 points and eight assists for the program, followed by Kyle Kelm with 14 points and seven boards in a reserve role as the team shot 12-of-23 beyond the arc in order to overcome 15 turnovers. Points have been hard to come by when the Panthers take the floor, the team producing 63.5 ppg and giving up a mere 60.5 ppg this season. One of the top perimeter defenses in the nation, Milwaukee has held the opposition to just 26.7 percent success beyond the arc through 25 games. Williams, who has led the team in scoring seven times this season, puts up 11.4 ppg, followed by James Haarsma with 10.5 ppg, the pair combining for more than 11 rebounds per contest as well.
Against Butler last weekend, the Detroit defense turned up the heat and held the Bulldogs to a mere six field goals in the first half and 35.3 percent shooting from the floor overall, not to mention just 4-of-19 behind the three- point line while also forcing 18 turnovers by the hosts at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Ray McCallum scored a game-high 20 points for the Titans, followed by Eli Holman with 13 points, seven boards, three blocks and three steals off the bench, while Chase Simon tacked on 11 points and four assists for the group. McCallum is at the top of the scoring list for the Titans with his 15.7 ppg, but aside from just putting the ball in the basket, he is also first on the team in both assists (96) and steals (36), and is one of the better rebounders with close to five caroms per contest. Simon checks in with 13.8 ppg and is second on the unit with 32 three-point baskets, but his mere 29.6 percent accuracy out on the perimeter is indicative of the entire team's woes (.288) from downtown thus far.
Calihan Hall tends to be a tough place for visiting teams, especially those in the Horizon League who are familiar to the crowds. Milwaukee may be the better team in this instance, but the Titans are not going to make it easy for them.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Milwaukee 66, Detroit 63
02/10 10:31:12 ET