Wright State (20-11) vs. Detroit (20-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 9, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000)-- Valparaiso,
Indiana. Television: None. Home Record: Wright State 10-4, Detroit 13-2. Away
Record: Wright State 9-6, Detroit 7-9. Neutral Record: Wright State 0-0,
Detroit 7-9. Conference Record: Wright State 13-3, Detroit 12-4. Series
Record: Detroit leads, 24-21.
GAME NOTES: After recently being named the Horizon League Player of the Year,
Ray McCallum looks to lead the Detroit Titans to consecutive conference
tournament titles as they take on the No. 3-seeded Wright State Raiders in the
semifinal round at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
McCallum was deemed the top player in the league after pacing the Titans in
scoring (19.2 ppg), assists (4.7 apg) and steals (1.8 spg). Detroit finished
second in the league standings, behind Valparaiso, and registered some
impressive victories over Akron, Canisius and the top-seeded Crusaders. With
their star point guard leading the way, the Titans average 78.9 ppg, the sixth
most among Division I programs.
Detroit closed out its regular season with a 79-67 victory over Illinois-
Chicago in the Windy City. Doug Anderson had 22 points and nine rebounds,
McCallum scored 20 points and Jason Calliste contributed 18 points and 10
assists in the decision. This squad has what it takes to repeat not only
because of McCallum, but also due to its senior leadership. Anderson and Nick
Minnerath have combined to average 27.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
Together the two Titan seniors are responsible for 34 percent of the scoring
and 32 percent of the rebounding for the team.
The Titans and Raiders have met 45 times with Detroit owning a 24-21 lead in
the all-time series. These teams split their regular season series, by winning
other on each other's home courts. The Raiders won the first game this season,
64-62, at Calihan Hall, before the Titans responded with an 83-76 decision at
the Nutter Center. Detroit and Wright State have met seven times in the
Horizon League Tournament with the Titans owning a 4-3 edge.
Wright State was picked to finish last in the HL preseason polls, but Billy
Donlon's squad took offense to those predictions, as they enter Saturday with
a 20-11 overall record, which included a solid 10-6 mark in-conference. Wright
State punched its ticket to the semifinals on Friday with a 66-59 win over
Youngstown State, marking its second-straight victory.
Miles Dixon came off the bench to pace four teammates in double figures with
14 points in the second round. Also getting into the mix, A.J. Pacher and
Jerran Young scored 13 points apiece while A.J. Pacher tallied 11 points.
Wright State came out victorious despite getting outscored in the paint,
32-24, and outrebounded, 33-31. A championship run is going to be difficult
for the Raiders to accomplish considering their leading scorer Cole Darling is
still unavailable due to a foot injury.
All signs point to a rematch between Detroit and Valpo for the title. McCallum
is too good of a floor general to allow his team to be upset in such a crucial
game. Although the Raiders have had a very impressive season, this is the end
of the road for their NCAA Tournament dreams.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Detroit 70, Wright State 62
03/09 10:38:56 ET
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