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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 30, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Nutter Center (12,000) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Detroit 10-2, WSU 8-1. Away Record: Detroit 3-6, WSU 5-5. Neutral Record: Detroit 0-0, WSU 1-1. Conference Record: Detroit 5-3, WSU 5-3. Series Record: Detroit leads, 23-21.
GAME NOTES: A pair of squads tied for second place in the Horizon League will square off at the Nutter Center in Dayton on Wednesday night, as the Wright State Raiders play host to the Detroit Titans.
Following a 75-63 win at Loyola-Chicago last Saturday, Detroit improved to 13-8 and 5-3 in the Horizon League. The victory halted a mini slide for the Titans, who had lost three of their previous four games. Their performance on the road has generally been lackluster however, as they've gone just 3-6 outside of the Motor City.
Wright State opened up conference play a perfect 4-0, but since then it has faltered with losses in three of four. The Raiders fell to Illinois-Chicago on Saturday night, 55-49, for their first defeat at the Nutter Center this season in nine tries
These two squads met just nine days ago, with Wright State winning 64-62 in Detroit. The Titans still lead the all-time series, 23-21.
Detroit is the Horizon League's top scoring team by a fairly wide margin, ranking 13th in the nation in putting up 78.4 ppg, and it continued with that trend in its 12-points win versus Loyola over the weekend. The Titans shot 50 percent from the field and all five starters scored in double figures, led by 17 apiece from Juwan Howard, Jr. and Ray McCallum. Nick Minnerath tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and a pair of steals, while Jason Calliste (12 points) and Doug Anderson (11 points) rounded out the balanced effort. McCallum is the league's top scorer, pouring in 18.1 ppg, but he's far from a one-trick pony, adding 4.9 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.7 spg and 0.7 bpg to his stat line. Calliste puts up 13.9 ppg thanks in large part to a team-high 44 3-pointers, and Minnerath (13.2 ppg) grabs a club-best 5.8 rpg. Anderson (11.7 ppg) and Howard, Jr. (10.1 ppg) fill out a cohesive starting five that has started all 21 games together.
While Detroit does most of its damage with a high-powered offense, Wright State's success has come on the back of the top-ranked scoring defense in the Horizon League, the team yielding a mere 57.3 ppg. The outstanding play at the defensive end of the court continued this past Saturday, as it forced UIC into more turnovers (20) than field goals (16), but it could not capitalize at the other end, shooting just 33.3 percent from the field in the six-point loss. Cole Darling was the only player to net double figures with 11 points, but he shot just 5-of-15 from the floor and committed four turnovers. Scoring points has been an issue for the Raiders all season long, as they shoot less than 43 percent from the field for 61.5 ppg (ninth in the conference). Darling is the team's leading scorer with 11.1 ppg, and he's been nearly automatic from the free-throw line (44-of-50, .880). Reggie Arceneaux scores 10.4 ppg and leads the team in assists (2.9 apg) and 3-pointers (33), but he makes his field goals at less than a 37 percent clip. Although its offense is suspect, Wright State is aided by +3.0 turnover margin.
Wright State hasn't been playing its best of late, but it has been great on its home floor and already has a win against Detroit under its belt this season. In a battle of offense versus defense, expect the Raiders to stifle the Titans.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wright State 66, Detroit 64
01/30 10:35:49 ET
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