Green Bay (6-8) at Detroit (9-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 5, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Calihan Hall (8,295) -- Detroit, Michigan. Television: HLN/ESPN3.com. Home Record: Green Bay 5-1, Detroit 8-0. Away Record: Green Bay 0-6, Detroit 1-5. Neutral Record: Green Bay 1-1, Detroit 0-0. Conference Record: Green Bay 0-1, Detroit 1-0. Series Record: Detroit leads, 23-20.
GAME NOTES: Owners of a 16-game home winning streak, the Detroit Titans try to add to that run on Saturday afternoon as they play host to the Green Bay Phoenix in Horizon League action.
One of the longest current home win streaks in the country, the Titans are 8-0 in their own building so far in 2012-13 thanks in part to a 74-59 victory against Milwaukee in the conference opener on Thursday night. Overall Detroit, which had to postpone a game against Temple on Dec. 28 because of weather issues, has won three games in a row and seven of the last eight.
As for Green Bay, outside of a stunning and unexpected 49-47 win against Marquette about a week before Christmas, the team has been rather ordinary for the most part. Following the victory over the Golden Eagles, Green Bay also defeated South Dakota and Illinois-Springfield as expected, but then the team was taken down by Wright State on Thursday night in a 64-53 decision.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, the Titans hold a slim 23-20 advantage over Green Bay dating back to 1987. Detroit swept the two meetings last season and has now won four of the last five according to Green Bay records.
Green Bay managed to build a four-point lead in the first minute of play against Wright State two nights ago, but the team ended up shooting just 29.2 percent from the floor in the first half, 36.2 percent for the entire game. Not only did the Phoenix converted a mere 4-of-15 behind the 3-point line, the squad also finished with more turnovers (18) than made field goals (17) and that rarely translates to a favorable outcome. Brennan Cougill came off the bench and posted 17 points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes of action, followed by Keifer Sykes with 11 points in the setback. Cougill, who is coming off a suspension for a violation of team policies, is still not listed as a starter but you can be sure that he will get his fair share of time on the floor since he is averaging 13.1 ppg and 6.7 rpg. The only one ahead of Cougill in the scoring department is Sykes with 16.2 ppg, mostly because the former is shooting just 20.7 percent behind the 3-point line.
Ray McCallum and Jason Calliste both tallied 13 points as the Titans registered a 74-59 win over the Milwaukee Panthers in the Horizon League opener at Calihan Hall two nights ago. Both McCallum and Calliste shot just 3- of-9 from the floor for the Titans, but the former also cleared seven rebounds and handed out six assists for the hosts. Also scoring in double figures for Detroit were Doug Anderson and Evan Bruinsma with 12 points apiece, followed by Nick Minnerath with 10 and six boards. The starting five has dominated the scoring for the Titans through 14 games this season, all of them scoring in double figures, while the most productive backup is Bruinsma who is averaging just 4.6 ppg as he plays close to 19 minutes per game. McCallum is capable of doing it all for Detroit, from his 18.4 ppg to 5.1 apg, 4.4 rpg and close to two steals per outing as well.
As long as the magic in Michigan still carries on for the Titans, expect the hosts to continue to build on to their current win streak at Calihan Hall.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Detroit 69, Green Bay 59
01/05 10:41:56 ET