Wright State (13-5) at Detroit (12-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, January 21, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Calihan Hall (8,295) -- Detroit, Michigan. Television: None. Home Record: WSU 8-0, Detroit 10-1. Away Record: WSU 5-4, Detroit 2-6. Neutral Record: WSU 0-1, Detroit 0-0. Conference Record: WSU 4-1, Detroit 4-2. Series Record: Detroit leads, 23-20.
GAME NOTES: A pair of Horizon League programs residing near the top of the standings get together on Monday night at Calihan Hall, as the Detroit Titans entertain the Wright State Raiders.
Detroit, which had been undefeated at home this season until bowing to Valparaiso last week, has managed to bounce back from a two-game slide by picking up a 98-47 thrashing of Illinois-Chicago over the weekend. With the lopsided home win, the Titans are both 10-1 in their own building on the season and 4-2 in league play which places them in a tie with Green Bay for third place in the standings entering the week.
As for the Raiders, they had been cruising along with a five-game win streak and victories in eight of nine outings, but like the Titans the team found out that the Crusaders are a tough bunch, falling to Valpo on Saturday in a 69-63 decision. The setback was the first in league play for WSU, which means the group is now second in the Horizon at 4-1, trailing only the Crusaders.
The Titans lead the all-time series with Wright State by a count of 23-20, thanks to a 71-55 victory in the most recent meeting last season in Ohio. The teams are set to play each other again in little more than a week at the Nutter Center.
In the midst of a four-game road trip, the Raiders matched up with Valparaiso in an outing that featured seven ties and eight lead changes, but in the end WSU still came out on the losing end. Cole Darling led all scorers with 22 points, shooting 6-of-12 from the field and 10-of-13 at the free-throw line, while Reggie Arceneaux accounted for another 14 points, hitting on 2-of-4 shots from 3-point range, but the team as a whole shot only 3-of-11 beyond the arc. Arceneaux, who has a team-best 30 triples so far this season, is second in scoring with 11.0 ppg, trailing only Darling who has played four fewer games but is slightly ahead of the pace with 11.5 ppg. Defensively, the Raiders are one of the best in the conference, limiting foes to just 56.6 ppg while forcing them into nearly 16 miscues per contest.
For the first time this season, every Titan on the active roster landed in the scoring column on Saturday as Detroit crushed visiting UIC by 51 points. The margin of victory was the largest for Detroit since demolishing Puerto Rico- Mayaguez, 92-41, at the 1999 San Juan Shootout, and also represented the new high-water mark for Horizon League play as well. Ray McCallum chimed in with 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor, followed by Jason Calliste with 20, Nick Minnerath 14 and Doug Anderson 10 points as the squad shot 54.8 percent from the floor in the meeting and forced 21 turnovers. Detroit is now producing just under 80 ppg, one of the highest marks in the nation, thanks to McCallum (18.7 ppg) and Calliste (14.2 ppg) who are not only key scoring contributors, but they have also combined to hand out 145 assists through 19 games as well.
With Detroit wearing out the nets recently, there's a feeling that the team can pour in points almost at will, but Wright State's defense is not one to be taken lightly. The advantage of being at home should give the Titans an edge however.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Detroit 71, Wright State 63
01/21 10:46:08 ET