Detroit (2-2) at Bowling Green (2-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 27, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Stroh Center (4,280) -- Bowling Green, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Detroit 2-0, BGSU 1-0. Away Record: Detroit 0-2, BGSU 0-1. Neutral Record: Detroit 0-0, BGSU 1-2. Conference Record: Detroit 0-0, BGSU 0-0. Series Record: Detroit leads, 23-14.
GAME NOTES: The Bowling Green Falcons open a five-game homestand on Tuesday night when they host the Detroit Titans.
Detroit, the reigning Horizon League champion, has split its first four games, winning its two home matchups and dropping its two road tilts. The Titans most recently traveled to Miami-Florida on Nov. 24, losing to the Hurricanes in a 77-62 final.
Bowling Green took part in the NIT Season Tip-Off, losing its first three games to Cleveland State (79-73 in OT), IUPUI (80-66) and Robert Morris (71-60). The Falcons were able to salvage their tournament appearance with a 68-54 win over Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 20.
Detroit leads the all-time series with Bowling Green, 23-14. The Falcons won last year's matchup, 67-61, as part of the CBE Classic.
The Titans average 77.3 ppg, but they've done so on a less-than-stellar field goal percentage (.410). They tend to live and die by the three-pointer, making 9.3 long-range buckets per game, but they are reliant on plenty of volume from beyond the arc as their three-point field goal percentage also leaves much to be desired (.330). Detroit is fresh off one of its worst offensive performances of the year against Miami, as it made less than 36 percent of its total shots en route to only 62 points. Nick Minnerath tallied a game-high 22 points in the loss, and he wasn't bashful with his three-point attempts (5- of-13). Ray McCallum and Jason Calliste each added 15 points, but the remaining seven players who saw action in the game combined for just 10 points. McCallum was one of the Horizon League's best players a season ago with a scoring average of 15.4 ppg, and he is off to an even better start to the 2012-13 campaign with 19.5 ppg coupled with 4.5 apg. Doug Anderson has been a great asset in the frontcourt with 16.0 ppg and 8.8 rpg, while Minnerath and Calliste are also regular contributors with 12.5 ppg apiece.
Bowling Green is actually off to a better start than Detroit in terms of its field goal percentage (.421), but it hasn't resulted in much success on the scoreboard as it puts up just 66.0 ppg. The Falcons were able to muster up the energy to top Alabama-Huntsville however. Although they shot a modest 43.6 percent from the field, they made 13-of-15 free throw attempts and played well at the defensive end as they rolled to a 14-point victory. A'uston Calhoun pieced together another a solid effort in the win, shooting 7-of-14 from the field (including 2-of-5 from three-point range) en route to 20 points while also adding 10 rebounds. Calhoun has been one of the Mid-American Conference's best forwards so far this season, averaging 18.6 ppg and 7.0 rpg. Jordan Crawford (16.0 ppg, 4.2 apg) gives BGSU a formidable inside-outside duo, but no other player on the squad averages more than 6.2 ppg.
Even though Calhoun is the best forward in this matchup, Detroit has the advantage on the inside with its depth, and if McCallum and company can find their rhythm out on the perimeter, the Titans should be able to notch their first road victory of the season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Detroit 80, Bowling Green 74
11/27 10:35:17 ET