Detroit (15-12) at Wright State (12-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 15th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Nutter Center (11,000) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Detroit 11-4, WSU 9-6. Away Record: Detroit 3-7, WSU 3-8. Neutral Record: Detroit 1-1, WSU 0-1. Conference Record: Detroit 9-6, WSU 7-8. Series Record: Detroit leads, 22-20.
GAME NOTES: The Detroit Titans shoot for their fourth straight win this evening, as they travel to the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio to take on the Wright State Raiders in Horizon League action.
At 9-6 in conference, Detroit is two games behind first-place Valparaiso with four games left in the regular season. After struggling to find an identity for most of the campaign, the Titans have gotten hot at the right time, winning three straight and eight of their last 10 to bring their overall record to 15-12. They came back from a seven-point, halftime deficit to defeat Green Bay on Sunday, 77-74.
Wright State has not been as successful on the season, sporting the inverse overall record of Detroit (12-15), and the team is 7-8 in league play. Most of the Raiders' struggles have come here in the new year, winning just four times in 11 games. They were able to snap a three-game losing streak on Sunday, however, by thrashing Milwaukee in a 70-46 final.
Detroit holds a slim lead in the all-time series with Wright State, 22-20, and the Titans have won three straight over the Raiders.
Detroit's fast-paced attack yields high-risk, high-reward results. It is one of the Horizon League's most dangerous offenses, ranking first in scoring (72.1 ppg) and second in field goal percentage (.451), but it allows the most points to its opponents (68 ppg). Sunday's game was a perfect microcosm of the Titans' season as they allowed Green Bay to drain 50 percent of its field goal attempts, and hit 11-of-22 from three-point range, but they were able to hold on for the win by shooting 44.4 percent themselves and connecting on 23-of-27 free-throws. Chase Simon scored 20 or more points for the seventh time this season -- and for the first time since December 8 -- by shooting 7-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-4 from three-point range for 24 points. On the year, Simon scored 13.8 ppg but struggles shooting from the field (.373). Ray McCallum ranks second in the league in scoring (15.7 ppg) and fourth in assists (3.8 apg), while Eli Holman adds 11.5 ppg and 7.1 rpg to the mix.
Wright State's season has gone almost the exact opposite direction as that of its counterpart tonight, as it ranks next-to-last in the conference in both points per game (58) and field goal percentage (.396), yet is second in scoring defense (60.2 ppg). The Raiders put together one of their best overall games of the season on Sunday by holding Milwaukee to 31.8 percent field goal efficiency while connecting on 57.1 percent of their total shots and 7-of-10 of their three-point tries en route to the 24-point win. Cole Darling paced four teammates in double figures with a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds, up from his season averages of 6.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg. Julius Mays is the only Raider to average double figures in scoring on the season, ranking fifth in the Horizon League with 14 ppg, and he also adds a team-high 2.6 apg. Wright State is the worst rebounding team in the conference, laying claim to a -4.0 differential on the boards, and it doesn't have a player averaging more than 3.7 rpg.
Wright State's hot shooting from Sunday is a threat to carry over into tonight's game, but the Raiders have not demonstrated any sort of offensive consistency this season. Even on the road, Detroit should be able to muster up enough points to fight past the Raiders.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Detroit 68, Wright State 65
02/15 10:52:07 ET