The University of Detroit Mercy Titans take on the Butler Bulldogs tomorrow night at 9, in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU. It’s a good contest for the World Wide Leader to pick up, as both the Titans and Bulldogs are 4-1 in the Horizon League—a conference with four teams at 4-1. Viewers across the country (that both known of ESPNU’s existence and subscribe to a cable provider that carries the network) will also get a look at a local gem of a sports arena, Calihan Hall.
Calihan is one of those special places to watch basketball. The seating is a little unusual: the first row of permanent seats is about 10 feet above the floor. Removable bleacher seats add capacity below the wall, with the first row just a few feet away from the out-of-bounds line.
Matt Dery talked to Titans head coach Ray McCallum for a Ticket podcast today, and McCallum encouraged all U of D fans to come out to the game. The Titans love the fans at Calihan; at one point from 2001-2002, they held the NCAA record for consecutive home-court wins. Against a tough Butler opponent, Detroit will be looking to make the fans proud. And if the fans come out in force, as is expected for this crucial conference matchup, Calihan will be rocking with a Titans win.