Detroit (8-10, 2-4 HL) at Green Bay (6-9, 2-3 HL)
Date: Thurs., Jan. 12, 2012
Tip Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Green Bay, Wis.
Arena: Resch Center
Live Stats: greenbayphoenix.com
Live Video: Horizon League Network
All-time Series: Detroit leads, 22-19
Dec. 30- @Detroit 79, Green Bay 56
Jan. 30- @Green Bay 85, Detroit 74
Detroit looks to build momentum coming off a solid 76-65 win over Butler Sunday when it heads to Wisconsin. The Titans, despite a 2-4 start in Horizon League play, remain within striking distance of the leaders and with a winning streak could jump right back into a wide-open race at the top.
SCOUTING THE PHOENIX
Green Bay is led by sophomore seven-footer Alec Brown, who averages 13.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest. Brown and Brennan Cougill (7.3) are second and fourth, respectively, in rebounding average in the Horizon League. Steve Baker claims the top three-point percentage in the league, knocking down 46.5 percent of his shots from deep this season. UWGB is 6-9 on the season with all six wins coming at home.
THE SERIES WITH GREEN BAY
Detroit leads the all-time series with Green Bay, winning 22 of the 41 meetings. Last season, the teams split with the home team getting the better side of the outcome on each occasion. The Titans blew out the Phoenix 79-56 on Dec. 30 at Calihan but Green Bay defended its home court a month later with an 85-74 win at Resch Center.
The Titans head south to Milwaukee for a Saturday night affair with co-HL leader Milwaukee. Detroit then has three straight at home with Wright State (Jan. 21), Loyola (Jan. 25) and UIC (Jan. 27) on the docket. The next road trip is the Indiana swing at Valpo (Feb. 2) and Butler (Feb. 4).
LAST TIME OUT
Five different Titans registered double-figure point totals in an impressive 76-65 win over Butler Sunday. Detroit used an 8-0 start and led by as many as 23 in the win. The Titans were hot from the perimeter, burying nine triples (16 attempts), to tie a season high. The win snapped a 10-game slide to the Bulldogs that dated back to the 2006 season.
BUTLER DID IT
Sunday’s win over Butler marked the first win over the Bulldogs in the past 11 meetings. Butler’s last defeat at the hands of the Titans came in the 2006 season when Jon Goode hit a closing-seconds shot for a 73-71 Detroit victory.
Butler trailed by as many as 23 points in the second half of its loss at Detroit Sunday. That deficit was the largest encountered by Butler this season to date. The Titans took an early 8-0 lead and never looked back, the second time this season Detroit has led a game wire-to-wire (Western Michigan).
RIGHT TO THE POINT
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. announced Wednesday the 20 finalists for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, including Detroit sophomore Ray McCallum. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in college basketball. An original list of 60-plus candidates was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally-based committee to the below list of 20 student-athletes. The current listing of 20 finalists for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be narrowed down to 10 players in early February and then down to five players by early March. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.
A pair of current Titans are in the top five all-time in career blocked shots: with Eli Holman sitting third with 145 swats and LaMarcus Lowe moving into fifth with 131 career blocks 143 career shots. Holman needs 10 to pass Brian Humes for second-most all-time while Lowe is four away from fourth-place Greg Grant. The career leader is Terry Tyler, who threw aside a whopping 359 shots in his career from 1976-78.
Career Block Leaders at Detroit
1. Terry Tyler, 1976-78 359
2. Brian Humes, 1984-87 154
3. Eli Holman, ’09-pres. 145
4. Greg Grant, 1990-94 131
5. LaMarcus Lowe, ’10-pres. 127
SHOTS FROM THE HEART
Head Coach Ray McCallum is perfect through two rounds of the CollegeInsider.com “Shots from the Heart” head coach’s bracket to benefit the Skip Prosser Foundation. Coach made all 25 shots in each of the first two rounds and has advanced to the “Sweet 16”, where he will match-up against Mark Gottfried of North Carolina State. Future potential opponents include last season’s champion Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State in the Elite Eight and Valparaiso Head Coach Bryce Drew is still alive and looms as a possible Final Four foe. The tournament will be pared down to eight by month’s end with the semis and finals in February. The Free Throw Champions of both the head and assistant coach’s brackets will be recognized as part of the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet in New Orleans, site of the 2012 Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship. Follow detroittitans.com for updates on Coach Ray’s progress in the tourney. For more on the “Shots from the Heart”, got to http://collegeinsider.com/shots.
Junior Doug Anderson has a knack for finding the rim and rattling it with force. After four dunks in four field goal makes Sunday vs. Butler, Anderson has 62 field goals this season, 35 of those coming via dunk. He has at least one slam in every game this season except two (at Akron, vs. Valpo). He had a season-high five dunks against Alabama State (Dec. 22), part of ten Titan throwdowns in the win.