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NCAA Tournament Preview: Detroit Titans

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The Basics

  • Record: 22-13 (11-7 in the Horizon League)
  • Best Wins: Cleveland State 63-58; St. John's 69-63
  • Worst Losses: Wisconsin Milwaukee 84-74, Youngstown State 64-61, Illinois Chicago 63-59
  • Admirable Losses: Notre Dame 59-53, No. 16 Mississippi State 80-75, No. 15 Alabama 62-54
Statistically Speaking
  • The good: 72.8 PPG (62nd); 619-843 FT (5th and 6th); 162 Blocks (21st)
  • The bad: 34.1 RPG (201st); -0.38 SOS (157th)
  • The interesting: Despite Ray McCallum and his father earning sure-fire berths into the Mirror Image Hall of Fame, he and LaMarcus Lowe form a ferocious one-two punch on the offensive and defensive end. Detroit is not a large team but Lowe gives them the inside presence necessary to keep opponents from driving at will, and McCallum and Chase Simon are offensive juggernauts.
What to Expect

McCallum is only a sophomore on an otherwise experienced team, so an upset wouldn't be entirely shocking if the Titans weren't sure to draw an elite program in the first round. They won four games in four days to take the Horizon League crown over No. 1 seed Valparaiso and head coach Bryce Drew (Seriously guys, Bryce Drew? Wasn't that shot like, three years ago? Ugh, time flies). Anyway, Detroit is not good enough to steal a game but keep an eye on the program if recruits start to take notice.

Ryan ZumMallen lives and updates the Twitterdome in Long Beach, CA.