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Pick on the Spread for Detroit-IUPUI on December 29

VSiN’s Greg Peterson goes over the best betting options for Friday’s college basketball matchup between the Detroit Titans and IUPUI Jaguars

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Between the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Titans, basketball teams are a combined 0-41 since October 29 and the Titans look to break the streak on Friday on the road against the IUPUI Jaguars.

Detroit Titans (-1.5, 141.5) vs. IUPUI Jaguars

A lack of defense has caused issues for Detroit for years and has hit a crescendo in a bad way this season with the team 344th out of 362 Division I teams in points allowed per possession, but are facing an IUPUI team that rates even lower in this category at 350th.

The biggest sore spot for Detroit has been guarding the 3-point arc, allowing opponents to make 41.7% of their 3-pointers, which ranks 360th in the nation, but should look a bit more mighty against an IUPUI team that is having its issues scoring.

Among the 353 Division I teams that have played at least one home game, IUPUI is 335th in points scored on a per possession basis at home and their 22.2% 3-point shooting against Division I competition is the second-worst mark in America with only Houston Christian shooting a lower percentage.

IUPUI has also been able to take care of the ball, committing a turnover on 26.3% of possessions in home games against Division I teams this season, the second-worst turnover rate in the country.

It is a situation of something has to give with Detroit one of just three remaining Division I basketball teams at 0-13 while IUPUI’s 1-9 against the spread record gives them the worst cover percentage among all Division I teams.

Though Detroit has yet to get a straight-up win, the team has covered three spreads this season and has had three of their losses come by four points or fewer, including a 70-69 loss on the road against an Ole Miss Rebels team that is currently undefeated.

While Detroit has yet to win a game this season, they have challenged themselves by playing every game against Division I competition. IUPUI has had three of their four straight-up wins come against teams outside of the Division I ranks.

With IUPUI riding their own nine game losing streak against Division I teams with eight of those losses coming at least 13 points, the city of Detroit will get their first NBA or Division I basketball win since October.

The Play: Detroit -1.5