In less than two weeks, the Horizon League Conference Tournament begins and the Detroit Titans will look to improve their seeding situation while their top scorer chases history as they head on the road to face the Oakland Grizzlies Friday.
Detroit Titans vs. Oakland Grizzlies (-2, 152.5)
The Titans and nation’s leader in points per game, Antoine Davis, enters Friday’s tilt needing 186 more points to break Pete Maravich’s all-time scoring record of 3,667 points. With Detroit guaranteed at least one tournament game and four regular season games remaining, Davis would need to average 37.2 points per game if it’s unable to make a run.
Overall this season, Davis is averaging 27.7 points per game and shooting 41.7% from 3-point range and 90.2% from the free throw line. He has scored at least 27 points in 11 of 13 games since the new year began.
The Titans have put up big offensive numbers behind Davis, ranking 29th in the nation in points scored on a per-possession basis and scoring at least 76 points in 13 of their last 15 games.
The offensive production has come at a cost, however, as Detroit entered Thursday night tied for seventh place in the conference with an 11-16 overall record because it ranks 342nd in points allowed on a per-possession basis and 351st in opponent 3-point shooting percentage on the road.
Fortunately, Oakland has had similar defensive struggles, allowing its opponents to shoot 40.5% from 3-point range, good for the sixth-worst home 3-point shooting percentage mark among 363 Division I teams. The Grizzlies also rank 348th in points allowed on a per-possession basis at home.
In the last meeting between these two squads, Oakland walked away with a 76-67 road win on Jan. 22, a game where Davis struggled, making just 3-of-16 shots for 14 points. That was his lowest point total of the season and with his recent scoring numbers over the last month and a half, he and the Titans will bounce back with a large scoring outburst.
The Play: Detroit vs. Oakland Over 152.5
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