Detroit vs California Basketball Preview and Prediction
Detroit vs California Preview
If the first three games are any indication, the Detroit Mercy Titans are in for a long season. Beginning 0-3 against three talented schools is one thing, but Detroit has lost by an average of 16 points per game and has not been within single-digits for a majority of the time in any of those contests.
It won’t get easier when they play California in the GotPrint.com Legends Classic.
The Golden Bears however, could be in for a long season themselves. Picked to finish 11th of 12 schools in the Pac-12 Preseason polls, Cal is now considered a Pac-12 cellar-dweller.
It was evident in their first game of the season when they lost to Yale 76-59.
Cal did bounce-back with a 80-66 victory over Hampton on Tuesday night–The Bears (1-1), still probably weary from their transoceanic trip to China, have little time to rest as they take on Detroit-Mercy Thursday night.
“Very happy to get the win,,” said head coach Wyking Jones afterwards. “We played a very good first half. I told the guys that’s the way we’re supposed to play. That’s the way we’re supposed to look. Sharing the ball making the extra pass, Making the defense work, multiple ball screens. That’s what we’ve been working on since we got back from China. Not taking quick shots, and we were falling into the defense’s hands. That was great to see. The energy level was very high.”
The Bears shot 55.2 percent from the floor, including 6-for-10 from three-point land in building their 48-31 halftime lead. That was a refreshing change from the way they played in Shanghai, when they shot 35.3 percent in losing to Yale.
“I told our guys at halftime they’re going to make a run,” Jones said. “And they made their run, and I was happy to see we fought through it. And we were able to climb out of if, make some offensive plays, make some defensive plays and get through the run that they made.”.
Bright side for Detroit
Freshman Antoine Davis has posted three-straight 20+ point performances to start his collegiate career and ranks in the top 15 in the nation in scoring (27.3) and made three-pointers (15). Senior Josh McFolley is averaging 16.0 points and 3.7 assists, while senior Gerald Blackshear Jr. and freshman Chris Brandon are tied for the team lead with 5.7 rebounds per game.
The Titans have a bright future in Antoine Davis, who does not look like a freshman playing in his first set of collegiate games.
With 13 new players on the roster, Detroit will take their lumps this season–but hope is on the horizon.
Detroit has talented players, specifically Antoine Davis who could be the most talented player on the court when these teams square off, but he won’t be able to do it alone. I think this game could be the closest one for Detroit to-date, but pulling off the upset will be a mountain of a challenge.
Cal 81 Detroit 69
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