Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
It’s been a brutal season for the Detroit Titans who stand just 2-14 overall and 0-4 in the Horizon coming into this tough test on the road against in-state foe Oakland. Detroit has been porous on the defensive side of the ball ranking 345th in the nation in total defense giving up 84.5 points per game on average. Detroit also ranks just 8th in the conference in scoring average led by Jaleel Hogan who’s averaging 13.9 points per game. Detroit has lost 14 of their last 15 games, but the Titans were respectable in their last outing losing to Valparaiso on the road by a final of 74-81.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies are looking like the team to beat in the Horizon this year standing 14-3 overall and 4-0 in conference. Oakland has reloaded their roster nicely with some higher level talent and the Golden Grizzlies have shown strengths on both sides of the ball ranking about 70th in the nation in both scoring average and total defense. Oakland is coming off back to back wins on the road against Valpo and UIC to really cement their place atop the conference standings. Oakland has shown solid depth and Martez Walker has led the attack averaging 17.5 points per game.
Detroit has been the doormat of the Horizon this season, but the Titans have at least been competitive in the bulk of their recent defeats. Oakland didn’t overwhelm in their last outing on the road against UIC, but that was on the second leg of a tough road trip. We like Oakland to come through and get the win, but we’ll take the Titans with the considerable amount of points as the better value bet.
Detroit +18 -110