Saturday afternoon college hoops action features a Horizon League battle between the Illinois-Chicago Flames and the Detroit Mercy Titans. This series has been one-sided in recent years as the Flames have won the previous six meetings including a pair of matches last season. Illinois-Chicago blew out Oakland while the Titans took down IUPUI last time these teams took the court. Tip-off is set for approximately 1:00 PM ET from the Calihan Hall on the campus of Detroit Mercy for this showdown.
Flames Fly Past Previous OpponentIllinois-Chicago extended their win streak to three games with a convincing 80-50 beating of Oakland. This has been the perfect turn-around after a tough four-game losing skid, and moves them to 4-4 in Horizon play. The Flames have yet to register either a quad-1 or a quad-2 win so far this season. Five of their 12 defeats were qualified as quad-3 losses while four more were listed as quad-4 losses.
Tarkus Ferguson leads the Illinois-Chicago offense with 14.6 points and 5.2 assists per game. Marcus Ottey averages 10.8 points and Godwin Boahen adds 10.5 points a night as well. The Flames snag 35.5 rebounds per contest and they shoot 43.4% from the floor with 34.2% from deep. They commit 16.1 turnovers an outing and shoot 67.9% from the free throw line. Kenpom lists Illinois-Chicago as the 224th best team in the country while their NET ranking is 248th and their RPI ranking is 262nd.
Mercy Makes Momentum With WinDetroit Mercy took advantage of an easy opponent as they defeated IUPUI 76-64 this previous Thursday. Things appear as they may improve as the team has now won two of their last three, and they sit at 3-5 in conference play. The Titans have yet to pick up either a quad-1 or a quad-2 win to date this campaign. Six of their 16 defeats were registered as quad-3 losses while five more were listed as quad-4 losses.
Congrats to Antoine Davis as he sank 5 triples yesterday and has reached 200 career 3-pointers in just 50 career games. His 4.00, 3-pointers per game leads all active DI players and is currently third all-time in NCAA history #DetroitsCollegeTeam #HLmBB pic.twitter.com/8rK8gkDHqK— Detroit Mercy MBB (@DetroitMBB) January 24, 2020
Antoine Davis leads the Detroit Mercy attack with 23.8 points and 4.5 assists per contest. Justin Miller contributes ten points and Marquis Moore puts up 7.5 points an outing as well. The Titans grab 36.6 rebounds per game and they shoot 38.1% from the floor with 32.3% from three. They commit 13.9 turnovers a night and convert on 79.1% of their free throw attempts. Kenpom lists Detroit Mercy as the 279th best team in the nation while their NET ranking is 288th and their RPI ranking is 310th.