Toledo cruised to a 7-2 record through the first nine games of a relatively easy non-conference schedule. While the Rockets are still without a quality win, they managed to give Notre Dame a run for its money in a 64-62 overtime loss a couple of weeks ago. They will be up against a Detroit Mercy team that has opened the season with eight losses in nine games. Can Toledo cover the number on the road versus the Titans on Saturday?
Rockets soaring after 7-2 startToledo pushed its current winning streak to four games with an 82-72 victory at home over Marshall on Sunday. Luke Knapke scored 33 points and hauled in 11 rebounds while junior guard Marreon Jackson finished with 24 points and five assists to help Toledo keep its momentum alive.
Tod Kowalczyk’s squad has suffered a pair of tough two-point losses but has otherwise played well through their first nine games. The Rockets enter Saturday’s matchup ranked No. 81 in the latest KenPom rankings following their 7-2 start and they come in scoring 104.7 points per 100 possessions for the season. Toledo does most of its damage from beyond the arc, where it has shot 43.2 percent of its total field goal attempts for the season. The Rockets also do a good job of getting to the free-throw line, where they sport the 25th-best free-throw rate in the country at 41.3 percent. Through nine games, they have shot 50.2 percent from 2-point range, 40.0 percent from long distance, and 73.3 percent from the charity stripe as a team this season.
On defense, the Rockets have given up 95.3 points per 100 possessions for the season while limiting their opponents to an effective field goal percentage of 44.4 percent. Opposing teams have shot just 43.4 percent from inside the arc and 30.7 percent from long-range against the Rockets’ defense so far this season.
Titans can't stop slide, lose fifth straight vs. Notre DameDetroit dropped to 1-8 on Tuesday after losing its fifth straight contest 110-71 on the road against Notre Dame. Antoine Davis scored a team-high 27 points while Brad Calipari chipped in 12 for the Titans, who allowed the Fighting Irish to shoot a blistering 20-for-39 from long-range in the loss.
Brad Calipari has had a fine start to his Titan career as he is 7th in the Horizon League with 2.11, 3-pointers per game and shooting 47.5% from the outside #DetroitsCollegeTeam #HLMBB pic.twitter.com/D8bCNnSHLr— Detroit Mercy MBB (@DetroitMBB) December 12, 2019
Mike Davis’ squad comes into the weekend ranked No. 303 in the latest KenPom rankings after riding into the weekend on a five-game losing streak. Detroit has been one of the worst defensive teams in the country this season, allowing 109.4 points per 100 possessions through their first nine games. Opposing teams have been able to get nearly whatever they’ve wanted on the inside against the Titans, who have let opponents make 59.8 percent of their attempts from inside the arc this season.
While the offense hasn’t been nearly as bad, it hasn’t been good enough to keep Detroit in games either. The Titans come in scoring 97.5 points per 100 possessions while sporting an effective field goal percentage of only 43.0 percent. They have shot just 40.1 percent from 2-point range and 30.7 percent from deep for the season while turning the ball over on 20.2 percent of their offensive possessions. About the only thing the Titans have done well is hit their free throws. Detroit has made 78.8 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe as a team.
- Rockets are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games as a road favorite.
- Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- Titans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight-up loss.
- Titans are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game.
- Titans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.