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Detroit Titans vs. Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (14-4) at Detroit Titans (9-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Calihan Hall)

The Line: Detroit Titans +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The Green Bay Phoenix will travel to Calihan Hall to take on the Detroit Titans this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Green Bay Phoenix had their five game winning streak snapped and fell to 14-4 (3-1 Horizon) on the season after losing 69-66 to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this past Thursday. Green Bay forced Oakland to commit 18 turnovers in the game however, shot only 14.3% (2-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Keifer Sykes who had 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss. Green Bay is currently ranked 80th in the RPI Standings and has played the 227th ranked SOS. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Keifer Sykes (19.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.6 spg) and Carrington Love (10.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, Green Bay is averaging 68.6 ppg (ranked 155th) on 46.4% shooting (ranked 56th). The Phoenix average 13.0 apg (ranked 146th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.07 (ranked 126th). Defensively, the Green Bay is holding their opponents to an average of 58.7 ppg (ranked 25th) on 39.1% shooting (ranked 49th). Green Bay is averaging 4.9 bpg (ranked 47th) and 7.4 spg (ranked 7th).  The Phoenix are grabbing 25.33 defensive rpg (ranked 97th) and 36.89 total rpg (ranked 89th).

Detroit Titans vs. Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Detroit Titans won their 3rd straight game and improved to 9-9 (3-1 Horizon) on the season after defeating the UIC Flames 69-68 this past Wednesday. Detroit held the Flames to 28.6% (6-21) shooting from beyond the arc and forced UIC into committing 16 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Titans was Paris Bass who had 19 points and 6 rebounds. Detroit is currently ranked 187th in the RPI Standings and has played the 173rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Titans have been led by Juwan Howard Jr. (18.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Paris Bass (11.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Detroit is averaging 70.2 ppg (ranked 122nd) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 161st). The Titans average 7.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 104th) on 38.2% shooting (ranked 45th). Defensively, Detroit is allowing their opponents to average 68.1 ppg (ranked 224th) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 216th). The Titans force 8.1 spg (ranked 41st) and have a turnover margin of 3.4 (ranked 23rd). Detroit is grabbing 23.67 defensive rpg (ranked 187th) and 34.22 total rpg (ranked 203).

The Phoenix are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Titans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Green Bay is the favorite in the Horizon and have the best player in the conference in Keifer Sykes. Although Green Bay has an outstanding defensive, they can be beaten by the three-pointer as they ranked just 255th in three-point FG defense. Detroit has been pretty inconsistent this year however, they always are strong at home and I think that they’ll keep this one close with their outside shooting. Take Detroit and the points in this one.   

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