Detroit vs. Milwaukee - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee at Detroit
Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM (Calihan Hall)
Detroit Mercy Titans -7.5 -- Over/Under: 143
TV: WADL-Detroit (TV-38); ESPN+
The Milwaukee Panthers will travel to Calihan Hall to take on the Detroit Mercy Panthers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Milwaukee Panthers improved to 7-10 (2-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 67-64, this past Thursday night. Milwaukee led by a 34-27 margin at halftime and was able to hang on late for the victory after a game-tying attempt by Oakland’s Braden Norris came up short with :03 seconds left in regulation. Milwaukee was solid defensively against the Golden Grizzlies as they held Oakland to just 35.1% from the field & 34.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Darius Roy who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists.
On the season, Milwaukee is averaging 70.4 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Milwaukee has been led by Darius Roy (16.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 spg), DeAndre Abram (10.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.3 apg), Vance Johnson (9.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg), and Carson Warren-Newsome (9.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg).
Defensively, Milwaukee is allowing their opponents to average 75.1 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -2.5 and a turnover margin of -1.3.
The Detroit Mercy Titans improved to 7-10 (4-1 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Green Bay Phoenix, 101-83, this past Thursday night. Detroit Mercy has no trouble putting up points against the Green Bay defense and easily pulled away for the victory after a 14-0 run to start the 2nd half gave Detroit Mercy a 67-40 lead with 16:20 left in regulation. Detroit Mercy shot 53.4% from the field & 45.2% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Titans was Josh McFolley who had 29 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, and 5 steals.
On the season, Detroit Mercy is averaging 72.0 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Titans are averaging 10.0 three-pointers per game on 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Detroit Mercy has been led by Antonie Davis (27.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.4 apg), Josh McFolley (12.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.2 spg), Damien King (9.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg), and Lamar Hamrick (4.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Detroit Mercy is allowing their opponents to average 76.5 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Titans have a rebound margin of -8.3 and a turnover margin of 3.5.
The Panthers are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Horizon League games however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Titans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
Milwaukee has been playing better as of late, winning 5 of their last 7 games, however, this is a team that has struggled on both sides of the ball as they rank T-261st in scoring defense & 261st in scoring defense. Detroit has surprised everyone in the Horizon, starting off conference play winning 4 of their last 5 games, and although their offense ranks just T-232nd in scoring offense, the Titans have been deadly from beyond the arc as they rank 22nd in three-pointers made per game & 49th in 3P-FG%.
Milwaukee has played well as of late, however, I’ve been more impressed with what I’ve seen from the Titans this late. Detroit Mercy can be a little risky of a pick due to their dependence on hitting three-pointers, however, between the fact that they are at home and have held conference opponents to 72.6 ppg (season average is 76.5 ppg), I think Detroit Mercy does enough in this one to cover this home spread.