Detroit vs. Wichita State: Full Game Preview

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Detroit vs. Wichita State: Full Game Preview
Detroit
(18-9, 6-7 away)
Wichita State
(23-5, 15-1 home)
Venue: Charles Koch Arena
4:00PM ET / 1:00PM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Detroit R McCallum 19.0 N Minnerath 6.1 R McCallum 4.6
Wichita State C Early 14.7 C Hall 7.2 M Armstead 4.0

Wichita State welcomes Detroit to Charles Koch Arena on Saturday. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. EST and it can be seen on ESPN 2. The Shockers have not played the Titans since the 1982-83 season, when they won 73-61.

In their last outing, behind 19 points from Cleanthony Early, the Shockers defeated Indiana State 66-62 on Feb. 19. With 14.7 points per game, he leads the team in scoring average. For the Titans, Evan Bruinsma finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the 84-74 win over Valparaiso on Feb. 16. He is averaging 5.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Detroit is strong in turnover percentage at 15.6 percent. This is good enough for first in the conference and fifth in the nation.

Detroit StatSmack

  • Wichita State has more wins over the last 5 years than Detroit (131 vs. 91).
  • The Missouri Valley has 2 teams - Evansville (1.42) and Creighton (1.41) - that have a better assist-to-turnover ratio than the Horizon leader, Detroit (1.31).
  • Wichita State allows fewer rebounds (30.1 allowed per game vs. 33.2 allowed per game) than Detroit this season.
  • The Missouri Valley has a conference RPI that is better than the Horizon (No. 9 vs. No. 12).
  • The Wichita State blocks leader (Ehimen Orukpe, 42 blocks) has more blocks than the Detroit blocks leader (Ray McCallum, 19 blocks).
  • The Missouri Valley has had six more NCAA Tournament teams than the Horizon over the past 10 years.
  • The Missouri Valley has a stronger schedule this year compared to the Horizon (No. 9 vs. No. 13).
  • The Missouri Valley has 2 teams - Creighton (42.6 percent) and Drake (39.3 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the Horizon leader, Valparaiso (37.2 percent).
  • Wichita State has a better record on the road than Detroit this season (7-4 vs. 6-7).
  • The Missouri Valley had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Horizon.
  • Wichita State is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Wichita State is 208 lbs compared to 194 lbs for Detroit.
DET Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Ray McCallum 0 19 5 5 2 1 2
B Nick Minnerath 29 15 6 1 1 0 1
B Jason Calliste 35 14 3 3 1 0 2
C+ Doug Anderson 26 12 5 1 1 1 1
C J. Howard Jr. 28 9 4 2 1 0 1
C Evan Bruinsma 20 5 4 1 1 0 1
D+ G. Dos Santos 5 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Olumide Solanke 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Ugochukwu Njoku 6 1 2 0 0 1 0
D P.J. Boutte 10 2 1 1 1 0 1
D Anton Wilson 8 2 1 1 0 0 1
D J. Lippert 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
WSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Carl Hall 28 12 7 1 0 2 1
B C. Early 25 15 5 1 1 1 2
B- M. Armstead 27 10 4 4 2 0 2
C+ Ron Baker 25 7 3 2 1 0 1
C+ D. Williams 27 9 3 2 1 0 2
C Tekele Cotton 23 6 4 2 1 0 1
C Evan Wessel 19 6 2 2 0 0 1
C Fred Van Vleet 16 4 2 2 1 0 1
C Ehimen Orukpe 17 3 5 0 0 2 1
C- Nick Wiggins 14 6 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Jake White 11 4 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Chadrack Lufile 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
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