Detroit vs. Arizona State: Full Game Preview
|Detroit||R McCallum 18.8||N Minnerath 6.0||R McCallum 4.5|
|Arizona State||J Carson 18.3||C Felix 8.2||J Carson 5.0|
No. 3-seeded Arizona State matches up against No. 6-seeded Detroit in the first round of the NIT at Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday. Tipoff is at 10 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN U. The Sun Devils have not played the Titans since the 1995-96 season, when they fell 72-66.
The Sun Devils were defeated by UCLA 80-75 on Mar. 14 despite 22 points and six rebounds from Jordan Bachynski. He is averaging 9.8 points per game and leads the team in blocks with 3.5 per game. For the Titans, Jason Calliste finished with 17 points and five assists in the 56-54 loss to Wright State on Mar. 9. He contributes 3.3 assists per game in addition to his 14.3 points per game. One category in which Detroit is especially proficient is turnover percentage at 15.6, ranking first in their conference (and fifth nationally).
- The Pac-12 had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Horizon.
- Jahii Carson is ranked 22nd nationally in points and 46th nationally in assists.
- The Pac-12 has a much better average team RPI than the Horizon (88 vs. 166).
- Diaper Dandies love Arizona State. Arizona State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Detroit (2 vs. 1).
- The Arizona State assist leader (Jahii Carson, 165 assists) has more assists than the Detroit assist leader (Ray McCallum, 145 assists).
- The Arizona State blocks leader (Jordan Bachynski, 116 blocks) has more blocks than the Detroit blocks leader (Ray McCallum, 20 blocks).
- The Arizona State three-point leader (Jonathan Gilling, 79 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Detroit three-point leader (Jason Calliste, 73 three-pointers).
- The Pac-12 has 9 teams - Oregon (37.4), Colorado (37.2), California (37.2), Oregon State (37.0), UCLA (36.7), Washington (36.5), Stanford (36.4), Arizona (36.3), and Arizona State (35.8) - that secure more rebounds per game than the Horizon leader, Youngstown State (35.5).
- Arizona State is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Arizona State is 78.2 inches compared to 76.4 inches for Detroit.
- Arizona State has more wins over the last 5 years than Detroit (111 vs. 93).
- Arizona State has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Detroit this season (four vs. zero).
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|D+||G. Dos Santos||5||2||1||0||0||0||1|