Game Preview: CMU vs Detroit

Trey Zeigler and Ray McCallum, two of the most sought after freshmen in the nation square off Saturday in Mt. Pleasant.

Tomorrow night in a nationally televised contest at McGuirk Arena, the CMU Chippewas (2-7) host the Detroit Titans (6-5). The game is highlighted by two of the most highly sought after freshman guards in the nation, Trey Zeigler for CMU, and Ray McCallum for Detroit. Both of whom passed up scholarship offers from numerous big time schools and opted instead to play for their fathers at smaller schools. The game tips off at 7pm and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

The Titans come in at 6-5, with their most recent game a week ago against Eastern Michigan, where they pulled out at 68-65 victory.  They feature a very balanced scoring attack, with four players averaging double figures in scoring to this point on the season. McCallum leads the team coming in with 14.6 per game. Chase Simon, a transfer from CMU, is second on the team with 14.1 per game. Eli Holman is the biggest factor on the team, averaging a double double, with 13.4 points per game, and is pulling in 11.3 rebounds a game. The last of the Titans to average in double digits is Jason Calliste at 11.4.

The Titans like to play an uptempo game, coming into the contest they are averaging 73.9 points per game as a team, shooting 43.8% from the floor as a team. The Titans also rebound the ball well, outrebounding their opponents by 4.5 per game.

The Chippewas come into the game on a four game losing streak, losing the last three by an average of 5 points.  Jalin Thomas leads the way averaging 17 points per game, while Trey Zeigler is second on the team at 14.8 per game. No other Chippewas average double figures. William McClure leads CMU in rebouding, pulling in 7.6 per game.

CMU comes in struggling mightily on offense, averaging only 60.8 points per contest, while shooting at only 40.7%. CMU has also struggled rebounding the ball grabbing only 31.6 per game, exactly one less than they allow their opponents to grab.

The key match-ups in this game are of course Trey Zeigler vs Ray McCallum, and William McClure vs Eli Holman.

The Zeigler McCallum matchup is the one that ESPN and everyone will be watching all night simply because of the hype surrounding each of the players coming into this season.  Both have been big impact players, with almost the exact same stats in both scoring and rebounding. 14.8 ppg for Zeigler, 14.6 for McCallum. 5.4 rpg for Zeigler, 5.3 for McCallum.

But the key matchup that will likely determine the winner of this game is the battle inside. Will McClure has a tough task in taking on Eli Holden. As previously mentioned, Holden averages a double double per game, while McClure leads CMU in rebounding. Don’t expect McClure to be a scoring force, but his rebounding and being able to stop Holden are key if CMU is going to pull out a victory.

CMU has struggled to get anything going on the inside on either end of the floor, getting dominated on the glass, and outscored in the paint 30-10 in their last game against Wright State.


About rovitz

22 years old, current Central Michigan University student.
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