The Detroit Mercy Titans are in Ohio on Friday night for a meeting against the Cleveland State Vikings. Detroit is trying to finish off the season on a high note, as they hope to improve on a record of 8-8. It has been a mediocre season for the Titans, but they have been hot recently to get to .500 on the year. Detroit is on a five-game winning streak, along with wins in seven of their previous eight outings.
They went on a brief self imposed hiatus earlier in the season. It wasn’t because of a Covid-19 outbreak or anything else, but just the team needing a break and reset to freshen up the batteries mentally. Only in a season like this is the NCAA going to be fine with a team pausing their season and not being punished. To open the season, Detroit were downright ugly, with losses in nine of their first ten outings.
The Titans were barely into their 2020-21 campaign and needed to hit the reset button. They are a better team than we saw out there, and it seems like it was for the best that Detroit locked their program down for a couple of weeks. Since then, everything has been clicking for the Titans, and they’ve been playing like one of the best teams in the Horizon League.
Detroit can show that they are the best team in the conference with a win tonight. It’s weird to say that a 9-8 team is the best in a conference, but the Titans have been on fire, and a win over the team at the top of the standings, on the road, would give Detroit plenty of respect. They might be peaking at the perfect time, so we’ll see if Cleveland State has problems with the Titans.
Cleveland State is 14-5 on the season with a conference-best record of 14-2. Beat the Vikings in their own backyard, and yes, I’m going to be awfully impressed by Detroit. It would certainly certify that Detroit is for real and this isn’t just some case of it being a fluky run. Detroit is coming off a 82-72 and 83-56 win over Purdue Fort Wayne last week. Conversely, Cleveland State swept Oakland on the road, 80-72 and 80-78. Head below for our free Detroit vs. Cleveland State pick on February 12, 2021.
Detroit Mercy Titans vs. Cleveland State Vikings NCAA Betting Odds:
Detroit vs. Cleveland State Prediction:
Detroit has been hot from the field during their winning streak. The offense wasn’t clicking for them through the first month of the regular season, but they’ve figured things out since around mid-January. Detroit has netted an average of 75.8 points per game for 84th in the NCAA. They’ve been able to skew their numbers up thanks to how they’ve been playing for the last month.
In their previous five outings, the Titans have scored 80.4 points per game. Antoine Davis is really coming into his own from the field. He’s scored at least 26 points in the last two games, and is up to an average of 22 points and 41.6% shooting from the field. The hot shooting for the Titans has travelled on the road as well.
Detroit has scored an average of 75.9 points per game on the road through the 2020-21 campaign. Keep in mind that they were cold as ice early on, too, so they’ve been able to fix some things, at least offensively. The defense still needs some work if they want to go to the NCAA Tournament and pull off a big upset.
The Titans are 277th in the NCAA With 74.7 points against per game. Some minor improvements had been made, but nearly enough to contain good offenses like Cleveland State. They’ve allowed the exact same on the road with 74.7 points conceded per game. The Vikings have been getting hot offensively as well.
Note that Cleveland State has notched at least 73 points in five straight games. In their last five, the Vikings have scored 77.4 points per game, with 72.8 points allowed through that stretch. The OVER has cashed in all five of those games. I’m under the impression that both teams should be able to get into the 70’s in this matchup. A 75-71 or 77-73 final doesn’t look too out of reach. That would be more than enough to push this one above 137 points.