The Oakland Grizzlies and Detroit Mercy Titans square off in an all-Michigan battle at Calihan Hall on Saturday in the late afternoon hours. The Saturday card for college basketball is typically huge with just about any game you want at any minute. However, the day after Christmas is slower, and we have a handful of matchups to handicap.
There are a total of 12 NCAA games scheduled to be played on Saturday. Given the times we live in, that could certainly develop into fewer games because of Covid-19. While Oakland and Detroit try to avoid getting infected, both schools are just trying to find some wins on the court.
It has been an ugly season for Oakland. Greg Kampe has a lot of work to do to turn this program around. Oakland went to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2010 and 2011. However, there are no indications that the Grizzlies are ready to get back to playing basketball in March.
It wasn’t that long ago that Oakland was a competitive program, though. Oakland went to the NIT in 2016-17 after going 25-9. They reached the second-round, but didn’t make it beyond that, though. Kampe isn’t a bad coach at all, and I think he can have Oakland playing competitive basketball again in two years or so.
Having said that, Oakland has been downright awful with a record of 0-9 to open the season in 2020-21. Just one win would be nice for the Grizzlies. This matchup against Detroit presents a winnable scenario for Oakland. They will also play again on Sunday in a back-to-back situation, so here are a couple of golden opportunities for the Grizzlies to get on the board. Detroit hasn’t been much better in the Covid-19 season.
Detroit enters Saturday with a less than desirable record of 1-5. The only win for the Titans was on December 12 against the Western Michigan Mustangs, 67-57. Since then, Detroit has had two losses against Wright State, 93-70 and 85-72. Oakland plays Wright State following this two-game series against Detroit. Good luck with that, Grizzlies. Head below for our free Oakland vs. Detroit pick for December 26, 2020.
Oakland Grizzlies vs. Detroit Mercy Titans NCAA Betting Odds:
Oakland vs. Detroit Prediction:
Oakland is going to have to play some defense if they want to finally win a game. That hasn’t been the case throughout the season, and they continued to struggle defensively in their most recent outing. The UIC Flames scored 90 points on Oakland for a 90-73 win. It was the fifth time in six games that Oakland allowed at least 80 points. Note that the Grizzlies have allowed 87.3 points per game for 304th out of 353 teams in the NCAA.
74 points is the fewest points that Oakland has conceded through nine games in 2020-21. Opponents are shooting a whopping 50.5% against Oakland this season, 328th in the NCAA. Everything has been poor for Oakland on defense, including defending the three-point line with the opposition connecting for 42% from deep. Detroit should find some room to score on Saturday at home. The Titans have been average offensively, with 70.2 points a game, but they should look much better than that today.
The Titans have been better defensively, but not by a whole lot. They’ve allowed 79.3 points per game for 304th in the NCAA. Neither team are inside the top-300 defensively in this matchup. Detroit has allowed at least 80 points in three of their last four games and in four of six outings. Shooters are hitting just under 50% against Detroit at a 48.9% conversion rate from the field against the Titans. With neither team having any interest in playing defense, an opportunity for a play on the OVER looks appropriate in this spot.