Dan Leach, the play by play voice of Detroit Titans basketball on 1270-AM, answers three questions before Saturday’s game. His interview with Titans coach Ray McCallum can be seen here.
Q: Detroit ranks 23rd nationally in steals. How are the Titans generating so many turnovers and which players cause the most trouble on defense?
Detroit has really played pressure D all season long which has really given teams trouble. Sophomore guard Jarod Williams really worked on his defense during the off-season and it has shown as he has been a steal machine and has really locked down whoever he has guarded. Sophomore Matt Grant has really started off this year playing solid D as well and Horizon League preseason Player of the Year candidate and captain Juwan Howard Jr. has been able to hurt opponents when they have come into the lane and has been strong on the glass.
Q: Youssoupha Kane and Chris Jenkins are eligible on Saturday. What kind of contributions do you expect from them in their first game?
Kane is a little raw, but has tremendous size at 6-9 and a very high basketball IQ. He will have an impact on defense right away and could end up being a threat on offense as he gets into game shape. Chris Jenkins could be a lynch-pin type of player that, as he works himself into the rotation, has the talent to take over games. He will be ready and focused right away as he has been working towards this moment for over a year and has practiced extremely well with the team this season.
Q: Describe Calihan Hall and the home-court advantage it might offer on Saturday?
Calihan Hall is one of the most venerable buildings in college basketball with such a tremendous amount of history and legendary athletes that have played there since it opened in 1952. It makes you feel like you’re watching a basketball game out of the movie "Hoosiers" , which rings of sweet nostalgia and a special era of college hoops. Last year when the Titans played nearby rival Oakland University there was almost 8,000 people that packed the building and it was absolutely electric. With the early tip on Saturday there likely won't be as many in attendance as the Oakland game, but there will be a large crowd that will make it very loud inside Calihan and give the Titans a big home-court advantage.