Ohio will trade the bricks of Athens for the city streets of Detroit this week. It is set to play a nonconference game against Detroit Mercy (1-1, 0-0 Horizon League) on Wednesday.
Ohio (1-1, 0-0 Mid-American Conference) started its nonconference slate with a last-second loss to Belmont, but made up for it with a win over Cleveland State. Now, it will look to start a win streak.
Opponent: Detroit Mercy
Location and time: Calihan Hall at 7 p.m.
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Meet the Opponent
Head coach: Mike Davis (fifth season)
Team statistical information
Points per game: 79.5
Field goal percentage: 44.1%
3-point percentage: 36.9%
Free throw percentage: 70.5%
Total rebounds: 82
Turnovers per game: 11.0
Steals per game: 6.0
The Bobcats have won the past four against the Titans since the 2004-05 season and lead the all-time series 4-1. The Titans last won in 1971 when they defeated the Bobcats 84-77 at a tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The last time the two faced each other was November 2019. Ohio defeated Detroit Mercy 91-81 in The Convo. Detroit Mercy managed to dig itself into a 25-point hole in the first half, but it found a way to cut Ohio’s lead to a single point in the second half. However, Detroit Mercy did not complete the comeback.
Things to note
Detroit Mercy and Ohio are in a similar situation. Detroit Mercy only returned one starter from last year and has 11 newcomers. A majority of its roster are transfers, including its leading rebounder, Jayden Stone. Three of Detroit Mercy’s starters transferred to the institution ahead of this season. There are also six graduates on Detroit Mercy’s roster, a majority of whom were not with Detroit Mercy in 2019.
Ohio’s Jaylin Hunter and Detroit Mercy’s A.J. Oliver used to be teammates at Old Dominion up until this season.
The Titans have won 17 of their last 18 home games.
Graduate student Antoine Davis is Detroit Mercy’s all-time leading scorer and is second in Horizon League history with 2,777 points. He is also head coach Davis’s son and assistant coach Mike Davis Jr.’s brother. He was a walk-on in 2018 after he originally committed to play at Houston.