Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Detroit's schedule looks like fun
By Diamond Leung
In a YouTube video interview discussing Detroit's schedule this season, coach Ray McCallum appears to misspeak, calling his season-opening opponent the "University of Mexico."
But there was no flubbing the actual schedule, with the Titans playing three teams coming off 30-win seasons, including the University of New Mexico to open the season.
Really, McCallum is well aware of the challenge and opportunity of playing the Lobos on the debut of the renovated Pit, with his son and top recruit, Ray McCallum, Jr., set to make his debut in a hostile environment.
"They were a No. 3 seed and a top-10 team in the country last year and will be back in the NCAA tournament," the elder McCallum said. "I think that's how your team can grow and learn a lot about themselves."
Three days later, the Titans will play at Syracuse as part of the Legends Classic and then treat their fans by hosting a subregional of the event, facing Albany, Bowling Green and Niagara on consecutive nights.
On Dec. 18, Detroit will get time on national television playing at Central Michigan in a game that had its tipoff time changed in order to accommodate ESPNU and is sure to attract attention.
It'll be a battle between two teams featuring fathers as coaches and freshman sons who were highly recruited but chose to play for mid-major programs. Central Michigan coach Ernie Zeigler and his son, Trey, will look forward to matching up against Detroit's duo.
Only after that does the Horizon League schedule begin, with games against Butler on ESPN as well.