The Syracuse Orange men's basketball team began their time in the Chevrolet Gotham Classic with an 85-61 win over the Canisius Golden Griffins.
Despite winning by more than 20 points, the Orange struggled to create separation in the first half against the Golden Griffins, allowing Canisius inside not only to score but to also rebound the ball.
After turning on in the second half and becoming more tenacious at the rim, Syracuse heads into this match-up with the University of Detroit Mercy Titans.
The Orange are 9-0, while the Titans enter this game, their first in the Chevrolet Gotham Classic, at 6-4.
Here is a look at what you need to know about Detroit:
1. Veteran leadership:
McCallum, who is on the floor the most of all four veterans, has attained the most points, on average, with almost 20 per match.
Minnerath and Anderson also aid on the boards, both average about six rebounds per game to lead the Titans.
Detroit averages about 36 rebounds per game.
Syracuse went into their first match of the Chevrolet Gotham Classic leading the country in rebounds, with a little under 52 per game.
They came out well under their average with 34, losing the rebound battle for the first time in nine games this season.
Quickness to the ball provided second chances for Canisius and helped keep the game close in the first half, something Detroit must take heed of.
McCallum, Calliste, and Anderson are the team's returning starters. Among the three of them, they attain about 33 points and 13 rebounds per contest for the Titans.
Detroit has been going at least 10 deep in the last few games, giving them an opportunity to play two completely different lineups if need be.
4. Threat from distance:
The Titans have taken 20 to 30 attempts from three-point range in all of the previous four games leading to this match versus Syracuse.
After shooting below 40% in each of the first six games, Detroit has connected more often from deep in the last four games, shooting 40% or better in each of those contests.
Of all Titans' players who have taken at least 40 attempts from long range, Juwan Howard, Jr., is the best shooter for Detroit, connecting almost 50% of the time, making 19 of his 40 shots from beyond the arc.
5. Father-Son tandem:
Ray McCallum, Sr., is in his fifth season at the helm of the Detroit Titans. He has helped lead Detroit from a 7-23 record in his first season to a Horizon League title last season and a 22-14 record.
Ray McCallum, Jr., is in his third season at Detroit and under the tutelage of his father. From his first season, 2009-10, to now, McCallum, Jr., has increased his point total per game, field-goal percentage, and percentage from three-point range.
McCallum, Jr., has also been successful in lower his turnovers per game, while remaining consistent in his assists and rebounds per game.
An interesting fact:
Juwan Howard, Jr., is the son of well-known Michigan Wolverines' and NBA alum of the same name. His father was a member of the historical "Fab Five" that also included Ray Jackson, Jimmy King, Jalen Rose, and Chris Webber.