Scheduling's a vicious cycle for Detroit

Detroit out of the Horizon League was portrayed in a Washington Post article last month as a big, bad program that wouldn't schedule a game against nearby Oakland, which recently won the Summit League and went to the NCAA tournament.

(Oakland coach Greg) Kampe has had trouble scheduling Detroit. Finally, after Oakland center Keith Benson declared for the NBA draft, Detroit called and asked to start a series; Kampe agreed. The next week, Benson withdrew and the phone rang. It was Detroit, saying they have a scheduling conflict.

"That's the crap that happens," Kampe said.

But scheduling isn't easy for the so-called mid-majors no matter where on the food chain they stand. This week, it was the Detroit News reporting that no one wants to play Detroit and their top recruit Ray McCallum, Jr., especially at home.

"When we got Ray it really got challenging," Titans coach Ray McCallum Sr. said of his son.

McCallum works the phones but is used to coaches saying "Thanks but no thanks," when he asks them to play at Calihan Hall.


"I am trying to get more home games to get our (the team's) spirits up," McCallum said. "When you don't have a lot of home games, you get beat up and you're limping into the conference and your fans don't get to see you play and identify with your team. You don't get into a good routine heading into the season."

For now, Detroit has reportedly scheduled home games against Albany, Bowling Green and Niagara while also trying to convince USC to play at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Might the Titans have to revisit a game with Oakland?