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Oakland at Detroit Mercy: 2023-24 college basketball game preview, TV schedule

Greg Kampe of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies.(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Greg Kampe of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies.(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

Oakland and Detroit Mercy are playing in an in-state matchup from the state of Michigan, and the winner will have bragging rights in the rivalry.

The University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland Basketball engage in a rivalry known as the Metro Series; the two schools are only about 26 miles apart. The home of the Golden Grizzlies is in Rochester, Michigan, a suburb to the north of Detroit and UDM is located in northwest Detroit. Due to their proximity to Interstate 75, it takes less than 30 minutes to travel from one university to the other and to each other’s basketball arenas.

There aren’t many rival colleges that can claim to be so near to one another. Both teams participate in the Horizon Conference; UDM was an original member of the conference and Oakland joined it in 2013. Year after year, this rivalry becomes more significant, and this game might be remembered as a classic.

This rivalry game may not have a ton of excitement behind it due to the Titans not having won a game this season and Oakland going into this game as the favorite due to their road-upset victory against Xavier on Monday but when two rivals like this meet on the court, it more often then not, is a good game.

Game Details

Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 PM EST

Location: Calihan Hall, Detroit, MI.

TV/Streaming: ESPN+

Records: Home Team: Detroit Mercy (0-6) Away Team: Oakland (4-3)

Team profiles before this game

Detroit Mercy

Notable losses this season: At Toledo (60-94), at Ole Miss (69-70, at Cincinnati (61-93), and Eastern Michigan (72-76)

KenPom Ranking: 314

College Basketball Power Index Ranking: 313

RPI Rankings: 263


Best victories this season: Bowling Green (81-62), Loyola Marymount (74-69) in the Cayman Islands Classic, Marshall (78-71) in the Cayman Islands Classic, and at Xavier (78-76)

Notable Defeats this season:  At Ohio State (73-79), at Illinois (53-64), and Drake (77-85) in the Cayman Island Classic

KenPom Ranking: 130

College Basketball Power Index Ranking: 132

RPI Rankings: 43

Historical Rivalries Summary

The Golden Grizzlies have defeated the Titans in eight of the last ten meetings in this rivalry.

Detroit Mercy is currently on a one-game winning streak in this rivalry after winning the most recent meeting between these two universities on Feb. 17, 2023.

The Titans defeated the Golden Grizzlies 96-74 on the road in their most recent meeting between the two schools.

Oakland has the longest winning streak in this rivalry having won 10 straight games from 2/10/2017 to 1/22/2021.

Detroit Mercy won the first five games between these two schools from 11/23/1985 to 12/5/2000.

The Golden Grizzlies have not lost at the historic Calihan Hall since 2015.

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Game Prediction

This game will be closer than fans are predicting but Oakland will win this game by a final score of 76-65.