The no. 12-ranked Mott Community College Bears, winners of seven consecutive games, are set to take on unbeaten Oakland Community College at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night in Flint.
The two programs have competed in a few epic battles over the years, and this one should be no different.
It’s a little difficult to handicap this matchup, given Oakland’s schedule to this point in the season. Eight of the Raiders 13 wins this season have been against JV teams. By comparison, Oakland will be Mott’s fourth nationally-ranked opponent this season.
To do a little comparison shopping, we can look at common opponents. To date, there are two: Oakland beat Grand Rapids at home by 19 points. Mott beat Grand Rapids at home by, you guessed it, 19. The other common opponent is Lake Michigan College. Oakland beat them (on the road) by eight. Mott beat them (at home) by, of course, eight.
So that was a big waste of time. Moving on.
Oakland is among the top scoring JUCO teams in the country, pouring in a pretty crazy 106 points per game. That said, it’s worth noting that they scored the majority of those points against really bad teams. Mott, for its part, is one of the stingiest teams in the country on defense, holding opponents to a paltry 36 percent from the field on the season. In four of their last five games, Mott has held their opponents under 61 points.
Mott is led by sophomore guard Diandre Wilson, who leads the team with nearly 22 points and four assists per game.
The Raiders are led by former Mott guard Malik Young, who transferred to Oakland after playing his freshman season at Mott in 2014-15. Young, at less than six feet tall, has averaged 29 points per game this season. He is leading the nation in scoring by a healthy margin. The former Flint Southwestern standout is accompanied by freshman guard Frank Green, another former Flint area standout who has averaged 14 points per game.
Sophomore Robert McCalley, a transfer from Chicago, has returned to the Bears’ lineup after being sidelined with an injury last month. McCalley is a major factor on both ends of the floor for the Bears.
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