The Detroit Titans men's and women's basketball squads open up the 2011-12 NCAA basketball season on Friday, October 14 during “Tip It with the Titans” at Calihan Hall, beginning at 6 p.m.  UDM is Detroit's lone Division I basketball program. The men's team is receiving early accolades to compete for a Horizon League Championship -- with the two-time national finalist Butler Bulldogs -- and the women are looking to upend 2011 “Sweet Sixteen” participant Green Bay in 2012.

The Titans will partner will National Pastime Sports to put on a high octane and energized first practice open to the public.  Fans in attendance will get a glimpse of a new basketball floor, which will be named for famed ESPN analyst and former University of Detroit Coach Dick Vitale on December 5, 2011.  Along with seeing the new floor, the public will be able to meet the 2011-12 Titans including 2011 Team USA World University Games participant Ray McCallum.

The event is FREE and will see plenty of high-rise action with a dunk showcase, scrimmages, giveaways, and plenty of dancing with the Titan spirit squads and basketball teams.  Fans will also have an opportunity to win two seats on a charter flight to South Bend, Ind. for the men's basketball road game versus Notre Dame.  Fans must be present to win, and be either a Titan Club member or season ticket holder.  New season tickets and Titan Club memberships will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information call the Titan Athletic Office at 313-993-1700


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