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Detroit Mercy Titans
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School Name: University of Detroit Mercy
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Arena: Calihan Hall
Capacity: 8,295
Conference: Horizon League
Head coach: Mike Davis


The Detroit Mercy Titans represent the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) in Detroit, Michigan in NCAA Division I sports. Almost all UDM sports compete in the Horizon League, with the only exceptions being three sports not sponsored by that conference—fencing (a coeducational sport, with separate men's and women's squads) and men's and women's lacrosse.

The Titans men's basketball team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2012. The Titans' current head coach is Mike Davis.

Nicknames and branding

The Titans program was originally sponsored by the University of Detroit, a Roman Catholic institution founded in 1887 as Detroit College (the UD name was adopted in 1911). The original nickname was Tigers, but the Titans nickname was adopted in either 1919 or 1924, depending on the source.

In 1990, UD merged with Mercy College, a nearby Catholic school that had historically been all-female but had become coeducational by the time of the merger. The merged school immediately adopted the "Detroit Mercy" name. However, the athletic program did not add "Mercy" to its branding until 2017.

Season by Season Records

  • NOTE: The Titans did not field a basketball team in 1907-08 and 1908-09.
Season Team Overall Record Pct. Conf. Record Postseason
Independent
1905-06 Detroit Mercy 3-1 .750
1906-07 Detroit Mercy 1-3 .250
1909-10 Detroit Mercy 2-3 .400
1910-11 Detroit Mercy 6-0 1.000
1911-12 Detroit Mercy 6-5 .545
1912-13 Detroit Mercy 13-0 1.000
1913-14 Detroit Mercy 6-3 .667
1914-15 Detroit Mercy 3-5 .375
1915-16 Detroit Mercy 7-3 .700
1916-17 Detroit Mercy 5-4 .556
1917-18 Detroit Mercy 13-5 .722
1918-19 Detroit Mercy 4-5 .444
1919-20 Detroit Mercy 12-7 .632
1920-21 Detroit Mercy 10-8 .556
1921-22 Detroit Mercy 2-13 .133
1922-23 Detroit Mercy 9-7 .563
1923-24 Detroit Mercy 9-8 .529
1924-25 Detroit Mercy 6-6 .500
1925-26 Detroit Mercy 13-6 .684
1926-27 Detroit Mercy 8-9 .471
1927-28 Detroit Mercy 11-4 .733
1928-29 Detroit Mercy 4-11 .267
1929-30 Detroit Mercy 10-9 .526
1930-31 Detroit Mercy 10-9 .526
1931-32 Detroit Mercy 8-8 .500
1932-33 Detroit Mercy 12-5 .706
1933-34 Detroit Mercy 7-8 .467
1934-35 Detroit Mercy 4-10 .286
1935-36 Detroit Mercy 12-5 .706
1936-37 Detroit Mercy 11-5 .688
1937-38 Detroit Mercy 16-4 .800
1938-39 Detroit Mercy 15-5 .750
1939-40 Detroit Mercy 14-9 .609
1940-41 Detroit Mercy 11-10 .524
1941-42 Detroit Mercy 13-8 .619
1942-43 Detroit Mercy 15-5 .750
1943-44 Detroit Mercy 13-7 .650
1944-45 Detroit Mercy 8-12 .400
1945-46 Detroit Mercy 15-8 .652
1946-47 Detroit Mercy 12-13 .480
1947-48 Detroit Mercy 7-15 .318
1948-49 Detroit Mercy 12-10 .545
Missouri Valley Conference
1949-50 Detroit Mercy 20-6 .769 7-5
1950-51 Detroit Mercy 17-14 .548 7-7
1951-52 Detroit Mercy 14-12 .538 4-6
1952-53 Detroit Mercy 12-14 .462 4-6
1953-54 Detroit Mercy 11-17 .393 1-9
1954-55 Detroit Mercy 15-11 .577 2-8
1955-56 Detroit Mercy 13-12 .520 3-9
1956-57 Detroit Mercy 11-15 .423 5-9
Independent
1957-58 Detroit Mercy 13-12 .520
1958-59 Detroit Mercy 11-14 .440
1959-60 Detroit Mercy 20-7 .741 NIT 1st Round
1960-61 Detroit Mercy 18-9 .667 NIT 1st Round
1961-62 Detroit Mercy 15-12 .556 NCAA 1st Round
1962-63 Detroit Mercy 14-12 .538
1963-64 Detroit Mercy 14-11 .560
1964-65 Detroit Mercy 20-8 .714 NIT Quarterfinals
1965-66 Detroit Mercy 17-8 .680
1966-67 Detroit Mercy 10-15 .400
1967-68 Detroit Mercy 13-12 .520
1968-69 Detroit Mercy 16-10 .615
1969-70 Detroit Mercy 7-18 .280
1970-71 Detroit Mercy 14-12 .538
1971-72 Detroit Mercy 18-6 .750
1972-73 Detroit Mercy 16-9 .640
1973-74 Detroit Mercy 17-9 .654
1974-75 Detroit Mercy 17-9 .654
1975-76 Detroit Mercy 19-8 .704
1976-77 Detroit Mercy 26-3 .897 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1977-78 Detroit Mercy 25-4 .862 NIT Quarterfinals
1978-79 Detroit Mercy 22-6 .786 NCAA 1st Round
1979-80 Detroit Mercy 14-13 .519
Horizon League
1980-81 Detroit Mercy 9-18 .333 1-5
1981-82 Detroit Mercy 10-17 .370 6-6
1982-83 Detroit Mercy 12-17 .414 6-8
1983-84 Detroit Mercy 8-20 .286 4-10
1984-85 Detroit Mercy 16-12 .571 8-6
1985-86 Detroit Mercy 14-15 .483 7-5
1986-87 Detroit Mercy 7-21 .250 2-10
1987-88 Detroit Mercy 7-23 .233 2-8
1988-89 Detroit Mercy 7-21 .250 4-8
1989-90 Detroit Mercy 10-18 .357 3-11
1990-91 Detroit Mercy 9-19 .321 2-12
1991-92 Detroit Mercy 12-17 .414 1-9
1992-93 Detroit Mercy 15-12 .556 7-7
1993-94 Detroit Mercy 16-13 .552 5-5
1994-95 Detroit Mercy 13-15 .464 9-5
1995-96 Detroit Mercy 18-11 .621 8-8
1996-97 Detroit Mercy 16-13 .552 11-5
1997-98 Detroit Mercy 25-6 .802 12-2 NCAA 2nd Round
1998-99 Detroit Mercy 25-6 .802 12-2 NCAA 2nd Round
1999-2000 Detroit Mercy 20-12 .625 8-6
2000-01 Detroit Mercy 25-12 .676 10-4 NIT Final Four
2001-02 Detroit Mercy 18-13 .581 11-5 NIT Opening Round
2002-03 Detroit Mercy 18-12 .600 9-7
2003-04 Detroit Mercy 19-11 .633 10-6
2004-05 Detroit Mercy 14-16 .467 9-7
2005-06 Detroit Mercy 16-16 .500 8-8
2006-07 Detroit Mercy 11-19 .367 6-10
2007-08 Detroit Mercy 7-23 .233 3-15
2008-09 Detroit Mercy 7-23 .233 2-16
2009-10 Detroit Mercy 20-14 .588 9-9
2010-11 Detroit Mercy 17-16 .515 10-8
Totals 1,308-1,090 .545

NCAA Tournament results

The Titans have appeared in five NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 3–5.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1962 First Round Western Kentucky L 90–81
1977 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Middle Tennessee State
Michigan
W 93–76
L 86–81
1979 First Round Lamar L 95–87
1998 First Round
Second Round
St. John's
Purdue
W 66–64
L 80–65
1999 First Round
Second Round
UCLA
Ohio State
W 56–53
L 75–44

NIT Results

The Titans have appeared in six National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 5–7.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1960 First Round Villanova L 88–86
1961 First Round Holy Cross L 86–82
1965 First Round
Quarterfinals
La Salle
NYU
W 93–86
L 87–76
1978 First Round
Quarterfinals
VCU
North Carolina State
W 94–86
L 84–77
2001 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Third Place Game
Bradley
Connecticut
Dayton
Alabama
Memphis
W 68–49
W 67–61
W 59–42
L 74–63
L 86–71
2002 Opening Round Dayton L 80–69

Titans in the National Basketball Association

21 Detroit alumni have gone on to play in the NBA. They include:

  • Willie Green
  • Jermaine Jackson
  • Desmond Ferguson
  • John Long
  • Terry Tyler
  • Terry Duerod
  • Spencer Haywood
  • Dave Debusschere
  • Earl Cureton
  • Dorie Murrey
  • Guy Sparrow
  • Joe Kopicki

In the late seventies, Coach Dick Vitale led the Titans to two NCAA tournament appearances before heading the Detroit Pistons and later embarking on a broadcasting career that would put him in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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