Detroit is touting all the offense it returns in 2014, throwing around words like "firepower" and "will-melt-the-polar-ice-caps" (I may have made that last one up):
On offense, the Titans might have the most potent attack in the MAAC with virtually its entire attack back along with most of their scoring midfield. Just look at the numbers that UDM brings to the field with its top nine goal and point scorers back in uniform: 126 of its 132 goals from a year ago (95.4%), 84 of 87 assists (96.5%) and 210 of its total 219 points (95.8%).
No problems, right? Cue the "NOT GREAT, BOB!":
|Adjusted Offensive Efficiency||24.90||56|
|Shots per Offensive Opportunity||0.94||60|
|Raw Offensive Shooting Rate||27.33%||32|
|Offensive Assist Rate||16.93||34|
|Opponent Save Percentage||54.17%||38|
|Strength of Schedule: Opposing Defenses Faced||31.30||42|
The Titans are likely to take a big step forward offensively this season simply because of the volume of offensive contributors returning to the program. Shayne Adams changes the entire look of the Titans' offense (he missed most of last season due to a shoulder injury), Mike Birney possesses a dirty bomb through the midfield, and Alex Maini was strong last season in the absence of Adams. There is enough ability here to believe that the Titans won't finish toward the bottom of the nation in offensive efficiency in 2014, but there is a lingering issue:
|Turnovers per 100 Offensive Opportunities||57.78||61|
|Unforced Turnovers per 100 Offensive Opportunities||29.77||62|
|Opponent Caused Turnovers per 100 Offensive Opportunities||28.02||60|
|Turnover Margin (per 100 Offensive Opportunities)||-2.29||38|
If the Titans are able to control their giveaways this spring -- especially unforced turnovers, a toxic black mold -- factors are in place for the Titans crush some skulls with their offense this season.