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Detroit v MichiganAfter playing four years of high school basketball for Detroit Community High School, highly recruited guard/forward Byron “Bo” Zeigler, chose to take his talents to South Florida after considering offers from Providence, Iowa, Connecticut and more. However, on Saturday afternoon, Zeigler will be returning back to home to Detroit, as the South Florida Bulls take on the Detroit Titans for the second year in a row.

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Although, the average fan may not consider Zeigler to be a key threat against the Titans this Saturday, considering he is currently averaging six points and five rebounds per game. Detroit assistant coach Ernie Zeigler, who is also the uncle of Bo knows better than to underestimate his nephew’s ability on the court and the impact he can have against the Titans.

“He’s done a really great job.” Coach Zeigler said. “He had a red-shirt year last year and now he is getting a chance to play. He will probably be in the starting line-up tomorrow for the main reason that he has really developed his ability to play a versatile role for them.”

“In short, he is kind of the jack of all trades for them. Defensively, I assume he will be matched up with Juwan (Howard Jr.) but at the same time, he is very active when scoring in the post plus he knows how to move the ball well. So I’m very happy for him and just watching him and scouting him, causes me to have a moment of pride because he is part of Zeigler nation.”

At 6-foot-6 and 202 pounds with a 41 inch vertical, versatile is definitely one of the ways to describe the very athletic Zeigler. Even though, coach Zeigler made it clear above that he is very proud of the growth that his nephew is showing, it doesn’t change the fact that coach Zeigler knows that Bo can be force to be reckoned on the court.

In fact, the main area that coach Zeigler is most focused on when it comes to Bo, is the Titans ability to match Bo’s overall intensity and energy.

“We have to match his energy.” Zeigler replied. “Sometimes we get lackadaisical and we can’t be lackadaisical guarding him because he presents to many mismatches. So we just have to be ready to match his energy level and know that he is going to come in with  a lot of adrenaline and try to play well in front of family and friends.”

One thing’s for sure, there will be plenty of Zeigler family members and friends in attendance at the legendary Calihan Hall this Saturday, as they all gear up to see South Florida go up against Detroit. Which begs the question, who will Zeigler nation be supporting more this Saturday, coach Zeigler or Bo?

Let coach Zeigler tell it, he thinks Bo has the advantage, which is fine with him as long as the Titans continue last year’s trend where they defeated South Florida, 65-60.

“I think that Zeigler nation will be more represented for Bo, then it will be for my Titans but I do know there will be a few pulling for the Titans as well, so it’s going to be fun.” Coach Zeigler said with a smile. “Last year when we beat them down there, I definitely rubbed it in to Bo a little bit. So hopefully we can continue what we started down at Tampa last year and walk away with a good victory.”

Game Day Information:

Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and will be televised locally on WADL-38 and nationally on ESPN3.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the Titans’ Ticket office at (313) 993-1700. The Titans’ Ticket Office is located in Calihan Hall and is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Producer of “The Morning Heat” on Hot 107.5 and Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit

For more of L-Beasley’s (Lauren Beasley) sports news and in-depth sports content, click here.

Detroit Hosts South Florida Saturday, Coach Ernie Zeigler Speaks On Detroit Native Byron Zeigler was originally published on

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