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Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers vs. Wright State Raiders - 1/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wright State Raiders (10-9) at Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers (6-12)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm (UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena)

The Line: Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - Wisconsin

The Wright State Raiders will travel to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena to take on the Milwaukee Panthers this Tuesday night.

The Wright State Raiders dropped to 10-9 (2-3 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Valparaiso Crusaders 66-56 this past Saturday. Wright State allowed Valparaiso to shoot 40.7% from the field and was outrebounded by the Crusaders by a 46-25 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Raiders was Reggie Arceneaux who had 10 points and 3 rebounds. Wright State is ranked 133rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 99th ranked SOS. On the season, the Raiders have been led by JT Yoho (16.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Joe Thomasson (10.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.1 apg). Offensively, Wright State is averaging 66.2 ppg (ranked 205th) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 159th). The Raiders average only 11.5 turnovers per game (ranked 53rd) and have a turnover margin of 2.2 (ranked 50th). Defensively, Wright State is allowing their opponents to average 67.3 ppg (ranked 201st) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 253rd). The Raiders average only 22.16 defensive rpg (ranked 285th) and 30.05 total rpg (ranked 329th).  J.T. Yoho is out of this contest with a foot injury.

Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers vs. Wright State Raiders - 1/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Milwaukee Panthers snapped a six game losing streak and improved to 6-12 (1-3 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Youngstown State Penguins 77-62 this past Wednesday. Milwaukee shot 62.2% from the field and 44.4% (8-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Steve McWhorter who had a double-double with 16 points, 12 assists, and 4 rebounds. Milwaukee is ranked 279th in the RPI Standings and has the 153rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Steve McWhorter (14.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.4 spg) and Matt Tiby (11.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, Milwaukee is averaging 64.3 ppg (ranked 258th) on 41.4% shooting (ranked 268th). The Panthers shot 72.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 69th) and average 6.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 130th). Defensively, Milwaukee is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg (ranked 299th) on 46.2% shooting (ranked 310th). The Panthers are allowing opponents to shoot 41.2% from beyond the arc (ranked 344th) and average 32.72 defensive rpg (ranked 261st).

The Raiders are 11-4 ATS in their 15 games following a ATS loss however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Panthers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.

Although Milwaukee has really struggled this year, they’ve looked a lot better in their last two games at home vs. Green Bay and Youngstown State. Losing J.T. Yoho is a huge loss for Wright State and since they’ve lost him, the Raiders have really struggled. Milwaukee is a tough place to play and until Wright State shows me that they can win without J.T. Yoho, I’m not going to take them as an away-favorite. Take Milwaukee and the points in this one. 

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