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Wright State Raiders vs. Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers - 2/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers (12-16) at Wright State Raiders (11-17)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nutter Center)

The Line: Wright State Raiders -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Milwaukee Panthers will travel to the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Milwaukee Panthers improved to 12-16 (7-7 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Cleveland State Vikings, 66-60, this past Sunday. Milwaukee shot 43.1% from the field and 42.1% (8-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was J.J. Panoske who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. Milwaukee is ranked 232nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 131st ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Steve McWhorter (14.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.4 apg) and Matt Tiby (12.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.9 apg). Milwaukee is averaging 65.0 ppg (ranked 231st) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 248th). The Panthers average 6.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 116th) and shoot 73.5% from the free-throw line (ranked 33rd).  Milwaukee is holding their opponents to an average of 69.5 ppg (ranked 261st) on 45.6% shooting (ranked 297th).  The Panthers commit 17.2 personal fouls per game (ranked 89th) and have a turnover margin of -1.9 (ranked 301st).

Wright State Raiders vs. Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers - 2/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Wright State Raiders dropped to 11-17 (3-11 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Valparaiso Crusaders, 55-48, this past Saturday. Wright State shot 39.2% from the field and 7.1% (1-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Raiders was Michael Karena who had 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. Wright State is ranked 212th in the RPI Standings and has played the 118th ranked SOS. On the season, the Raiders have been led by Joe Thomasson (10.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.2 apg) and Grant Benzinger (9.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.7 apg). Wright State is averaging 65.3 ppg (ranked 221st) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 131st). The Raiders average 6.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 140th) and commit 11.8 turnovers per game (ranked 76th).  Wright State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.8 ppg (ranked 246th) on 45.8% shooting (ranked 305th).  The Raiders pull down 29.07 total rpg (ranked 338th) and have a rebound margin of -5.4 (ranked 332nd).

The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall however, just 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games The Raiders are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Milwaukee has played better as of late as they've won 3 of their last 4 games and got their first road win of the season against UIC. Wright State has been devastated by injuries, including losing their leading scorer J.T. Yoho (16.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg), and have lost 7 straight games. Milwaukee has been playing well as of late and although they struggled on the road all season, there is no way I'm taking a Wright State team the way they've looked lately, especially if they are favorites. Take Milwaukee and the points. 

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Milwaukee Panthers +2.5

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