Wright State vs. Toledo - 11/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toledo Rockets (1-1) at Wright State Raiders (2-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nutter Center)
The Line: Wright State Raiders +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Toledo Rockets will travel to the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Toledo Rockets improved to 1-1 on the season after defeating the Youngstown State Penguins, 103-98 (OT), this past Tuesday. Toledo reached out to a 43-27 halftime lead in this one, however, had to win the game in OT after allowing Youngstown State’s Cameron Morse to hit a game-tying three-pointers at the end of regulation. Toledo shot 45.1% from the field and made 73.3% (33-45) of their free-throws in the victory. Leading the way for Toledo was Steve Taylor Jr. who had a double-double with 22 points, 23 rebounds, and 4 assists. Offensively, Toledo is averaging 89.5 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field and 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Rockets have done a nice job of getting to the FT-line early on the season and currently are shooting 73.8% from the line. On the season, Toledo has been led by Jonathan Williams (21.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg), Steve Taylor Jr. (18.0 ppg, 15.0 rpg, 3.5 apg), Daniel Dzierzawski (16.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Jordan Lauf (11.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg). Defensively, Toledo is allowing their opponents to average 87.5 ppg on 46.9% shooting.
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The Wright State Raiders improved to 2-0 on the season after defeating the Miami (OH) Redhawks, 89-87, this past Tuesday. Wright State raced out early in this one taking a 53-32 halftime lead, however, had to hang on for the victory after they allowed the Redhawks to fight back in the game with a 25-6 run to start the 2nd half. Wright State was able to pick up the win despite allowing Miami (OH) to shoot 51.7% from the field and 57.9% (11-19) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Raiders was Mark Alstork who had a double-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Offensively, Wright State is averaging 87.0 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. Wright State is averaging 10.5 three-pointers per game on 43.8% shooting from beyond the arc. On the season, Wright State has been led by Mark Alstork (29.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 6.0 apg), Steven Davis (21.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg), Justin Mitchell (11.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg), and Mike La Tulip (8.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg). Defensively, Wright State is allowing their opponents to average 84.0 ppg on 51.3% shooting.
The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Raiders are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Toledo finished last season with just a 17-15 record and after losing two of their best players in Nathan Boothe (19.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and Stuckey Mosley (10.2 ppg, 4.0 apg), the Rockets will need to rely on their backcourt of Jonathan Williams and Marquette transfer, Steve Taylor Jr. to lead the way. Wright State has struggled a bit on the defensive end early in the season, however, has been getting some outstanding play in Mark Alstork to start the season. This has the potential of being a high scoring game, so I might put something on the over if the line is reasonable, however, if I had to pick a team, I think Wright State is the more talented team and will win this one at home. Take Wright State on the M/L.