Wright State Raiders vs. Oakland Grizzlies Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/7/14
Oakland Grizzlies (13-19) at Wright State Raiders (18-13)
College Basketball: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Resch Center)
The Line: Wright State Raiders -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: The sixth- seeded Oakland Grizzlies square off with the third-seeded Wright State Raiders in the second round of the Horizon League Tournament Friday.
The Breakdown: Oakland narrowly survived its opening round game against #7 seed Youngstown State Tuesday, escaping with a 96-92 overtime victory. Senior G Travis Bader forced the extra frame with two free throws at the end of regulation, then iced the game in OT with another pair of foul shots. Bader posted a career-high 39 points, including a perfect 18 of 18 from the stripe. Junior C Corey Petros had 17 points and 9 rebounds and senior G Duke Mondy added 16 points and 6 boards. Oakland connected on 38.8 percent from the floor, 38.2 percent from outside the arc and converted 31 of 45 from the foul line.
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Meanwhile, Wright State received a first round bye, finishing the regular season at 10-6 for 3rd place in the conference. The Raiders topped Illinois-Chicago 68-61 in the finale behind an accurate 50.0 percent from the floor and assists on 17 of their 23 field goals. Wright State also finished with a 33-28 advantage on the glass and converted 15 of 26 from the free throw line. The Raiders ended their campaign averaging 67.4 ppg, 29.5 rpg, 13.3 apg and shooting 45.1 percent from the field.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -3 for Wright State. The Raiders swept the seasons series with Oakland, downing them by ten points at home back in January and escaping with a buzzer-beating 72-71 road victory three weeks ago. The common denominator in both games was Wright State handily outshooting the Grizzlies, while holding them well below their season average shooting percentage and also dominating the boards. Topping a conference rival three times in a row, though, is a tall order so look for at least a closer game than the spread.