Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs. Wright State Raiders - 1/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wright State Raiders (9-6) at Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (11-3)
College Basketball: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Resch Center)
The Line: Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - Wisconsin
The Wright State Raiders will travel to the Resch Center to take on the Green-Bay Phoenix this Monday night.
The Wright State Raiders improved to 9-6 (1-0 Horizon) on the season after beating the Detroit Titans 70-57 this past Friday. The Raiders shot 50.0% from the field while holding the Titans to just 34.5% shooting. Leading the way for Wright State was JT Yoho who had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Wright State is ranked 98th in the RPI Standings and has played the 94th ranked SOS. On the season the Raiders have been led by JT Yoho (17.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.9 apg), Joe Thomasson (11.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Chrishawn Hopkins (9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.7 apg). Offensively, Wright State is averaging 68.5 ppg (ranked 161st) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 137th). The Raiders make an average of 7.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 100th) on 33.0% shooting (ranked 207th). Wright State shoots 72.0% at the free-throw line (ranked 80th). Defensively, the Raiders allow an average of 67.8 ppg (ranked 220th) on 44.7% shooting (ranked 275th). Wright State average 22.6 defensive rpg (ranked 269th) and 31.0 total rpg (ranked 312th).
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The Green Bay Phoenix improved to 11-3 on the season after defeating the Chicago State Cougars 54-50 this past Wednesday. The Phoenix held the Cougars to 32.8% shooting from the field and 28.6% (6-21) from long-range in the victory. Leading the way for Green Bay was Keifer Sykes who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. The Phoenix are ranked 52nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 130th ranked SOS. On the season, Green Bay have been led by Keifer Sykes (17.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.8 spg), Carrington Love (10.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg), and Jordan Fouse (7.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 bpg). Offensively, the Phoenix is averaging 66.4 ppg (ranked 211th) on 46.0% shooting (ranked 71st). Green Bay doesn’t shot much from outside as they only average 4.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 319th) on 31.0% three-point shooting (ranked 261st). The Phoenix has struggled at the charity stripe as they are only shooting 59.6% as a team (ranked 340th). Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 57.4 ppg (ranked 20th) on 38.7% shooting (ranked 50th). The Phoenix are grabbing 25.07 defensive rpg (ranked 121st) and 35.79 total rpg (ranked 145th).
The Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Horizon League opponents and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Phoenix are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
The Green Bay Phoenix will be opening conference play as the favorites in the Horizon League this year and will be looking to its leader, Keifer Sykes, to bring the Phoenix to the NCAA tournament this year. Wright State has had a solid program, but lost its top four scorers from last year and has struggled offensively against tough competition this year. Although this line is a bit higher than I wish it was, I see the Green Bay defense causing Wright State all sorts of problems and that they get enough offensive behind Sykes and Love to cover this spread. Take Green Bay to cover!