Oakland Grizzlies vs. Wright State Raiders - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wright State Raiders (11-10) at Oakland Grizzlies (9-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Athletics Center Orena)
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The Wright State Raiders will travel to the Athletics Center O’rena to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this Wednesday night.
The Wright State Raiders snapped a three game losing streak and improved to 11-10 (3-4 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Detroit Titans 64-53 this past Monday. Wright State held Detroit to 40.0% shooting and forced Detroit into committing 16 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Raiders was Kendall Griffin who had 20 points and 4 rebounds. Wright State is ranked 137th in the RPI Standings and has played the 121st 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 (9.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.0 apg). Offensively, Wright State is averaging 64.9 ppg (ranked 234th) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 192nd). The Raiders are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 115th) on 33.7% three-point shooting (ranked 189th). Wright State is allowing their opponents to average 66.6 ppg (ranked 183rd) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 252nd). The Raiders have a turnover margin of 2.4 (ranked 42nd) however, pull down just 29.57 total rpg (ranked 333rd). J.T. Yoho will miss this game due to a foot injury.
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The Oakland Golden Grizzlies won their 4th straight game and improved to 9-12 (4-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Cleveland St. Vikings 59-56 this past Monday night. Oakland shot 75.0% (21-28) from the free-throw line and held Cleveland State to 28.6% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was Kahlil Felder who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. Oakland is ranked 180th in the RPI Standings and has played the 67th ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Grizzlies have been led by Kahlil Felder (16.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 7.2 apg, 2.2 spg) and Corey Petros (13.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.0 apg). Offensively, Oakland is averaging 71.0 ppg (ranked 94th) on 45.3% shooting (ranked 91st). The Golden Grizzlies average 7.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 70th) and 15.2 apg (ranked 39th). Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 74.2 ppg (ranked 330th) on 46.8% shooting (ranked 322nd). The Golden Grizzlies average 33.0 total rpg (ranked 252nd) and have a rebound margin of -0.6 (ranked 218th).
The Raiders are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 road games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Golden Grizzlies are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 game vs. the Horizon League.
Oakland is one of the toughest home teams in the conference as they’ve already beaten the top three ranked teams in the Horizon. Although Oakland have one of the worst defensives in the country, I don’t see Wright State scoring much without J.T. Yoho in the line-up. I’ve been backing Oakland at home since conference play and I have no reason not to believe they’ll will win and cover this matchup. Take Oakland to cover.