Wright State vs. Oakland - 2/15/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Grizzlies (18-9) at Wright State Raiders (16-11)
College Basketball: Monday, February 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Nutter Center)
The Line: Wright State Raiders 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will travel to the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies improved to 18-9 (10-4 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Green Bay Phoenix, 111-93, this past Saturday. Oakland was able to score at will against Green Bay and had no trouble picking up the victory after gaining a 77-55 lead with just over 12 minutes left to play in the 2nd half. Oakland shot 50.7% from the field and 40.0% (12-30) from beyond the arc. The Golden Grizzlies allowed the Phoenix to shoot 42.1% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 16-14 margin. Leading the way for Oakland was Kahlil Felder who had 28 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, the Golden Grizzlies have been led by Kahlil Felder (24.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 9.1 apg), Jalen Hayes (13.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg), and Percy Gibson (11.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg). Offensively, Oakland is averaging 87.1 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field and 39.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Grizzlies average 8.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.35. Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 79.5 ppg on 43.4% shooting. The Golden Grizzlies have a rebound margin of 3.2 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
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The Wright State Raiders were able to rebound from their surprising loss to UIC to upset the Valparaiso Crusaders on the road, 61-59, this past Saturday to improve to 16-11 (10-4 Horizon) on the season. Wright State was able to gain a 33-24 halftime lead and was able to hold off Valparaiso after getting a game winning basket by Biggie Minnis with just one second left to play. Wright State shot 48.9% from the field and 54.5% (6-11) from beyond the arc. The Raiders held the Crusaders to shoot 41.7% from the field and 26.9 (7-26) from three-point range. Leading the way for Wright State was Joe Thomasson who had 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, the Raiders have been led by JT Yoho (13.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.5 apg), Mark Alstork (12.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Joe Thomasson (10.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.4 apg). Offensively, Wright State is averaging 67.9 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field and 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Raiders average 7.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.14. Defensively, Wright State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 42.6% shooting. The Raiders have a rebound margin of -3.6 and a turnover margin of 2.1.
The Golden Grizzlies are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Horizon League opponents and 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Raiders are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Oakland has won 7 of their last 8 games and has been outstanding offensively in that stretch as they Golden Grizzlies are averaging 92 ppg. Wright State seems to have Valparaiso’s number this season as they are only Horizon team that has been able to knock off the Crusaders and have been successful largely due to their defensive that ranks 42nd in the country in scoring defense. Wright State has the talent to be able to beat everyone but can be inconsistent and as they have struggled against high-scoring teams, I think Kahlil Felder and Oakland will be able to get the win in this one.