Wright State vs. Miami-Ohio - 11/15/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami-Ohio RedHawks (1-0) at Wright State Raiders (1-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nutter Center)
The Line: Wright State Raiders -9 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds
TV: Spectrum Sports - Ohio; ESPN 3
The Miami (OH) Redhawks will travel to the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Miami (OH) Redhawks opened up their season with a convincing 84-57 victory over the D-III Muskingum Fighting Muskies, this past Friday. Miami (OH) had trouble putting away the Muskies as the Redhawks were up by only a 38-34 margin early in the 2nd half, however, used an 11-0 run to create some separation and secure the victory. Miami (OH) held Muskingum to just 27.5% shooting and outrebounded the Muskies by a 53-40 margin. Leading the way for Miami (OH) was Marcus Weathers who had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. Miami (OH) finished last season with a 13-20 record and will once again be young this season as they will have no seniors on scholarship. Miami (OH) does return Dian Wade (4.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Rod Mills (5.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg). Miami (OH) will hope that Citadel transfer Jack Wright and incoming freshman Marcus Weathers and Michael Weathers can make immediate contributions.
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The Wright State Raiders and first year Head Coach Scott Nagy opened their season on the right foot as they defeated the Southern Illinois Salukis, 85-81, this past Friday. Wright State came back from a 35-31 halftime deficit and was outstanding down the stretch at the FT-line to hang on the for the victory. Wright State shot 46.6% from the field and 52.6% (10-19) from beyond the and outrebounded the Salukis by a 41-25 margin. Leading the way for Wright State was Mark Alstork who had 30 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, and a steal. The Raiders lost some key players in JT Yoho (12.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Michael Karena (9.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg), and Joe Thomasson (9.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg) however, do return one of the best guards in the conference in Mark Alstork (12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg). Wright State got back Steven Davis who missed the entire 2015-16 season due to injury and will also heavily rely on Grant Benzinger and Mike LaTulip.
The Redhawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall however, are just 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. Horizon League opponents. The Raiders are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Miami (OH) is a very young team and although they ended with a 27-point victory, it was surprising to see the D-III Muskingum hang around for as long as the Muskies did. Wright State surprisingly let go of Head Coach Billy Donlon after a 22-win season however, Scott Nagy is an experienced coach that should be able keep the Raiders competitive in the Horizon League. Wright State has a great player in Mark Alstork and after seeing Steven Davis have a big first game in his return from injury, I think Wright State will be able to do enough to cover this number at home. Take Wright State to cover.