Wright State vs. Green Bay - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix (10-16) at Wright State Raiders (18-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Nutter Center)
The Line: Wright State Raiders -14 -- Over/Under: 138 See the Latest Odds
TV: Spectrum Sports - Wisconsin; ESPN 3
The Green Bay Phoenix will travel to the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Green Bay Phoenix had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-16 (5-8 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Milwaukee Panthers, 76-58, this past Friday. Green Bay struggled protecting the ball in this one and couldn’t fight back after Milwaukee took a 52-31 lead with 13:20 left in regulation. Green Bay committed 20 turnovers and was outrebounded by the Panthers by a 38-29 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Manny Patterson who had 13 points, 9 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, Green Bay is averaging 74.2 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Green Bay has been led by Khalil Small (17.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Sandy Cohen III (13.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg), Kameron Hankerson (9.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg), and PJ Pipes (7.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.0 apg). Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 73.3 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of -0.9 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
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The Wright State Raiders improved to 18-7 (10-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Youngstown State Penguins, 83-57, this past Saturday. Wright State was outstanding on the defensive end against the high scoring Penguins and had no trouble cruising to victory in the 2nd half after taking a 40-25 halftime lead. Wright State shot 56.9% from the field while holding Youngstown State to 30.8% shooting from the field and 17.6% (3-17) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Raiders was Cole Gentry who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. On the season, Wright State is averaging 72.3 ppg on 44.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Raiders are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wright State has been led by Grant Benzinger (14.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 apg), Loudon Love (12.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.0 bpg), Justin Mitchell (11.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.9 spg), and Cole Gentry (10.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Wright State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.5 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Raiders have a rebound margin of 2.2 and a turnover margin of 2.4. Justin Mitchell is currently questionable for this matchup as he had been away from the team due to a personal reason.
The Phoenix are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Raiders are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Green Bay has lost 7 of their last 10 games and has struggled offensively this season as the Phoenix currently rank just 168th in scoring offense, 310th in FG%, and 256th in 3P-FG%. Wright State rebounded from their upset loss at Cleveland State to easily take care of Youngstown State and come into this game with 31st ranked scoring defense, 57th ranked defensive FG%, and 47th ranked turnover margin. Wright State was able to put up 80 points on the Green Bay defense on the road in a 13-point road victory and as I think the Raiders will be able to win on both ends of the court at home, I’m taking Wright State to cover this double-digit spread.