Wright State Raiders (6-1) at Oakland Golden Grizzlies (2-9)
College Basketball: Friday, January 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Athletics Center Orena)
The Line: Oakland Golden Grizzlies +7 -- Over/Under: 151 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Wright State Raiders and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies meet Friday in college basketball action from Athletics Center O’rena.
Wright State is sitting at 6-1 so far. After a loss to open up the year, the Raiders have won six straight games. As for Oakland, they’re 2-9 this season. The Grizzlies faltered on a nine-game losing streak to kick off the year but have won their last pair. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Wright State began the 2020-21 college basketball season with a loss to Marshall, but it’s been all Ws since then. The Raiders have taken out Miami-OH, Bowling Green, Detroit (twice) and Green Bay (twice) in succession over their last half-dozen appearances.
In the 90-77 win over Green Bay in the Raiders’ last game, Wright State’s top scorer was Jaylon Hall with 22 points, three assists and two rebounds. Tanner Holden added 19 points with eight rebounds and three assists, and Loudon Love nearly doubled up on 15 points, nine rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes of action.
Over on the Oakland side, they faced some tough opponents during their first nine games and lost all of them. The Grizzlies’ defeats came courtesy of Xavier, Toledo, Bradley, Michigan, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Michigan State and UIC (twice). Since then it’s been two wins over Detroit, however.
In the 83-80 victory over the Titans on December 27, Oakland’s Jalen Moore led the way on 23 points with seven assists and three rebounds. Zion Young managed 19 points with six boards and two assists, and Rashad Williams chipped in 18 points with one assist in 31 minutes.
Oakland is 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six overall. The Grizzlies are 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine after a straight-up win and the over is 8-1 in their last nine overall.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Friday games and 4-0 ATS in their last four road games. The over is 6-1 in Wright State’s last seven road games and 4-1 in their last five overall.
PICK: I’m sticking with Wright State. It’s tough to evaluate Oakland this season though; the Grizzlies have had to fight through a gauntlet of big schools in the early-going. Over the last four games Oakland has played better but they’re still giving up a ton of points on the other side: 155 combined across their last two games. Wright State should have enough balanced scoring options to take advantage of that, and I like the Raiders to bang out a cover in this one.