The Toledo Rockets and the Wright State Raiders meet Tuesday in college basketball action from Nutter Center. Toledo is 2-0 on the young season. The Rockets are coming off a Saturday win over Louisiana. As for Wright State, they posted a blowout loss to Colorado State in their first matchup of the season. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Rockets have a couple of solid wins under their belt so far this year. Toledo took on Detroit Mercy in their opener, scoring 51 points in the first half and 43 more after the break in a 94-60 blowout victory. Ra’Heim Moss was the team’s top scorer with 15 points and eight rebounds. Javan Simmons added 14 points also.
In Saturday’s matchup versus Louisiana, Toledo was in trouble after the first half. Down 45-34, the Rockets surged in the second on 53 points for a comeback win 87-78. Tyler Cochran was the team’s top scorer with 18 points. Both Sonny Wilson and Moss scored 16 points apiece, combining for five assists and eight rebounds.
Wright State Raiders
Over on the Raiders’ side, they’ve only got one game under their belt so far this season—and it wasn’t a pretty one. All seemed to be going fairly well in the first half against Colorado State on Friday, as Wright State was only down 45-42. The Raiders gave up 60 points from there however, and ended up losing 105-77. Trey Calvin had a nice game on 33 points, though.
Wright State really suffered on defense during the loss to the Rams, allowing Isaiah Stevens to notch a school record 14 assists and a 9-of-10 line from the field in the defeat. Colorado State managed 37 assists on 42 baskets throughout the game, another record-setting number.
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I’m going to stay with Toledo. The Rockets got off to a slow start against Louisiana in their most recent outing, however everything worked out well once the team hit their stride. Toledo ended up hitting 57.1 percent from the field in that one, but there’s plenty to work on. The Rockets gave up 54.1 percent from the field on the other side and were out-rebounded 33-27.
As for Wright State, they started out well enough in their first game of the season. We all saw how the second half shaped out, though. I expect the Raiders to sharpen things up on the defensive end here, but if Toledo plays well I think they can still cover. It’ll be interesting to see how Wright State responds to the opener loss, though.