The Wright State Raiders will travel to the Athletics Center O’rena to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Wright State Raiders dropped to 7-9 (1-2 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Detroit Mercy Titans, 79-58, this past Thursday. Wright State had no answers for Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis who poured in 48 points agianst the Raiders defense and couldn’t fight back after the Titans took a 64-45 lead with 6:00 left in regulation. Wright State shot just 37.7% from the field and 18.2% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Raiders was Loudon Love who had 15 points & 5 rebounds.
On the season, Wright State is averaging 71.9 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Raiders are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wright State has been led by Billy Wampler (14.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg), Cole Gentry (13.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.4 spg), Loudon Love (13.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 bpg), and Mark Hughes (9.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.0 apg).
Defensively, Wright State is allowing their opponents to average 69.1 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Raiders have a rebound margin of 2.0 and a turnover margin of 2.3.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies won their 3rd straight game and improved to 7-9 (3-0 Horizon) after upsetting the Northern Kentucky Norse, 76-74, this past Thursday. Oakland fought back from a double-digit deficit early in the 2nd half to take the lead late and held in the closing seconds for the victory after a game-winning three-point attempt by the Norse’s Dantez Walton came up short with just :01 left in regulation. Oakland shot 49.0% from the field and 42.3% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was Xavier Hill-Mais who had 32 points, 3 rebounds, & 4 assists.
On the season, Oakland is averaging 77.8 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies are averaging 10.8 three-pointers per game on 42.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oakland has been led by Xavier Hill-Mais (22.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.2 apg), Jaevin Cumberland (16.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.8 apg), Braden Norris (9.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.3 spg), and Jordan Nobles (6.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.7 apg).
Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 79.6 ppg on 50.2% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies have a rebound margin of -5.8 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
The Raiders are 10-3-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points, however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Golden Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win, however, just 11-23 ATS in their last 34 games overall.
Wright State has lost 3 of their last 4 games and has had trouble generating offense this season as they come into this game ranked 234th in scoring offense & 278th in FG%. Oakland was able to follow-up two wins on the road to open up conference, with an impressive victory over Northern Kentucky in their first home game since late November. Oakland has a dangerous offense that ranks 95th in scoring offense, 8th in three-pointers made per game, and 4th in 3P-FG%, however, their defense has struggled as they rank 317th in scoring defense & 346th in defensive FG%.
Wright State is always a tough team to get a read on and this year is no different as we recently saw the Raiders give the 17th ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs all they could handle in a 67-64 loss and then just a week later, loss by 20 to Detroit Mercy while scoring just 58 points agianst the Titans T-253rd ranked scoring defense. Oakland is a tough place to play and although they Golden Grizzlies offense is scary as they can get hot from beyond the arc, the Golden Grizzlies need to be productive from beyond the arc to make up for a defense that gives up a bunch of points. Wright State has won 3 of the last 4 meetings in this match-up and as I think the Raiders will bounce back offensively in this game, I think the play is to take the Raiders in this pick-em.