Wright State Raiders (11-5) at Oakland Grizzlies (9-7)
|Date & Time||Sunday January 7, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Oakland Grizzlies -8.5 -- Over/Under:
My 20 - Detroit; ESPN 3
The Wright State Raiders will travel to the Athletics Center O’rena to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Wright State Raiders won their 4th straight game and improved to 11-5 (3-0 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Detroit Mercy Titans, 80-73, this past Friday. Wright State used a 26-10 run in the 1st half to help take a 43-27 halftime lead, and held off a late Detroit Mercy charge to secure the win. Wright State shot 45.3% from the field and 45.0% (9-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Raiders was Grant Benzinger who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, Wright State is averaging 69.4 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Raiders are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wright State has been led by Grant Benzinger (14.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.2 apg), Justin Mitchell (11.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.1 spg), Loudon Love (9.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg), and Mark Hughes (9.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.1 apg). Defensively, Wright State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Raiders have a rebound margin of 2.0 and a turnover margin of 3.0.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 9-7 (1-2 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Kentucky Norse, 87-83, this past Friday. Oakland went into halftime with a 47-41 lead, however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after the Norse took a 79-74 lead with 1:29 left in regulation. Oakland allowed Northern Kentucky to shoot 52.5% from the field and was outrebounded by the Norse by a 38-25 margin. Leading the way for the Golden Grizzles was Kendrick Nunn who had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Oakland is averaging 80.5 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oakland has been led by Kendrick Nunn (25.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.5 spg), Jalen Hayes (19.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), Martez Walker (19.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Nick Daniels (8.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 80.1 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of -1.5.
The Raiders are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win and just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Golden Grizzlies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. Horizon League opponents however, are just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Wright State continues to pile up the wins as the Raiders have won 7 of their last 8 games, and have been led by their defense this season that ranks 31st in scoring defense, 87th in steals per game, and 159th in defensive FG%. Oakland has dropped a couple of tough games recently against Green Bay and Northern Kentucky, however, the Golden Grizzlies still look to be one of the tougher teams in the Horizon this season led by their offense that ranks 64th in scoring offense and T-67th in three-pointers per game. Wright State is just 3-4 on the road this season and as I like how Kendrick Nunn has been playing as of late, I think the Golden Grizzlies do enough on their home court to cover this spread.