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Wright State vs. Green Bay - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Green Bay at Wright State
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Nutter Center
Dayton, OH
The Line
Wright State Raiders -9 -- Over/Under: 155.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The Green Bay Phoenix will travel to the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Green Bay Phoenix dropped to 10-11 (4-4 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Kentucky Norse, 87-65, this past Thursday. Green Bay had no answers on either end of the court for the conference leading Norse and couldn’t fight back after Northern Kentucky took a 52-30 lead early in the 2nd half. Green Bay allowed Northern Kentucky to shoot 52.2% from the field, while the Phoenix shot just 38.5% from the field & 20.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Sandy Cohen III who had 19 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block.

On the season, Green Bay is averaging 83.9 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 34.5% from beyond the arc. Offensively, Green Bay has been led by Sandy Cohen III (17.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.0 spg, 1.2 bpg), JayQuan McCloud (14.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.9 apg), Kameron Hankerson (9.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg), and PJ Pipes (6.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 83.2 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of -4.5 and a turnover margin of 3.4.

The Wright State Raiders won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-10 (5-3 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Milwaukee Panthers, 56-54, this past Thursday. Wright State struggled offensively against Milwaukee and allowed to Panthers to make it a game late, however, the Raiders were able to hang on for the victory late after taking a 55-54 lead with 2:20 left in regulation. Wright State shot just 34.0% from the field & 18.5% from beyond the arc, however, did outrebounded Milwaukee by a 38-30 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Raiders was Loudon Love who had a double-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Wright State is averaging 72.8 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Raiders are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wright State has been led by Loudon Love (14.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 bpg), Billy Wampler (14.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.2 apg), Cole Gentry (13.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg), and Mark Hughes (10.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg).

Defensively, Wright State is allowing their opponents to an average of 68.6 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Raiders have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of 2.5.

The Phoenix are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up loss, however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Green Bay has lost 4 of their last 5 games and although they rank 16th in scoring offense, the Phoenix have struggled defensively as they rank just 346th in scoring defense & 274th in defensive FG%. Wright State has won 4 of their last 5 games and comes into this game ranked 195th in scoring offense and 111th in scoring defense.

Wright State is the better overall team, however, the Raiders tend to struggle more against high scoring teams with less than average defenses as we saw in their 79-58 loss earlier this agianst Detroit Mercy. Green Bay has picked up solid wins against Northern Illinois & Belmont this season and as I think they’ll be able to do enough offensive agianst the Raiders defense, I think the Phoenix cover with the points in this one.

Pick:
Green Bay Phoenix +9

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