College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Oakland

Wright State guard Mike La Tulip makes a move to the hoop during Tuesday’s game against Urbana at the Nutter Center. TIM ZECHAR / CONTRIBUTED

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Wright State guard Mike La Tulip makes a move to the hoop during Tuesday’s game against Urbana at the Nutter Center. TIM ZECHAR / CONTRIBUTED

When: 7:05 p.m. Thursday

Where: Athletics Center O'rena, Rochester, Mich.

TV/Radio: ESPN3, 106.5-FM

Series: Wright State leads 8-6

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 9-4 at Wright State and 419-244 in 22 seasons overall. Greg Kampe is 568-418 in his 33rd season with Oakland. Kampe, a native of Defiance, is one of four active college coaches with over 500 wins at one school.

Probable Wright State starters

Parker Ernsthausen 6-11; So.; C; 4.4

Steven Davis 6-8; Sr.; F; 15.3

Mark Alstork 6-5; Jr.; G; 20.4

Justin Mitchell 6-4; Jr.; G; 10.5

Grant Benzinger 6-3; Jr.; G; 11.5

Probable Oakland starters

Isaiah Brock 6-8; Fr.; F; 6.5

Jalen Hayes 6-7; Jr..; F; 12.8

Martez Walker 6-6; Jr.; G; 17.6

Sherron Dorsey-Walker 6-4; Sr.; G; 11.6

Stevie Clark 5-11; Jr.; G; 8.3

About Wright State: Wright State went 9-4 in nonconference play, which matches its best start since 2012-13. … The Raiders are shooting 40.1 percent on 3-pointers, which is the 25th-best mark nationally. Guard Mark Alstork made 10-of-19 3-point attempts (52.6 percent) in the last two games. Alstork has averaged 26 points per game in the last two games. … Wright State is shooting 76.7-clip on foul shots, which ranks 20th in the country. The Raiders are also 20th in free throws made (244) and 41st in free throws attempted (318). … Wright State has allowed an average of 62.5 points in their last two games, which is their best defensive performance in any two-game stretch against Division I opponents this season. … The Raiders have won their last four Horizon League openers.

About Oakland: Oakland has won 10 consecutive home league openers and is 15-2 since joining Div. I. … The Golden Grizzlies are holding opponents to an average of 0.9 points per possession. They allow the fewest points (67.9) per game of any Horizon League team. … Oakland is ranked 13th in the country in assists per game (18.5). Clark, a junior guard and transfer from Oklahoma State, is 21st in the country with 71 total assists this season. … Jaevin Cumberland, a Wilmington graduate, is one of several key bench players for Oakland. Cumberland averages 6.8 minutes and 3.3 points per game. He scored a career-high 16 points in a win over Goshen on Nov. 18. … The Grizzlies have made at least one 3-pointer in 883 consecutive games, which is the 9th-best streak in the country. … Oakland is averaging 2,770 fans per game at the O'rena.

Horizon League update: Three other teams aside from Wright State earned at least nine wins in nonconference games: Northern Kentucky, Valparaiso, and Oakland. Oakland's 10-3 record is the best of any league team, while Detroit Mercy's 2-10 is the worst.

Coming up: After Thursday's game, the Raiders stay in Michigan and face Detroit Mercy on Saturday afternoon. They return to the Nutter Center on Jan. 5 to face Cleveland State.

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