Detroit Mercy at Wright State: What you need to know about Thursday’s game

Wright State’s Loudon Love looks for room to manuever vs. Youngstown State at the Nutter Center on Jan. 18, 2020. Joseph Craven/WSU Athletics
Wright State’s Loudon Love looks for room to manuever vs. Youngstown State at the Nutter Center on Jan. 18, 2020. Joseph Craven/WSU Athletics

Who: Detroit Mercy (6-17, 4-6) at Wright State (19-5, 9-2)

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

TV/Radio: ESPN+/106.5

Series: Wright State leads 33-27

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 85-41 in his fourth year at Wright State and 485-281 in his 25th year overall. Mike Davis is 17-37 in his second year at Detroit and 369-278 in his 20th year overall, including a six-year stint as Bobby Knight's successor at Indiana.

Probable Wright State starters

Name Ht. Class Pos. Avg.

Loudon Love 6-9 Jr. C 15.5

Tanner Holden 6-6 Fr. F 11.8

Jaylon Hall 6-6 So. F 8.0

Bill Wampler 6-6 Sr. F 14.7

Cole Gentry 5-10 Sr. G 10.7

Probable Detroit starters

Marquis Moore 6-6 So. F 7.5

Alonde LaGrande 6-7 So. F 1.8

Antoine Davis 6-1 So. G 23.4

Chris Brandon 6-7 So. G 6.6

Sam Hofman 6-5 Fr. F 1.6

About Wright State: Love has 812 career rebounds and needs 17 to pass Sean Hammonds (1989-94) for second on the school's all-time list. Bill Edwards (1989-93) is first at 907. … The Raiders are 12th nationally in scoring with an 81.1 average and 39th among 353 teams in offensive efficiency (1.057 points per possesson). Getting to the foul line often has helped, even if they're shooting only 66.7%. They're eighth in free-throw attempts and 21st in makes. … In the first meeting with Detroit on Jan. 5, the Titans had a 69-63 lead, but the Raiders went on a 7-0 run in the final 2:06 for a 70-69 road win. Hall hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 16 seconds left. Davis had 24 points and six assists to lead all players, while Love had 23 points and a career-high 20 rebounds.

About Detroit: Justin Miller, a 6-6 senior forward, averages 10.7 points, and grad transfer Brad Calipari, a 6-foot guard and the son of Kentucky coach John Calipari, has a 6.7 average. … Davis became the first freshman to lead the Horizon League in scoring last season, finishing third in the nation with a 26.1 average. He broke Steph Curry's NCAA record for 3's as a freshman, notching 132. … The son of the coach is third in the nation in scoring, sixth in foul shooting (91.3%) and eighth in 3-pointers per game (3.41). He's a high-volume shooter and is hitting 35.3% from the field and 31.3 on 3's. Nagy said: "He's important, obviously, in terms of trying to get him stopped. But he makes other players better because there's so much focus on him. And they're big. In terms of the people we play, they're bigger and more athletic than everybody. They cause us problems because of that. We really struggled at their place and were fortunate to win."

Coming up: The Raiders host Oakland at 7 p.m. Saturday. They're home for two more next week before finishing the regular-season with three road games.