Martez Walker leads the team with an average of 17.6 points per game. Walker, a junior guard, scored a career-high 30 points against Georgia. Three other players average over eight points per game.
“They’re very good offensively and have several good offensive players,” Nagy said. “There’s not one guy you can key on, which makes it more difficult for your defense. I think size-wise we match up to them pretty good. Depth-wise, they kind of have us there.”
Oakland has relied on a deep bench to fule its defense. All but one of the Grizzlies’ reserve players average at least 10 minutes per game and have seen the court in every game. Jaevin Cumberland, a Wilmington graduate, is one of those bench players.
Nagy said he suspects the Grizzlies’ starters will get more playing time now that conference play is underway, but he said their depth makes it harder to plan.
“That makes it tough to play them early (in league play) without knowing for sure if they’ll play their starters more or not,” Nagy said. “Having that kind of depth helps on defense, and they’ve played excellent on defense. They do have more depth than us, but just about everybody we’ve played has more depth, and we’ve faired pretty well.”
Wright State (9-4) enters the game on a three-game winning streak. The Raiders have had only one game at the Nutter Center this month, but Nagy said the time on the road has prepared the team for long trips in conference play.
“All road games are tough, regardless of who you’re playing,” Nagy said. “Once you get into league play — especially since we know each other so well and spend so much time watching film — that execution is really important.
“Emotional stability is important — you’ve got to be under control. Whether you win or lose on the road, you have to be able to bounce back and play in two days.”
After Thursday’s game, Wright State will play at Detroit on Saturday and then return home to play Cleveland State on Jan. 5.
The Raiders beat Oakland by four points in the Horizon League tournament last season but had lost the previous four games in the series, including twice in regular season last year.
Wright State at Oakland, 7 p.m., 106.5