Indiana State at Wright State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Wright State’s Jaylon Hall goes up for a bucket against Western Kentucky at the Nutter Center on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Joseph Craven/WSU Athletics
Wright State’s Jaylon Hall goes up for a bucket against Western Kentucky at the Nutter Center on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Joseph Craven/WSU Athletics

Who: Indiana State (4-4) at Wright State (7-2)

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

TV/Radio: ESPN+/106.5-FM

Series: Indiana State leads 1-0

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 73-38 in his fourth year at Wright State and 483-278 in his 25th year overall. Greg Lansing is 151-146 in his 10th season at Indiana State with one trip to the NCAA tourney and two to the NIT.

Probable Wright State starters

Name Ht. Class Pos. Avg.

Grant Basile 6-9 Fr. C 8.4

Tanner Holden 6-6 Fr. F 8.8

Jaylon Hall 6-6 So. F 9.3

Bill Wampler 6-6 Sr. G 16.1

Cole Gentry 5-10 Sr. G 10.6

Probable Indiana State starters

Tre Williams 6-7 Fr. C 5.0

Jake LaRavia 6-8 Fr. F 6.0

Tyreke Key 6-2 Jr. G 18.3

Jordan Barnes 5-10 Sr. G 13.1

Cooper Neese 6-4 So. G 10.3

About Wright State: Wampler is second in the Horizon League in free-throw percentage at 87.9, trailing the 90.2 mark of Detroit sophomore Antoine Davis, who is averaging a league-high 24.9 points. Wampler is sixth in scoring and 3-pointers per game (2.4). … Gentry lifted his average into double-figures after scoring 17 Tuesday against Western Kentucky in his best game of the year. He also did an outstanding defensive job on WKU grad transfer Camron Justice, who was an All-Horizon League player at IUPUI. Gentry said of his mini-slump: "I stuck with my routine — just focus on my teammates and not myself and try to work my way through it. My teammates helped me through it by believing in me when I wasn't playing as good."

About Indiana State: The Sycamores gave 19th-ranked Dayton a test in the season opener, losing 86-81 before a sellout crowd at UD Arena. Tyreke Key, who led the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring last year with a 17.4 average, had 21 points. … Trips to Ohio before this year were rare for the Sycamores, who last played in the Buckeye State in the 2011 NCAA tourney in Cleveland. … Key was named preseason first-team all-league, while Barnes, who averaged 14.6 last year, was a second-team pick. The Sycamores, who went 15-16 in 2018-19, were picked sixth in the 10-team conference. They started 0-4, including a loss to top-ranked Louisville, but have won four straight. Their first six games were away from home, but they've beaten Missouri-St. Louis and North Dakota State in Terra Haute. … They notched the 1,500th win in the program's 125-year history in a 71-60 victory Tuesday over NDSU. Key set a school record for consecutive free throws in the game, making his first nine for 32 in a row.

Coming up: The Raiders host Southern at 7 p.m. Thursday and Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. After a road trip to Toledo, they begin league play at home Dec. 28 against Green Bay.