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Mississippi Valley State at Wright State: What you need to know about Tuesday’s game

Wright State point guard Cole Gentry pushes the ball up court against Kent State on Nov. 16, 2019, at the Nutter Center. Joseph Craven/WSU Athletics
Wright State point guard Cole Gentry pushes the ball up court against Kent State on Nov. 16, 2019, at the Nutter Center. Joseph Craven/WSU Athletics

Who: Mississippi Valley State (1-9) at Wright State (8-3)

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

TV/Radio: ESPN+/106.5-FM

Series: Wright State leads 2-0

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 74-38 in his fourth year at Wright State and 484-278 in his 25th year overall. Lindsey Hunter, who is in his first season at Mississippi Valley State, is a former first-round NBA draft pick who played in the league from 1993-2010.

Probable Wright State starters

Name Ht. Class Pos. Avg.

Grant Basile 6-9 Fr. C 10.0

Tanner Holden 6-6 Fr. F 9.1

Jaylon Hall 6-6 So. F 9.0

Bill Wampler 6-6 Sr. G 15.0

Cole Gentry 5-10 Sr. G 10.1

Probable Mississippi Valley State starters

Brandon Kimble 6-7 Jr. F 6.8

Jordan Lyons 6-7 Jr. F 7.9

Cossy Kowouto 6-6 So. F 0.5

Michael Green 6-3 Sr. G 19.6

Caleb Hunter 5-11 Fr. G 10.5

About Wright State: The Raiders are 3-1 without Loudon Love but have been out-rebounded in three of the four games. … Skyelar Potter has been held out of two games (Miami on Nov. 27 and Southern on Thursday) for undisclosed reasons. Asked about the sophomore guard's most recent absence, Nagy said only, "Coach's decision." … After playing sparingly last season, third-year sophomore post James Manns has been on a rampage. He had 26 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes against Southern and 13 points and four rebounds in 12 minutes against Indiana State on Dec. 7. Before that, he'd never played more than eight minutes. "It's a little like the Alan (Vest) situation," Nagy said of the former Raider who had a breakout season as a senior last year. "He's been such a great teammate, has never moped, has always kept a great attitude and done what we've asked him to do. He's been on the scout team, which can be humiliating for a guy, but he's never looked at it that way. I'm just so happy to be able to play him and for him to be doing well."

About Mississippi Valley State: The Delta Devils are coming off a 79-67 loss at Miami on Sunday. Green had a game-high 21 points. … They've played a rugged schedule with nine of 10 games on the road, including Utah and Iowa State. In their only home game, they notched a 124-70 win over North American, which started its basketball program five years ago. Their closest loss was by 10 points at Western Michigan. … They were picked to finish last in the 10-team Southwestern Athletic Conference. … They're shooting 36.2 percent from the field, 24.0 on 3-pointers and 52.9 on foul shots. They're allowing 95.5 points per game.

Coming up: The Raiders play their last non-conference game at Toledo at 2 p.m. Saturday. They open the Horizon League at home against Green Bay on Dec. 28 and Milwaukee on Dec. 30.