Who: Northern Kentucky (20-6, 10-3) at Wright State (15-11, 9-4)
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Series: Wright State leads 23-11
Coaches: Scott Nagy is 60-33 in his third year at Wright State and 470-273 in 24 years overall. John Brannen is in his fourth year at NKU and has a 76-49 overall record, including a 1-1 mark as interim coach at Alabama after Anthony Grant was fired in 2014-15.
Probable Wright State starters
Mark Hughes, 6-4, Sr., G, 9.8
Cole Gentry, 5-10, Jr., G, 12.7
Alan Vest, 6-3, Sr., G, 4.8
Loudon Love, 6-9, So., F, 15.0
Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Sr., C, 4.5
Probable Northern Kentucky starters
Trevon Faulkner, 6-4, Fr., G, 4.7
Tyler Sharpe, 6-1, Jr., G, 14.3
Dantez Walton, 6-7, Jr., F, 11.2
Jalen Tate, 6-6, So., F, 13.3
Drew McDonald, 6-8, Sr., F, 19.0
About Wright State: The Raiders are 11-2 at home, including 5-1 in league games. … Gentry is first in the nation in free-throw shooting at 94.7 percent, and the team is 49th from the foul line at 74.3 percent. … Love’s 10 double-doubles are the 28th-most in the nation. He’s third in the league at 8.3 rebounds per game, and his 3.4 offensive-rebound average is 16th-best in the country. But Nagy wants him to cut down on his turnovers. He leads the team with 57. … The Raiders are commiting only 11.8 turnovers per game, but they lack consistency on offense partly because of subpar 3-point shooting. They’re hitting only 33.9 percent, which is 199th nationally, while shooting a hefty 23.5 per game, the 72nd-most in the country. … Ernsthausen had a breakout game Saturday against Detroit with nine points, five rebounds and a career-high six assists while playing his usual solid defense. “Parker played as good a game as he has all year — on both ends. He’s definitely our leader on the floor defensively. You can hear him talking,” Nagy said.
About Northern Kentucky: The Norse are 5-6 on the road overall and 3-3 in the conference. Their last road win was at Youngstown State on Jan. 19. … They’re holding teams to 29.6-percent shooting from 3, which is 12th nationally. But free throws can be an issue since they’re hitting only 65.4 percent, which is 321st in the nation. … They qualified for the 2018 NIT as the regular-season league champs and lost in their opener at second-seeded Louisville, 66-58. They reached the 2017 NCAA tourney in their first season of D-I eligibility (the first team since 1970 to do that) by winning the conference tourney and lost in the first round to Kentucky, 79-70.
Coming up: The Raiders finish their five-game homestand by playing Cleveland State on Thursday and Youngstown State on Saturday, Feb. 23.
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