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

Wright State University guard Cole Gentry covers Detroit Mercy forward Alonde LeGrand during their Horizon League game at the Nutter Center in Fairborn Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Wright State won 98-86. Contributed photo by E.L. Hubbard
Wright State University guard Cole Gentry covers Detroit Mercy forward Alonde LeGrand during their Horizon League game at the Nutter Center in Fairborn Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Wright State won 98-86. Contributed photo by E.L. Hubbard

Who: Oakland (8-16, 3-8) at Wright State (20-5, 10-2)

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

TV/Radio: ESPN+/106.5

Series: Wright State leads 14-7

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 86-41 in his fourth year at Wright State and 486-281 in his 25th year overall. Greg Kampe is 626-471 in 36 years at Oakland.

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 8.3

Bill Wampler 6-6 Sr. F 15.1

Cole Gentry 5-10 Sr. G 11.0

Probable Oakland starters

Brad Brechting 6-11 Sr. C 10.1

Xavier Hill-Mais 6-7 Sr. F 15.4

Rashad Williams 6-2 So. G 20.8

Tray Maddox Jr. 6-5 So. G 8.4

Blake Lampman 6-1 Fr. G 6.4

About Wright State: The Raiders have reached 20 wins in the fewest games since becoming a Division-I program in 1987-88. They needed 26 to do it in 1989-90 and 2007-08. … They have a one-game lead in the Horizon League on Northern Kentucky (17-7, 9-3), which squeaked by Oakland, 73-70, at home Thursday. … Holden, a league freshman of the year candidate, had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists with no turnovers in 35 minutes against Detroit on Thursday. … The Raiders went 12 of 24 on 3's, their fourth game shooting 50% or better from the arc this season. … They made 10 of 13 foul shots, which may not seem like much, but it's only the fifth time this season they've shot 76% or better. … Wright State won the first meeting with Oakland, 96-69, on Jan. 3 for its sixth straight win in the series.

About Oakland: Williams had 34 points against Northern Kentucky in his sixth game with the Grizzlies. He made the league all-freshman team last season for Cleveland State. The Detroit native transferred and was ruled eligible on Jan. 16. He averaged 10.8 points for the Vikings last season and led the league in 3-point shooting at 40.8%. … Oakland has lost five of its last six games but gave NKU a scare. The Norse, leading by a point, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with nine seconds left, but the Grizzlies couldn't get a shot off. Trevon Faulkner made a steal, was fouled and hit two foul shots with two seconds left to seal the win.

Record watch: Gentry is 38 of 42 on free throws (90.5%) and could set the career mark at Wright State. He's 156 of 177 for 88.1%. Jesse Deister (2000-02) is first at 89.0, followed by Andy Holderman (1990-94) at 86.9 and Troy Tabler (2007-11) at 85.9. Gentry needs to make his next 15 free throws to get to 89.1, but he hit 46 in a row last season.

Love’s six rebounds against Detroit give him 818 for his career. He needs 11 more to pass Sean Hammonds (1989-94) for second on the all-time list. Bill Edwards (1989-93) is first at 907.