Who: Wright State (18-4, 8-1) at Milwaukee (10-11, 5-4)
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Series: Wright State leads 32-30
Coaches: Scott Nagy is 84-40 in his fourth year at Wright State and 484-280 in his 25th year overall. Pat Baldwin is 35-50 in his third year at Milwaukee. He was an assistant at Northwestern for five years before that.
Probable Wright State starters
Name Ht. Class Pos. Avg.
Loudon Love 6-9 Jr. C 15.1
Tanner Holden 6-6 Fr. F 11.3
Jaylon Hall 6-6 So. F 8.4
Bill Wampler 6-6 Sr. F 14.8
Cole Gentry 5-10 Sr. G 11.2
Probable Milwaukee starters
Courtney Brown Jr. 6-7 Fr. F 5.3
DeAndre Abram 6-8 Sr. F 10.1
C.J. Wilbourn 6-7 Fr. F 3.8
Te’Jon Lucas 6-2 Jr. G 15.0
Josh Thomas 6-4 Jr. G 10.3
About Wright State: The Raiders are 28th nationally in offensive efficiency, which measures points per possession, and have climbed to 80th in defensive efficiency. “We’re not giving up as many easy shots at the basket. That’s helped us. In the league, we’re No. 1 in both offensive and defensive efficiency, but defense is the most important because, when you go on the road, that’s what you need,” Nagy said. … Bracketmatrix.com , which processes the data from nearly 100 NCAA tourney projections, has Wright State’s average seed at 14.02, meaning they’d probably play a 3 seed if they make the field. … The Raiders’ losses are to Kent State by one, La Salle by two, Indiana State in OT and UIC by four. Love played only seven minutes against La Salle because of a fractured elbow and missed the Indiana State game. … The Raiders are off to their best 22-game start in their Division I history (since 1987). The last time they’ve had a season like this one was in the D-II era: They went 28-3 in 1985-86, 28-4 (with a national title) in 1982-83, 25-4 in 1980-81 and 25-3 in 1979-80.
About Milwaukee: The Panthers, who were picked seventh in the league preseason poll, managed a split in their northeast Ohio road swing last weekend, winning in overtime at Youngstown State while falling by 17 at Cleveland State. They were down by six with five minutes to go against YSU before rallying. Abram led the way with 19 points and 13 rebounds. … Darius Roy, a 6-2 senior guard, has come off the bench the last three games but is still playing starter’s minutes. He’s eighth in the league in scoring (15.3) and 11th in assists (3.1). He was the team’s top scorer last season at 15.8. … Wright State won the first meeting, 82-70. Wampler led five Raiders in double figures with 17.
Coming up: After playing at Green Bay at 2 p.m. Sunday, Raiders will begin a four-game home stretch with a visit from Detroit Mercy at 7 p.m. Thursday.
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