Wright State at Northern Kentucky: What to know about Friday’s game

Who: Wright State (8-9, 2-2) at Oakland (13-4, 3-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday


Radio: 106.5-FM

Series: Wright State leads 23-10

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 53-30 in his third year at Wright State and 463-270 in 24 years overall. John Brannen is 69-47 in his fifth year at Northern Kentucky.

Probable Wright State starters

Mark Hughes, 6-4, Sr., G, 10.0

Cole Gentry, 5-10, Jr., G, 14.4

Alan Vest, 6-3, Sr., G, 4.7

Loudon Love, 6-9, So., F, 13.8

Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Sr., C, 4.4

Probable Northern Kentucky starters

Drew McDonald, 6-8, Sr., F, 18.6

Tyler Sharpe, 6-1, Jr., G, 13.9

Dantez Walton, 6-7, Jr., F, 11.6

Zaynah Robinson, 6-0, Sr., G, 9.1

Trevon Faulkner, 6-4, Fr., G, 4.9

About Wright State: Junior forward Bill Wampler, the team's leading scorer at 15.0 points per game, has come off the bench the last three games and has scored 52 points. … Ernsthausen has been in a shooting slump in league play, going 1 of 17 from the field, 0 of 7 on 3-pointers and 5 of 12 on free throws. … Love's seven double-doubles are the 19th-most in the nation. … Gentry is 25th in the country in assist-turnover ratio with 67 assists and 21 turnovers. … The Raiders had just two turnovers in the first half in their lopsided win over Oakland on Saturday and nine for the game. They had a season-high 18 against Detroit two days earlier, and the staff couldn't have seen that coming. After averaging 15 in their first five games, the Raiders went 10 games with an average of 9.7 before Detroit.

About Northern Kentucky: The Norse started 6-0 and won the KEMI Northern Kentucky Basketball Classic by beating UNC Asheville, Manhattan and Coastal Carolina. McDonald was named the tourney MVP, while Jalen Tate was named to the all-tourney team. … They're 3-0 against the Mid-American Conference with two wins over Northern Illinois and one over Miami. … In the league, they have wins over IUPUI, UIC and Detroit and a two-point loss at Oakland. … They won the regular-season title last year and were picked to finish second in the preseason poll behind Wright State, getting 10 of 40 first-place votes. … Tate, a 6-6 guard who made the conference's all-defensive team as a freshman last year, was a preseason second-team all-league selection. He's third on the team in scoring at 12.8 and first in assists at 3.9. … The Norse are seventh in the nation in assists with 286 and 11th in free-throw attempts with 396, making 255 (64.4 percent).

Coming up: The Raiders finish their five-game road stretch at Youngstown State on Thursday and Cleveland State on Saturday, Jan. 19. After that, they play seven of their final 11 league games at home.

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