Who: Wright State (12-10, 6-3) at UIC (10-12, 4-5)
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Series: UIC leads 31-28
Coaches: Scott Nagy is 57-32 in his third year at Wright State and 467-272 in 24 years overall. Steve McClain is 52-72 in his fourth year at UIC and 209-187 in 13 years overall, including a stint at Wyoming.
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Probable Wright State starters
Mark Hughes, 6-4, Sr., G, 9.8
Cole Gentry, 5-10, Jr., G, 13.3
Alan Vest, 6-3, Sr., G, 4.8
Loudon Love, 6-9, So., F, 15.0
Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Sr., C, 4.3
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Probable UIC starters
Goodwin Boahen, 5-11, Jr., G, 14.7
Tarkus Ferguson, 6-4, Jr., G, 14.9
Marcus Ottey, 6-2, Jr., G, 16.1
Rob Howard, 6-8, Jr., F, 6.5
Jordan Blount, 6-8, Jr., F, 10.2
About Wright State: The Raiders have won four straight games and are 148th in the NET Ratings (NCAA Evaluation Tool), second in the league behind No. 90 Northern Kentucky … Love became the 19th Wright State player to reach 500 career rebounds, pushing his total to 519 last week. Bill Edwards’ all-time record of 907 is within reach. Love is third in the league with an 8.4 average, trailing NKU’s Drew McDonald (10.1) and Youngstown State’s Naz Bohannan (9.0). … Bill Wampler, a 6-6 junior wing, is second on the team in scoring with a 14.7 average. … The Raiders have excelled at getting to the foul line during their winning streak. They’ve averaged 25.8 attempts and have shot 81.6 percent. In the first 18 games, they averaged 19 attempts and shot 72.5 percent. They’re 41st out of 351 Division-I teams at 74.6 overall.
About UIC: The Flames are 224th in the NET ratings and have lost three of their last four games, including an 80-67 home loss to Oakland on Saturday. Ottey had a season-high 24 points, but the rest of the team struggled. … Boahen has made at least one 3-pointer in 40 straight games. … They won at Wright State, 75-72, in overtime on Dec. 28 when Travell Washington hit a 3-pointer from the right corner at the buzzer. Seconds earlier, Gentry had made a 3-pointer to tie the game. Ottey had 23 points, and Ferguson, who leads the league in assists with a 5.3 average, had 18 points and 10 rebounds. With 11:23 to go in regulation, Love and Blount battled past the whistle for a rebound, and both were assessed technicals. Three UIC players, including Boahen, left the bench during the skirmish and were ejected. The Flames played the rest of the way with seven players. … They’re 9-3 at home, but all three losses have come in the league.
Coming up: The Raiders play at IUPUI at 1 p.m. Sunday and then will have five straight games at home starting with Oakland at 7 p.m. Thursday.
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