Who: Wright State (4-1) vs. Weber State (1-2)
When: 5 p.m. Monday
Series: First meeting
Coaches: Scott Nagy is 70-37 in his fourth year at Wright State and 480-277 in his 25th year overall. Randy Rahe is 267-155 in his 14th year at Weber State with five Big Sky regular-season titles and three league tourney crowns. He’s 0-3 in the NCAA tourney.
Probable Wright State starters
Name Ht. Class Pos. Avg.
Loudon Love 6-9 Jr. C 14.6
Tanner Holden 6-6 Fr. F 11.2
Jaylon Hall 6-6 So. F 8.6
Bill Wampler 6-6 Sr. G 13.6
Cole Gentry 5-10 Sr. G 11.4
Probable Weber State starters
Dima Zdor 6-10 So. F 5.0
Jerrick Harding 6-1 Sr. G 14.5
Kahm Davis 6-4 Jr. G 8.3
Cody John 6-3 Sr. G 11.0
K.J. Cunningham 6-2 Fr. G 3.7
About Wright State: The Raiders have played in holiday tourneys in each of Nagy’s four years with the first two at home. They went 4-0 in 2016-17, beating Ohio Domincan, CSU Bakersfield, North Dakota and North Florida. They were 4-0 in 2017-18, handling Tiffin, Gardner-Webb, Jacksonville and Fairfield. And they were 1-2 in the Cancun Challenge, beating North Florida at home and losing to Penn State and SMU in Mexico. Asked if the Raiders will host another event, Nagy said: “I don’t think it’ll happen next year but maybe the year after that.”
He’s taken teams to Hawaii, the Virgin Islands and other sunny locales, but it’s all work and no play: “My wife doesn’t even go any more. She knows it’s not a vacation — particularly for the coaching staff. We want our players to enjoy themselves. But honestly, they’re good trips and good experiences, but most of it is basketball.”
About Weber State: The Wildcats lost their first two games at Utah State (74-39) and at home to San Diego (71-56) and then set school records for points and field-goal percentage (75.0) in a 130-50 rout of West Coast Baptist, a small Christian school from California. … They were picked to finish second by the media and third by the coaches in the Big Sky preseason polls. They were 18-15 and fourth in the league last season. … Harding, who averaged 21.4 points in 2018-19, was named the league’s preseason player of the year. He went into the year fifth on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,621 points and first in free-throw shooting at 87.2 percent. … John was ninth in the league in scoring last year with a 14.8 average. … Sophomor guard Israel Barnes and freshman forward Tim Fuller average 9.0 each. … Weber State, located in Ogden, Utah, produced All-NBA guard Damian Lillard.
Coming up: After this event, the Raiders will be off for Thanksgiving weekend. Their next game is home on Dec. 3 against Western Kentucky.
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