Wright State’s non-conference schedule includes road games against Big Ten, ACC opponents

Raiders will open the season against a Division II school

Road games against two teams that ranked in the top 75 of the NCAA Evaluation Tool last season highlight the 2021-22 non-conference schedule for the Wright State men’s basketball team.

The schedule, released Tuesday, includes nine games in all. The two toughest tests will be Nov. 16 at Purdue and Dec. 22 at N.C. State.

“Our non-conference schedule will be competitive and entertaining for our fans,” coach Scott Nagy said in a press release. “We will be challenged both at home and on the road. We also look forward to being a part of the 2021 Naples Invitational. This schedule will get us prepared for a tough Horizon League slate that starts as early as December this year.”

Here’s a breakdown of all the games:

• Nov. 9: Home vs. Lake Erie College

The Raiders open the season against a NCAA Division II program. The Storm finished 4-14 last season. Wright State is 24-7 in home openers at the Nutter Center, which opened in 1990, and 43-8 all-time in home openers.

Nov. 12: at Marshall in Huntington, W.Va.

Marshall beat Wright State 80-64 in the season opener at the Nutter Center last November. The Thundering Herd finished 15-7. This will be the fourth meeting between the programs. Marshall leads 2-1.

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Nov. 16, at Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind.

This will be the first meeting between the programs. Purdue finished 18-10 last season and ranked 29th in the NET.

Nov. 22-24: at Naples Invitational in Naples, Fla.

Wright State will play George Washington in the first round and will face Kent State or James Madison on the second day of the tournament. Possible opponents in the final game include: East Tennessee State; Murray State; Missouri State and Long Beach State.

Dec. 15: home vs. Akron

These teams have played 22 times but not since 2005. Akron, which finished 15-8 last season, leads the series 12-9.

Dec. 18: home vs. Tennessee Tech

Wright State beat Tennessee Tech 85-80 in overtime in 2019 at the Nutter Center. The Golden Eagles finished 5-22 last season and have won a total of 22 games in the last three seasons.

Dec. 22: vs. N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C.

This will be Wright State’s first game against the Wolfpack, which finished 14-11 last season. N.C. State ranked 73rd in the NET.

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