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Preview: Valparaiso at Wright State


Who: Valparaiso (19-6, 9-2 Horizon League) at Wright State (17-8, 8-4)

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Nutter Center

Radio: 100.3

Probable Wright State starters

Matt Vest, 6-5, Jr., G, 5.3

Kendall Griffin, 6-4, So., G, 6.4

Tavares Sledge, 6-9, So., F, 4.9

Joe Bramanti, 6-2, Fr., G, 1.4

Cole Darling, 6-8, Jr., F, 11.5

Probable Valparaiso starters

Ryan Broekhoff, 6-7, Sr., F, 16.8

Kevin Van Wijk, 6-8, Sr., F, 12.6

Eric Buggs, 5-11, Sr., G, 6.0

Will Bogan, 6-1, Sr., G, 5.5

Ben Boggs, 6-4, Sr., G, 5.8

About Wright State: Wright State has lost only one game when it had the lead with five minutes left: 69-63 at Valparaiso on Jan. 19. … Jerran Young is averaging 7.8 points per game on the season, but 13.5 over the last four games. He’s 8-of-15 from 3-point range in those four games. He has made 15-of-32 from long range on the season. … The Raiders have shot better than 80 percent from the free-throw line in seven of the last 10 games. In the first 15 games, they topped 80 percent three times. The Raiders rank seventh in the Horizon League on the season in free-throw percentage (70.0). … After shooting 26 percent from 3-point range against Detroit (9-of-34), Wright State has shot 41 percent, 55 percent and 55 percent on its three-game winning streak (24-of-49).

About Valparaiso: The Crusaders have won three straight games and nine of their last 10. Their only loss in that span was to Youngstown State, 80-68, on Jan. 30. Six of those wins are by at least 12 points. … Valparaiso completed a season sweep of Cleveland State with an 80-72 victory Saturday. Broekhoff led the team with 15 points, and four other players scored in double figures. … Broekhoff leads the league in rebounding (8.0 per game) and ranks second in points. … Valparaiso is 12-1 at home and 7-5 on the road.

Coach Billy Donlon on Valparaiso: “The last minutes at their place, they made smarter plays than we did. We lost our mind in a couple areas. That’s not to take anything away from them. Credit them. They make you do that at times. They make you play really quick, and when another team forces you to play faster than you like, the thing that goes first is not your athleticism, but your IQ.”


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