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Preview: Wright State vs. Oakland


No. 3 Wright State (18-13) vs. No. 6 Oakland (13-19)

When: Horizon League tournament quarterfinal

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Resch Center, Green Bay, Wisc.

Radio: 106.5-FM

Web: ESPN3

Probable Wright State starters

Player, Ht., Yr., Pos., PPG

  • Miles Dixon, 6-1, Sr., G, 8.2
  • Matt Vest, 6-5, Sr., G, 7.0
  • Jerran Young, 6-6, Sr., F, 8.3
  • Cole Darling, 6-8, Sr., F, 8.4
  • AJ Pacher, 6-10, Sr., F, 10.9

Probable Oakland starters

  • Travis Bader, 6-5, Sr., G, 20.7
  • Duke Mondy, 6-4, Sr., G, 11.9
  • Kahlil Felder, 5-9, Fr., G, 9.6
  • Ralph Hill, 6-6, Jr., F, 2.6
  • Corey Petros, 6-10, Jr., C, 13.5

About Wright State: KenPom.com gives Wright State a 61 percent chance of winning tonight’s game. WSU is 135th in the Pomeroy ratings, while the Grizzlies are 177th. … The Raiders are riding a four-game winning streak, which equals their largest of the season. … WSU swept Oakland during the regular season, but the Raiders have not beaten a team three times in the same season since 2008-09 (Valparaiso). … Wright State is 6-1 in its last seven Horizon League tournament openers … the Raiders are trying to become just the third team in the last 11 years to win the conference tournament while seeded third or lower (No. 3 Detroit in 2012 and No. 3 Cleveland State in 2009).

About Oakland: The Grizzlies have won three of their last four since dropping a 72-71 decision to Wright State at home on Feb. 16. … Oakland is competing in its first Horizon League tournament, but the Grizzlies are 9-3 in their last 12 conference tournament games, including a pair of Summit League titles in 2011 and 2012. … Oakland, which has averaged 81 points in its last six games, is second in the Horizon League in scoring offense (74.9 ppg), but the Grizzlies rank last in scoring defense (77.5). Oakland also ranks last in rebounding margin (minus-5.0) despite the fact that junior forward Corey Petros led the league with 8.2 rpg. … Grizzlies junior forward Ralph Hill, a University of Dayton transfer, scored a season-high 15 points in the last game against Wright State, going 5 of 8 from the floor and 3 of 4 from the free-throw line. He has scored 14 points combined in the last three games.

FYI: Wright State leads the all-time series 6-2, including a pair of wins this season. The Raiders rallied from 10 points down with less than two minutes to go to score a 72-71 triumph on AJ Pacher’s bucket with 1.6 seconds left. WSU won the first meeting in less-dramatic fashion, cruising to a 76-64 triumph at the Nutter Center on Jan. 2.


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