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Preview: Wright State vs. Santa Clara


Who: Santa Clara (23-11) at Wright State (23-12)

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Nutter Center

Radio/TV: 100.3/AXS TV (DirecTV Channel 340, AT&T U-Verse Channel 1106 and Dish Network Channel 362).

What: Semifinals of College Basketball Invitational

Tickets: $13, or $10 for season-ticket holders.

Probable Wright State starters

  • Matt Vest, 6-5, Jr., G, 5.5
  • Kendall Griffin, 6-4, So., G, 6.3
  • Jerran Young, 6-6, Jr., F, 8.7
  • J.T. Yoho, 6-6, Fr., F, 6.6
  • AJ Pacher, 6-10, Jr., F, 5.0

Probable Santa Clara starters

  • Marc Trasolini, 6-9, Sr., F, 15.5
  • Yannick Atanga, 6-8, So., F, 2.5
  • Kevin Foster, 6-2, Sr., G, 18.6
  • Raymond Cowells III, 6-4, Sr., G, 9.6
  • Evan Roquemore, 6-3, Jr., G, 11.5

About Wright State: The Raiders have never played a game this late in March. The 1983 Division II national championship game was played on March 26. … The Raiders have held nine of their last 12 opponents to under 43 percent shooting from the field. … By RPI standards, Wright State’s 57-51 victory over Richmond, ranked 87th in the RPI, was its second best of the season. Wright State beat Detroit, ranked 66th, twice. Santa Clara is 92nd. Wright State is 128th. … Wright State is shooting 46.3 percent from the field in five postseason games. It’s season average is 43.6.

About Santa Clara: The Broncos’ most famous basketball alum is Lakers guard Steve Nash, who led the 15th-seeded Broncos to an upset of Arizona in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 1993. Santa Clara’s last NCAA appearance was in 1996. In 2011, it won the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. … Coach Kerry Keating, a former assistant at UCLA, is in his sixth season as head coach. … Santa Clara ranks 23rd in the nation with 8.1 3-pointers per game. It beat Purdue 86-83 on Monday and beat Vermont 77-67 in the first round at home in Santa Clara, Calif.

Billy Donlon on Santa Clara: “They just put up 88 at Purdue, and (Purdue coach) Matt Painter and those guys are some of the best defensive minds anywhere. Foster has scored 2,500 points in his career. Their point guard can take over a game. … Their worst 3-point shooter, other than their center, shoots 35 percent from 3.”


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