Wright State vs. Milwaukee: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

1:30 p.m Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 Sports
February 9,2017: The Men’s Basketball game between the Milwaukee Panthers and the Wright State Raiders at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio.

Who: Wright State (15-5, 7-0) at Wisconsin-Milwaukee (9-12, 2-6)

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: UWM Panther Arena

TV/Radio: ESPN3; 106.5

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Probable Wright State starters

Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 15.1

Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.4

Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 10.0

Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 11.2

Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.8

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Probable Milwaukee starters

Jeremiah Bell, 6-0, Jr., G, 14.3

Brock Stull, 6-4, Jr., G, 14.3

Brett Prahl, 6-9, C, Sr., 9.5

Vance Johnson, 6-8, Jr., F, 4.3

Bryce Nze, 6-7, So., F, 9.4

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Series history: Wright State has won four in a row to even the series at 28-28.

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 35-17 in two seasons at Wright State. His career record in 23 seasons is 444-257. Pat Baldwin is in his first season at Milwaukee (9-12).

Last games: Wright State won 80-67 at Wisconsin-Green Bay on Thursday night. Milwaukee dropped a 91-64 decision at home to Northern Kentucky on Thursday.

About Wright State: The Raiders have won eight in a row and are 7-0 in league play for the first time in school history. … The Raiders have won five consecutive road games, equalling the longest road winning streak since becoming a Division I program in 1987-88. The 2007-08 team also won five consecutive road games. WSU can tie the longest road winning streak in program history, set in 1972-73, with a victory Saturday night. … Gentry scored a career-high 23 points against the Phoenix by going 5 of 5 from 3-point range. He has made 13 of his last 15 3-point attempts. … WSU set a season-high Thursday night with 11 3-pointers. … Love leads the HL in rebounding (9.2 per game) and has recorded a double-double in four of the last five games. … WSU has a 60 percent chance of winning according to KenPom.com, which predicts a final score of 67-64. The Raiders are 139th out of 351 teams in the Pomeroy rankings.

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About Milwaukee: The Panthers have lost four in a row. Their 27-point defeat Thursday was the largest in league play since a 28-point setback against Cleveland State on Jan. 4, 2014. … Milwaukee is 5-5 at home, and WSU will be the opponent for the second of six consecutive games it will play at the UWM Panther Arena. … The Panthers are 236th in Pomeroy ratings. They rank eighth in the Horizon League in scoring offense (69.5) and fourth in scoring defense (72.1) despite ranking last in 3-point field goal defense (39.4 percent). … Milwaukee leads the league in rebounding defense (33.6). Nze is sixth in HL rebounding (7.5). … Bell has led the Panthers in scoring five of the last six games. … Milwaukee games are usually decided by halftime as the team is 8-2 when leading or tied after 20 minutes and 1-10 when trailing.

Next game: Wright State will return to the Nutter Center to play Detroit at 7 p.m. Friday.