Wright State vs. YSU: What you need to know about Monday’s game

11:28 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 Sports
Wright State junior guard Mark Hughes dunks during Thursday night’s 84-81 win at Northern Kentucky. JOSEPH CRAVEN/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Who: Youngstown State (5-13, 3-2), at Wright State (13-5, 5-0)

When: 4 p.m. Monday

Where: Nutter Center

TV/Radio: ESPN3; 106.5

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Probable Wright State starters

Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.6

Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.8

Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.6

Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 10.5

Justin Mitchell, 6-4, Sr., G, 11.1

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Probable Youngstown State starters

Braun Hartfield, 6-6, So., G, 14.5

Cameron Morse, 6-2, Sr., G, 14.5

Garrett Covington, 6-5, Fr., G, 8.1

Devin Haygood, 6-7, Jr., F, 6.3

Naz Bohannon, 6-6, Fr., F, 5.8

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Series history: Wright State leads 43-12 and has won three of the last four.

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 33-17 in two seasons as Wright State’s coach. His career record in 23 seasons is 442-257. Jerrod Calhoun is in his first season at YSU (5-13); sixth season overall (129-51)

Last games: Wright State won 84-81 at Northern Kentucky on Thursday. Youngstown State lost 93-91 at Detroit on Friday.

About Wright State: The Raiders have won six in a row and are 5-0 in league play for the first time in school history. … Thursday’s win at NKU ran WSU’s road winning streak to four, the program’s longest since 2007-08. … Benzinger’s 31 points were a season high and one shy of his career high set last year at Georgia State. … Love has seven double-double this seasons, including three in a row. … Hughes is a Youngstown native. … The Raiders were ranked 26th in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll last week, but after beating No. 24 NKU they should crack the Top 25 when the new rankings come out Monday. … WSU has a 93 percent chance of winning according to KenPom.com, which predicts a final score of 82-66. The Raiders are 143rd out of 351 teams in the Pomeroy rankings.

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About Youngstown State: The Penguins have lost back-to-back games at Oakland and Detroit after starting the league season 3-0. … YSU has scored at least 80 points in four of its five league games and ranks second in scoring offense in HL play at 82.0. The Penguins are ninth in scoring defense (80.4). … Freshman forward Naz Bohannon followed his first career double-double at Oakland (10 points, 10 rebounds) with another one Friday at Detroit (13 and 12). … YSU leads the HL in offensive rebounds (12.8) and rebounding defense (32.2) in conference games. … Calhoun, who came to YSU after leading Fairmont State to the NCAA Division II championship game last year, played two seasons at Cleveland State before finishing his degree at Cincinnati as a student assistant under Bob Huggins.

Next game: Wright State heads back on the road for its annual Wisconsin swing, beginning with a game Thursday night against Green Bay.