College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Miami


Who: Wright State at Miami

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

TV: ESPN3

Radio: 980-AM, 1450-AM, 106.5-FM

Series: Miami leads 19-13

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 20-13 in his second season at Wright State and 430-253 in 23 years overall. Jack Owens is in his first season at Miami after spending nine years as an assistant at Purdue and five at Southern Illinois.

Probable Wright State starters

Parker Ernsthausen;6-11;Jr.;C;6.0

Justin Mitchell;6-3;Jr.;G;13.0

Mark Hughes;6-4;Jr.;G;15.0

Louden Love;6-9;Fr.;C;6.0

Grant Benzinger;6-3;Sr.;G;16.0

Probable Miami starters

Nike Sibane;6-3;Fr.;G;3.0

Jalen Adaway;6-5;Fr.;G;15.0

Logan McLane;6-9;Sr.;F;9.0

Darrian Ringo;6-2;Jr.;G;5.0

Dalonte Brown;6-7;Fr.;F;8.0

About Wright State: The Raiders had a promising start to the season, albeit in defeat. They cut a nine-point deficit with 1:11 left at Loyola to two with 26 seconds to go, but they dropped an 84-80 decision. … Everett Winchester, a 6-6 redshirt freshman forward, had an impressive debut with 15 points. … The defense needs to be shored up, though. They allowed Loyola to shoot 75 percent in the first half and 55 for the game. … The Raiders have had a spirited annual series with the RedHawks. The home team has won each game since 2012-13. Wright State is the last to win consecutive games, prevailing 51-49 in 2011-12 and 67-59 in 2012-13. Miami won two straight with a 56-55 decision in 2009-10 and 55-37 victory in 2008-09.

About Miami: The Redhawks haven’t had a winning season since going 17-13 under the late Charlie Coles in 2008-09. They went 11-21 last season and haven’t won more than 13 games since going 15-17 in 2010-11. … They’re going with an infusion of youth, starting three freshmen and counting on another, Isaiah Coleman-Lands, as a top sub. He had five points and seven assists in a 55-54 win at Fordham to open the season Friday. … The RedHawks endured a blow in the offseason when Michael and Marcus Weathers both transferred after coach John Cooper was let go. Michael, who averaged team highs in scoring at 16.7 and assists at 4.8 last year, plays for Oklahoma State. Marcus, who averaged 9.7 points and 6.0 rebounds, is at Duquesne. … Darius Harper, a 6-9 Springfield High School product, averaged 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds as a freshman last season. … The Redhawks were picked to finish last in the East Division in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll.

Coming up: The Raiders play their home opener at 7 p.m. Saturday against Murray State. The RedHawks play LIU Brooklyn in the Jamaica Classic at Montego Bay at 8:30 p.m. Friday.



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