WSU’s Justin Mitchell (top) goes for a loose ball against Detroit. Wright State defeated host Detroit Mercy 85-72 on Dec. 31. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Preview: Northern Kentucky at Wright State

Who: Northern Kentucky (14-9, 5-5) at Wright State (15-8, 6-4)

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

TV: Time Warner Sports Channel, ESPN3

Radio: 106.5-FM

Series: Wright State leads 21-7 and has won 14 of the last 16 meetings.

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 15-8 at Wright State and 425-248 in 22 seasons overall. John Brannen is 23-30 in his second season at NKU.

Probable NKU starters

Jordan Garnett,6-5;Jr.;F;4.1

Carson Williams;6-5;Fr.;F;11.0

Cole Murray;6-7;Sr.;G;10.2

Lavone Holland II;6-1;Jr.;G;14.4

Drew McDonald;6-7;So.;C;16.5

Probable Wright State starters

Steven Davis;6-8;Sr.;F;15.0

Mark Alstork;6-5;Jr.;G;17.9

Justin Mitchell;6-;Jr.;G;11.5

Grant Benzinger;6-3;Jr.;G;11.0

Mike La Tulip;6-5;Sr.;G;7.7

About Wright State: The Raiders are coming off an 88-86 win at Illinois-Chicago on Sunday, their fourth win in the last five games. … gives Wright State a 58 percent chance of winning with a predicted final score of 74-72. The Raiders are 175th in the Pomeroy ratings. … WSU junior guard Justin Mitchell played a career-high 37 minutes at UIC and c0llected double-digit rebounds for the fourth time in five games to move into second place in the HL (8.3). He also scored 10 points for his third double-double in the last five games. … The Raiders committed a season-low seven turnovers at UIC. It was the seventh consecutive game in which the team’s assist total was equal to or greater than its turnovers, something that only happened four times in the first 16 games. … WSU was 7 of 14 from 3-point range Sunday, marking their second fewest attempts of the season (5 of 13 vs. Cleveland State).

About NKU: The Norse are coming off a 65-58 loss at Valparaiso on Sunday and have lost four of their last six. … NKU is 152nd in the Pomeroy ratings. … The Norse are 6-6 on the road. … NKU leads the league in 3-point shooting during conference play at 38 percent (90 of 237), and the Norse are third in 3-point defense at 30.4 percent (63 of 207). … NKU ranks fifth in scoring offense (74.9 points per game) and sixth in scoring defense (73.2). … The Norse are 14-3 when scoring at least 70 points. … After a four-year reclassification process from Division II to Division I, the Norse are eligible for the NCAA tournament for the first time. … According to, NKU is one of the youngest teams in the country (54th of 351), with an average of 1.28 years of experience per player.

Coming up: The Raiders resume their three-game homestand Thursday night against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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