- By Jay Morrison Staff Writer
Who: Wright State (21-8, 13-3) vs. IUPUI (10-17, 7-9)
When: 11 a.m. Friday
Where: Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Probable Wright State starters
Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.5
Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 5.1
Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 10.1
Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.6
Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.2
Probable IUPUI starters
Nick Rogers, 6-1, So., G, 5.1
D.J. McCall, 6-6, Jr., G, 6.4
Ron Patterson, 6-2, Sr., G, 10.8
Evan Hall, 6-7, Jr., F, 7.8
Aaron Brennan, 6-6, Sr., F, 12.6
Series history: Wright State leads 10-2.
Coaches: Scott Nagy is 42-19 in two seasons at Wright State. His career record in 23 seasons is 451-259. Jason Gardner is 47-75 in his fourth season at IUPUI.
Last games: Wright State beat Cleveland State 72-63 at home on Monday. IUPUI defeated visiting Oakland 74-67 on Monday.
About Wright State: WSU is tied with Northern Kentucky for first place in the Horizon League, one game ahead of UIC. … A Raiders win against IUPUI will clinch at least the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, while a victory and a UIC win against NKU on Friday night will clinch a regular-season title and the No. 1 seed. … WSU went 14-2 at the Nutter Center to tie the Division I school record for home wins. … The Raiders can set a single-season school record for most conference wins with one more victory. … Dating back to his days as South Dakota State coach, Nagy is 13-1 in his last 14 games against IUPUI. … Love is 27 rebounds shy of the freshman single-season school record of 305 set by Thad Burton in 1997-98, and he is 67 points shy of the freshman single-season record of 432 set by Bill Edwards in 1989-90. … KenPom.com gives Wright State a 70 percent chance of winning with a predicted final score of 69-63. WSU is 141st out of 351 Division I teams in the Pomeroy ratings.
About IUPUI: The Jaguars, who are in their first season in the HL, have won three of four overall and five of their last six at home, where they are 8-3. … IUPUI ranks eighth in the HL in scoring offense (69.3) and fifth in scoring defense (71.8). … The Jaguars are second in offensive rebounds (12.0). … IUPUI ranks last in HL home attance with an average crowd of 903, but the school is expecting more than 3,000 third-graders Friday as part of the “Readers are Leaders” program. … Hall, the reigning HL Player of the Week, has recorded back-to-back double-doubles after registering only two in his first 77 games. … Led by junior guard T.J. Henderson, a candidate for HL Sixth Man of the Year, he IUPUI bench averages 25.2 points per game. … The Jaguars are 295th in the Pomeroy ratings.
Next game: Wright State will play at UIC at 6 p.m. Sunday.