- By Jay Morrison Staff Writer
Who: Oakland (14-8, 6-3) vs. Wright State (16-6, 8-1)
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Nutter Center
Probable Wright State starters
Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.7
Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.7
Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.5
Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 11.5
Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.6
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Probable Oakland starters
Kendrick Nunn, 6-3, Sr., G, 26.7
Brailen Neely, 5-9, So., G, 3.8
Martez Walker, 6-6, Sr., G, 18.7
Jalen Hayes, 6-7, Sr., F, 19.2
Isaiah Brock, 6-8, So., F, 4.8
Series history: Wright State leads 10-7 after winning this year’s first meeting 86-81 in overtime at Oakland on Jan. 7.
Coaches: Scott Nagy is 36-18 in two seasons at Wright State. His career record in 23 seasons is 445-258. Greg Kampe is 595-434 in 34 seasons as Oakland’s coach.
Last games: Wright State routed Detroit Mercy 87-55 Friday night. Oakland won 83-70 at Northern Kentucky.
About Wright State: The Raiders have won nine of 10 and 12 of 14. They are 10-1 at home. … Friday night’s crowd of 7,453 was the largest at the Nutter Center since WSU drew 7,825 for a game against Northern Kentucky on Feb. 10, 2016. … Led by Benzinger’s 17 points, the Raiders put five scorers in double figures against Detroit Mercy. Benzinger moved past Andy Warner into 16th place on the WSU career scoring list with 1,276 points. … Love, the reigning HL freshman of the week, has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games with four double-doubles. … Freshman Everett Winchester has scored in double figures in four of the last five games. … WSU has a 65-percent chance of winning according to KenPom.com, which predicts a final score of 76-72. The Raiders are 132nd out of 351 teams in the Pomeroy rankings.
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About Oakland: The Grizzlies have won five consecutive games since their 86-81 overtime loss to WSU. … Nunn, who leads the league in scoring and is second nationally at 26.3 ppg, had 33 against the Norse. He has nine games with at least 30 and has recorded at least 32 in three straight. … Hayes (20.3) is second in the league in scoring, while Walker (17.2) is fifth. … The Grizzlies are averaging a conference-high 84.1 points against HL opponents and are the only team in the country with three players (Nunn, Hayes and Walker) with multiple 30-point games this season. … Oakland is 20-3 in its last 23 HL road games. … the Grizzlies lead the HL in assists per game (18.4), total assists (403), free throw percentage (77.2), 3-point field goals per game (9.3), 3-point percentage (37.6), 3-pointers made (204). Oakland is 146th in the Pomeroy ratings.
Next game: Wright State travels to Cleveland State on Thursday.