- By Jay Morrison Staff Writer
Who: Wright State (21-9, 13-4) vs. UIC (17-3, 12-5)
When: 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: UIC Pavilion
Probable Wright State starters
Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.4
Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 5.2
Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 10.0
Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.4
Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.1
Probable UIC starters
Tarkus Ferguson, 6-4, So., G, 8.9
Marcus Ottey, 6-2, So., G, 13.6
Tai Odiase, 6-9, Sr., C, 9.2
Dikembe Dixson, 6-7, So., F, 14.1
Jordan Blount, 6-8, So., F, 6.8
Series history: Wright State leads 30-27
Coaches: Scott Nagy is 42-20 in two seasons at Wright State. His career record in 23 seasons is 451-260. Steve McClain is 39-57 in his third season at UIC and 196-172 in 12 years overall, including nine at Wyoming.
Last games: Wright State fell at IUPUI 66-56 on Friday. UIC lost 79-72 at home to Northern Kentucky on Friday.
About Wright State: WSU is one game behind Northern Kentucky in the Horizon League standings, but the Raiders would earn the No. 1 seed if they finish tied due to a season sweep of the Norse. … Wright State has not faced UIC since the first game of conference play on Dec. 28, a game the Raiders won 65-61. … The Raiders can set a single-season school record for most conference wins (the 2015-16 and 2006-07 teams each won 13). … WSU needs two more wins to tie the program’s Division I single-season record of 23 (2006-07, 2012-13). … The Raiders are second in the league in scoring defense at 65.7 points per game, just one-tenth of a point behind NKU. … Love is 19 rebounds shy of the single-season school record of 305 set by Thad Burton in 1997-98, and he is 60 points shy of the freshman single-season record of 432 set by Bill Edwards in 1989-90. … KenPom.com gives Wright State a 50 percent chance of winning but is predicting a final score of UIC 69, WSU 68. … The Raiders are 154th out of 351 Division I teams in the Pomeroy ratings.
About UIC: The Flames have won 9 of 11 and are 10-6 at the UIC Pavilion. … UIC ranks fourth in the leauge in scoring offense (74.9) and fourth in scoring defense (72.0). … The Flames are first in rebounding (38.7), field goal defense (.406) and blocks (6.83), but they are last in assists (12.43) and turnovers margin (-1.83). … Odiase’s 343 career blocks are the most in school and league history. He’s also the NCAA’s active leader and ranks fourth in the country this season (2.76). … Ferguson’s 5.9 assists lead the conference. … A victory would give the Flames 13 league wins for the first time since 1993-94. … UIC was one of six Division I programs to begin the season with three or fewer upper classmen. … The Flames are 194th in the Pomeroy ratings.
Next game: Wright State will play its first game in the HL tournament against a TBA opponent on Saturday, March 3.