Wright State Raiders (11-7 SU, 8-8-0 ATS, 7-9-0 OU) vs Milwaukee Golden Panthers (5-12 SU, 9-6-0 ATS, 9-6-0 OU)
When: 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where: UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Lines: Milwaukee PK
A little Horizon League college basketball action this afternoon and the Wright State Raiders will grapple with the Milwaukee Golden Panthers at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Raiders enter this contest off a 78-61 road loss to Green Bay, while the Golden Panthers come in off a 68-58 home win over Northern Kentucky.
Raiders Get Blasted By Phoenix
The Wright State Raiders have not had the start they were expecting to in the Horizon league as they are just 2-3 out the gate so far. They were 2-1 at one point, but have lost their last two games, including a 17 point lost in Green Bay in their last game. The defense has been solid for them for the most part, but they have now allowed 80 and 78 points in their last two games. Not good, especially with many teams in the Horizon league being able to score plenty. Mored concerning should be the fact that their offense scored just 61 points vs a bad Green Bay defense. The Raiders shot just 38.5% from the field overall, including just 35.9% from long range and you need far better offense if you hope to take down a high-scoring Green Bay team. Leading the attack was Grant Benzinger, who had 14 points, while Justin Mitchell had 10. No one had more than nine. For the most part this year the offense has been rather average. They have five players that average at least 7.7 ppg and have been led by Mark Alstork, who has put up 17.8 ppg, while Steven Davis is 2nd at 15.4 ppg.
Wright State has averaged 67.6 ppg and have allowed 72.4 ppg in conference play so far, while in true road games they have averaged 69.6 ppg and have allowed 74.1 ppg. The Raiders check in at 166th in the nation in scoring, putting up 74.6 ppg, while also ranking 251st in FG% (42.9%), 77th in 3-point shooting (37.6%) and 24th in free throw shooting (75.8%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been decent as they come in ranked 141st in points allowed, giving up 70.3 ppg, while also ranking 146th in defensive FG% (42.6%) and 121st in 3-point defense (33.1%).
Panthers Top Norse, End Losing Streak
The Milwaukee Panthers have not had a great year, but they finally broke a seven game losing streak with a 68-58 home win over Northern Kentucky in their last game. They are still just 5-12 overall and just 1-3 in league play. They now have a chance to get their second win in a row as they are facing a struggling Wright State squad. The Golden Panthers shot 44.6% from the field overall, including 36.45 from long range in the win over the Norse. The defense is really what stepped up in this game as they allowed NKU to hit just 41.7% of their shots overall, including just 33.3% of their shots from distance. Leading the charge vs the Norse was Brock Stull, who had 18, while Cody Wichmann had 15 and Jeremiah Bell had 11 to round out their double-digit scorers in the game. The offense has not been a strength of this team at all and they have just two players on the team that have averaged in double-figures so far and they are Wichmann (12.4 ppg) and Stull (11.8 ppg).
The Golden Panthers have averaged 63.8 ppg and have allowed 65.5 ppg here at home for the year, while in league play they have averaged 70.5 ppg and have allowed 72.0 ppg. Milwaukee enters the game ranked 315th in the nation in scoring, putting up 65.9 ppg, while also ranking 250th in FG% (42.9%), 122nd in 3-point shooting (36.5%) and 284th in free throw shooting (65.3%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been average as they come in ranked 142nd in points allowed, giving up 70.3 ppg, while also ranking 319th in defensive FG% (47.2%) and 175th in 3-point defense (34.4%).
Wright State is:
- Under is 5-0 in their last five vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- The Under is 10-4-1 in Raiders last 15 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- The Under 5-2 in the last seven meetings here in Milwaukee
Neither team is impressive right now, but on this that both teams have done is struggle on offense, especially of late. The Raiders have averaged just 67.6 ppg in league play, while the Panthers have averaged just 63.5 ppg here at home and 65.9 ppg overall. They have put up 70 ppg in league play, but I just don’t see that here. Both of these defenses should be able to step in and hold these offenses down, in what should be a slow pace game. Take the Under here.