GAME NOTES: Hoping to remain perfect this season at home, the Wright State Raiders welcome the Illinois-Chicago Flames to the Nutter Center for a Horizon League tilt.
UIC is coming off a 60-50 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday night, and the Flames have already matched their conference win total from all of last season. The team is 2-2 in its last four games, and UIC is hoping to snag its first road win in conference play.
As for the Raiders, they have lost two of their last three after having their season-best five-game winning streak stopped at Valparaiso last week. Most recently, they dropped a 68-61 decision at Youngstown State on Wednesday.
Wright State holds a slim 23-21 lead over UIC in the all-time series. Dating back to the 2006-07 season, the Raiders have won 11 of the last 12 meetings, and six straight. The Flames' last road win over WSU was during the 2005-06 campaign.
UIC held visiting Milwaukee to just eight second-half points in the 60-50 win on Wednesday night. The eight points in the second half represents a UIC Pavilion defensive record. UIC overcame a 17-point (42-25) halftime deficit. Senior point guard Gary Talton led all scorers with 14 points, and he was joined in double figures by sophomore guard Joey Miller (12 points), sophomore center Will Simonton (career-high 10) and senior forward Anthony Kelley, who posted a double-double with a career-high 10 points and career-best 11 rebounds. The win snapped a 10-game losing streak against Milwaukee.
Talton lead the Flames in scoring at 13.1 ppg, while Hayden Humes is also averaging double figures with his 10.4 ppg. Josh Crittle pulls down 5.3 rpg to rank 10th in the conference. The Flames are at the bottom of the league in scoring, averaging just 61.4 ppg. They are tops in field goal percentage defense (.395).
Wright State could not overcome a 50 percent shooting night by Youngstown State as the Raiders dropped a 68-61 decision to the Penguins on Wednesday night. Jerran Young led the Raiders with 18 points, but no other WSU player scored in double figures.
Cole Darling paces the Raiders with 11.1 ppg, while Reggie Arceneaux averages 10.9 ppg. Wright State leads the Horizon League in scoring defense (57.4 ppg). The Raiders also enter this contest ranked third in the league in 3-point field goal defense (.304), and second in turnover margin (+2.9). Nationally, Wright State ranks 15th in scoring defense, 42nd in turnover margin and 54th in 3-point field goal defense.
Expect a low-scoring affair, given the Raiders defense and the Flames offense, but UIC seems to have a bit more scoring depth so look for them to pull out the win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Illinois-Chicago 62, Wright State 59
01/26 10:44:07 ET
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