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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 5, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Wright State Nutter Center (11,000) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: Dayton CW. Home Record: Milwaukee 4-2, WSU 6-0. Away Record: Milwaukee 0-7, WSU 4-3. Neutral Record: Milwaukee 0-2, WSU 0-1. Conference Record: Milwaukee 0-1, WSU 1-0. Series Record: Milwaukee leads, 24-21.
GAME NOTES: A pair of teams moving in opposite directions get together at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday night, as the Wright State Raiders entertain the Milwaukee Panthers in Horizon League action.
The Panthers have just one win over another Division I opponent since the third week of November, and they are a mere 4-11 overall. The team was in action on Thursday night versus Detroit at Calihan Hall and became the latest opponent to fall victim to the Titans on their home court in a 74-59 decision. The loss was the fifth in the last six games for the Panthers, their only win during that stretch coming against Ohio Dominican (95-80) at the end of last month.
As for the Raiders, they are a perfect 6-0 at home so far in 2012-13, thanks in part to a 64-53 win over visiting Green Bay on Thursday. The win was the second in as many games for a Wright State group which has yet to bow in back- to-back outings this season.
The Panthers own a 24-21 advantage in the all-time series with Wright State. Last season, each team won on its home floor, the Raiders posting a 70-46 rout in this building, and Milwaukee crushing WSU earlier in a 58-38 final.
The Panthers were paced by Paris Gulley who erupted for 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting behind the 3-point line, followed by James Haarsma with 11 points, but still the squad had to accept the 15-point road loss at Detroit in the conference opener. Milwaukee led by as many as six points midway through the first half, but after 20 minutes of action the visitors held just a one-point edge at 31-30. Milwaukee ended up with 16 turnovers and shot just 4-of-6 at the charity stripe in the meeting. Shooting just 35.4 percent from the field against the Titans, Milwaukee has failed to reach even 40 percent in six of the last eight outings and has yet to shoot even 45 percent from the floor in any one game this season. Gulley leads the squad in scoring with 15.9 ppg, followed by Aaron Jordan with 15.2 ppg, the latter shooting just 36.9 percent from the field for a team that checks in at 37.6 percent.
Reggie Arceneaux scored 15 points and handed out eight assists as Wright State dismissed the Green Bay Phoenix, 64-53, in the Horizon League opener for both programs at the Wright State Nutter Center two nights ago. Also scoring in double figures for the Raiders was Tavares Sledge with 13 points, to go along with a team-best nine rebounds, while Miles Dixon chipped in 11 points off the bench as the team won for the fifth time in the last six outings. With the focus falling more on the defense, Wright State has stepped up by limiting opponents to only 29.9 percent success from 3-point range, leading to 56.0 ppg. It also helps that the Raiders are forcing just under 17 turnovers per game as well, limiting points by limiting opportunities. Cole Darling is listed as the leading scorer for WSU with just over 10 ppg, but that's a bit misleading because, while he has scored 29 and 25 points in meetings with Morehead State and Hofstra, respectively, he has also tallied six or fewer points in six games thus far as well.
With scoring points not an easy task for the Panthers these days, the team could be in danger of producing a drastically low score if the Raiders are able to clamp down on defense as they tend to do.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wright State 64, Milwaukee 51
01/05 10:42:08 ET
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