Western Carolina (5-4) at Wright State (4-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 30, 3 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ervin J. Nutter Center (11,000) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: WCU 3-0, WSU 3-0. Away Record: WCU 1-3, WSU 0-3. Neutral Record: WCU 1-1, WSU 1-0. Conference Record: WCU 0-0, WSU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: With a four-game road trip on the horizon, the Wright State Raiders try to take advantage of some home cooking this afternoon as they host the Western Carolina Catamounts in non-conference play.
The Raiders have won three of their last four outings, the most recent of those being a 73-55 triumph over Alcorn State on Wednesday night at the Nutter Center. Wright State is a perfect 3-0 at home thus far in 2013-14.
As for the Catamounts, they are aiming to post back-to-back wins for the first time since the opening week of the season when they triumphed over Wittenberg and UNC Asheville. On Tuesday the squad bounced back from a loss to USC Upstate during the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic with a 78-69 triumph over Limestone.
This is the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Western Carolina shot only 36.1 percent from the floor and 12-of-33 (.364) behind the 3-point line in the meeting with Limestone, yet the Catamounts still came out on the winning side. Trey Sumler posted 28 points and six assists for the hosts, followed by reserves Tom Tankelewicz and Mike Brown with 18 and 10 points, respectively. Brandon Boggs came up two points short of a double-double as he cleared 10 rebounds.
A starter in all seven games in which he has appeared, Sumler is producing a team-best 18.7 ppg and is also tops on the unit with 4.7 assists per game as well. Tankelewicz has come off the bench more often than not, yet he is second on the team in scoring with 10.2 ppg, thanks to an impressive 40.8 percent effort on the perimeter. Boggs and Hames Sinclair check in with 10.0 ppg apiece as the team generates 72.9 ppg.
The Raiders battled back from an early five-point deficit, led by six at the break and was up by as many as 22 points before securing the 18-point victory over Alcorn State the last time out. Cole Darling led the way on offense with 18 points, shooting a perfect 7-of-7 at the free-throw line, while Jerran Young and Miles Dixon picked up 13 and 11 points, respectively. Defensively, WSU held the visitors to only 35.7 percent shooting from the floor and forced 17 turnovers.
Wright State is putting up 75.0 ppg, while limiting the opposition to 62.7 ppg, but what makes that scoring margin even more impressive is the fact that the Raiders have just two players scored in double figures through seven games. Heading the list is Dixon with 109.9 ppg, followed closely by AJ Pacher (10.4 ppg). Pacher, who is shooting a staggering 78.4 percent from the floor and is first on the glass with five rebounds per outing, has actually limited himself with foul trouble and three disqualifications.
The Catamounts haven't had all that much luck playing away from home so far, and with Wright State spreading the wealth the hosts should be able to put together a solid game plan to come up with a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wright State 71, Western Carolina 68
11/30 10:37:40 ET