Wright State (11-9) at Cleveland State (11-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 19, 1 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Wolstein Center (13,610) -- Cleveland, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: WSU 9-1, CSU 8-1. Away Record: WSU 1-8, CSU 3-7. Neutral Record: WSU 1-0, CSU 0-0. Conference Record: WSU 3-2, CSU 3-2. Series Record: Cleveland State leads, 30-29.
GAME NOTES: The Cleveland State Vikings try to continue their dominance at home as they host the Wright State Raiders in Horizon League action at the Wolstein Center.
Winners of eight of their nine home dates, the Vikings came out on top in their own building three nights ago when they toppled Oakland by a final of 86-76. The victory was the third in the last four outings for CSU, which matches Wright State in conference play at 3-2.
As for the Raiders, they too have been dominant on their own floor this season at 9-1, but being out on the road is another story altogether. Unfortunately for WSU, the team has won just once in nine tries on an opponent's floor, that coming just nine days ago at Valparaiso. On Friday night the team entertained Green Bay at the Nutter Center and suffered a 79-69 setback, the first blemish on their home record.
The Vikings lead the all-time series by a slim 30-29 margin, but it was Wright State that won the most recent encounter last February by a score of 50-41 in Cleveland.
Reggie Arceneaux converted 7-of-10 from the floor as he tallied 17 points, leading five players in double figures, but still the Raiders came up short against the visiting Phoenix. Jerran Young and Cole Darling both dropped in 13 points, combining for 11 rebounds, while Miles Dixon tallied 12 points and AJ Pacher 10 as the team was crushed on the glass, 31-19.
Generating 68.2 ppg, while limiting the opposition to 62.0 ppg, the Raiders have just a single player scoring in double figures at the moment in Pacher, sporting an average of just 10.8 ppg overall on the campaign. When it comes to conference bouts, Pacher is in for 10.8 ppg and is joined in double figures by Dixon who pitches in with 10.4 ppg. The latter is shooting only 38.3 percent from the field, including 2-of-13 behind the 3-point line.
CSU led by just two points at the break against visiting Oakland a few nights ago, but the Vikings turned up the pressure in the second half in order to come away with the double-digit victory. Trey Lewis played all 40 minutes for the hosts and finished with a game-high 29 points, shooting 9-of-14 from the floor and 4-of-7 behind the 3-point line. Jon Harris contributed 16 points and seven rebounds, followed by Bryn Forbes and Charlie Lee with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
As one of two players to have started every game for the Vikings, Forbes leads the program in scoring with his 15.8 ppg, shooting a solid 41.6 percent beyond the arc. Lewis is now up to 14.2 ppg, thanks to his outburst versus the Golden Grizzlies, and is also one of the better ball handlers with his 65 assists. Anton Grady (10.3 ppg) and Harris (10.2 ppg) fill in the gaps for an offense that is producing 75.3 ppg.
With such a balanced attack, as well as a homecourt advantage that has served them quite well to this point, the Vikings should have the edge in this meeting. It also doesn't hurt that CSU has had an extra day to rest and the Raiders have had to travel on short notice.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cleveland State 73, Wright State 70
01/19 10:15:47 ET