Green Bay (13-3) at Wright State (11-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, January 17, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Wright State Nutter Center (11,000) -- Dayton, Ohio.
Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Green Bay 8-1, WSU 9-0. Away Record: Green Bay
3-1, WSU 1-8. Neutral Record: Green Bay 2-1, WSU 1-0. Conference Record: Green
Bay 3-0, WSU 3-1. Series Record: Series is tied, 24-24.
GAME NOTES: The Wright State Raiders try to keep their perfect home record
intact, as they host the Green Bay Phoenix in Horizon League action at the
Nutter Center on Friday night.
The Raiders have delivered on nine home dates so far this season, but the team
is a mere 1-8 in true road outings, which counters almost all of the success
the team has enjoyed at the Nutter Center. Nevertheless, Wright State is
coming off a 58-53 victory in the building last Sunday versus Illinois-
Chicago, the squad's second straight win and the sixth in seven tries overall.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix are streaking along as one of the best overall programs
in the Horizon League with a record of 13-3. The team is still undefeated in
conference play, thanks to a 93-86 overtime affair versus Milwaukee on the
road last Sunday. Altogether, Green Bay has won eight straight and 10 of its
last 11 outings.
According to Green Bay sources, the series between these two teams is
currently tied at 24-24. Last season, Wright State took both encounters,
although the second meeting went to double-overtime before the Raiders came
away with the 70-68 triumph on the road.
The teams will match up at least one more time this season, as Green Bay hosts
the Raiders in two weeks.
It took some time for Keifer Sykes to warm up, but once he did he headed
towards a career-high 34 points as the Phoenix grabbed the win in overtime
against Milwaukee at U.S. Cellular Arena. Sykes converted 13-of-28 from the
floor, adding eight rebounds and five assists, while Alec Brown filled his
stat line with 19 points, nine boards and three blocked shots before fouling
out. The same goes for Jordan Fouse with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven
dishes, followed by Greg Mays with 11 points for the victors.
In addition to being the leading scorer for the Phoenix with 20.5 ppg, Sykes
is also tops in the passing department with 84 assists. Fouse (6.3 ppg) is the
leader on the glass with 8.4 rpg, but adding another element to his presence
in the paint is Brown (16.2 ppg) who couples his 6.5 rpg with 55 blocked shots
for a program that is one of the nation's leaders with 124 rejections,
compared to only 54 for the competition.
The Raiders shot a dismal 28.0 percent from the field in the first half and a
collective 34.0 percent overall against UIC over the weekend, yet that was
still good enough for WSU to come away with the home win. AJ Pacher accounted
for 17 points and eight rebounds, doing the majority of his scoring at the
free-throw line where he finished 11-of-13. Jerran Young pitched in with 13
points and Reggie Arceneaux 10, the latter shooting just 2-of-8 from the
With Pacher being the only player scoring in double figures for the Raiders
with his 10.8 ppg, which makes sense since he is the only one to have started
every game, you could say the team likes to spread the wealth on offense. No
one is playing more than 26 minutes per game and there have been nine
different players to appear in the starting lineup for a squad that is
generating 68.1 ppg and holding the opposition to just 61.1 ppg, while forcing
those programs into an average of 17.6 turnovers per contest.
Both of these teams are having strong years, but even though Wright State
seems to have the tougher defense, it will be hard for the Raiders to keep
track of all the weapons Green Bay will put on the floor tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Green Bay 68, Wright State 64
01/17 10:35:18 ET
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