Morehead State (4-3) at Wright State (4-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 1, 2 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Nutter Center (10,400) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: MSU 3-0, WSU 1-0. Away Record: MSU 0-3, WSU 2-1. Neutral Record: MSU 1-0, WSU 1-1. Conference Record: MSU 0-0, WSU 0-0. Series Record: MSU leads, 6-4.
GAME NOTES: The Wright State Raiders welcome the Morehead State Eagles to the Nutter Center for a non-league matchup.
Both teams enter the contest with four wins on the season but with losses in two of their last three outings. Morehead State was on the wrong end of a 70-67 final at Marshall on Wednesday night, which dropped the team's record in true road games to 0-3. Following this tilt, the Eagles will play six of their next eight at home.
Meanwhile, Wright State went 1-2 at the Utah Thanksgiving Tournament in Salt Lake City last week, sandwiching a win over Idaho State (60-45) in between losses to Central Michigan (59-55) and Utah (66-54). After this matchup, the Raiders will pay a visit to Bowling Green on Monday night.
Morehead State holds a 6-4 lead in the head-to-head series.
The Eagles heard the referee's whistle quite often on Wednesday as they were called for 32 fouls, compared to 17 for Marshall. The Thundering Herd capitalized on those whistles with a key 28-8 scoring advantage at the free- throw line. Junior guard Jarrett Stokes, who hit the go-ahead 3-pointer against Norfolk State on Monday, led the way with a career-high 14 points behind a 4-of-6 effort from the perimeter. Still, the Eagles were not able to pull out the win despite holding Marshall to 33.3-percent shooting from the floor. The game featured four ties and 10 lead changes, but Marshall's ability to get to the charity stripe proved to be a key factor in the outcome. Looking forward, MSU could certainly use a better effort from leading scorer Milton Chavis (17.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg), who shot just 4-of-14 from the field and finished with 11 points.
Ever since notching an 80-70 win over Idaho in the season opener, Wright State has failed to score more than 60 points in each of its last five outings. However, the team has managed to win four of its first six contests thanks to a defensive presence that has limited the opposition to 54.7 points per game. Foes are shooting just 41 percent from the floor and only 26.4 percent from long range against the Raiders. J.T. Yoho leads the team with 11.8 ppg to go along with 4.5 rpg. He is shooting a ridiculous 68.6 percent from the field (24-of-35) and 64.7 percent from beyond the arc (11-of-17). Reserve Miles Dixon is also averaging double figures with 10.5 ppg. Against Utah last Saturday, WSU jumped out to an 8-0 lead only to watch the Utes gradually take control and begin to pull away in the second half, leading by as many as 17 late in regulation. Reggie Arceneaux was the lone Raider in double figures with 12 points, although WSU was out-rebounded by a 34-21 margin and was out- scored at the foul line, 18-1.
If the Eagles hope to pull this one out on the road, they'll need to play much more disciplined on the defensive end. Look for Wright State to take this one in what could be a rather low-scoring affair.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wright State 59, Morehead State 55
12/01 10:34:08 ET