Miami-Ohio (3-5) at Wright State (7-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 19, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Nutter Center (10,400) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: CW- Dayton. Home Record: Miami 2-0, Wright State 3-0. Away Record: Miami 1-5, Wright State 3-2. Neutral Record: Miami 0-0, Wright State 1-1. Conference Record: Miami 0-0, Wright State 0-0. Series Record: Miami-Ohio leads, 17-10.
GAME NOTES: The Miami-Ohio RedHawks try to become the first visiting team to win at the Nutter Center this season as they conclude their four-game road trip versus the Wright State Raiders on Wednesday.
The RedHawks lost the first three games of the road trip to IPFW (57-56), Evansville (94-68), and Dayton (83-61) to fall to 3-5. Miami has been off since its Dec. 8 loss to the Flyers. Although coach John Cooper's team has a losing record, it has also faced two ranked foes in NC State and Louisville.
Wright State is coming off of a pair of wins that made it 7-3 on the year. The Raiders completed a 92-59 rout of VMI before clipping Hofstra by six points on Saturday. Billy Donlon's team suffered setbacks to its first two MAC opponents on Nov. 21 to Central Michigan (59-55) and Dec. 3 at Bowling Green (54-41). The Raiders are perfect in three outings at home this season.
The RedHawks and Raiders are squaring off for the 28th time with Miami holding a 17-10 edge in the all-time series. Wright State has come out on top in the last two meetings, including its 51-49 decision in Oxford last season.
Miami had no answer for Dayton's balanced attack its last time out as all five of the Flyers in the starting five reached double figures. The RedHawks were completely outplayed as they were outrebounded 45-22 and committed 16 turnovers. They are being outscored by their opposition by an average of 8.9 points per game and beat in the rebounding battle by 8.6 caroms per contest. Starting forward Will Felder paced Miami at Dayton with 18 points and Jon Harris added 16 points. Junior guard Allen Roberts, who leads the team with 11.8 ppg, went just 1-of-6 from the field for five points. Freshman Reggie Johnson netted nine points and is averaging 12.3 ppg over his last four games. Although Quinten Rollins rarely lights up the scoreboard, he does a decent job as a floor general and averages 4.6 assists per game.
Wright State knocked down 7-of-15 attempts from three-point range in the opening half to jump out to a big lead over Hofstra. The Raiders assisted 15 of their 22 made field goals in the game and forced the Pride, who shot 36 percent from the field, into 16 turnovers. The stingy effort was nothing new as Wright State ranks 12th nationally in scoring defense, giving up just 55.5 ppg. Junior forward Cole Darling had a stellar 25-point, nine-rebound performance versus Hofstra and Reggie Arceneaux chipped in 13 points. Darling leads the team in scoring (14 ppg), but he has been very inconsistent this season with two 25-plus point outings and a pair of two-point showings. Arceneaux is second with 10.2 ppg and Miles Dixon is a close third (10.2 ppg).
The RedHawks' recent offensive troubles will not be easily cured against the Raiders. Wright State's deep 10-man rotation keeps fresh defenders on the floor to aggressively frustrate their opponents. Miami will need Roberts and Johnson to find a way to fill it up to pull off the road win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wright State 64, Miami-Ohio 58
12/19 10:39:13 ET