The Wright State Raiders (18-4, 8-1 Hor) head to Milwaukee to take on the Panthers (10-11, 5-4 Hor) in what should be a fast-paced game. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Friday, January 31, 2020.
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The Raiders had no trouble getting past the Northern Kentucky Norse in their last game, 95-63. Tanner Holden was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Wright State played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.186 (below their season average of 0.234) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.712 (above their season average of 0.508). For those same stats, Northern Kentucky recorded marks of 0.106 and 0.424, respectively.
The last time the Panthers played, they were blown out by the Cleveland State Vikings, 70-53. Darius Roy led Milwaukee in scoring with 11 points on 2-for-11 shooting. Cleveland State had an effective field goal percentage of 0.567 (above their season average of 0.444). Milwaukee, meanwhile, forced the Vikings into a turnover percentage of 23.9 (above their season average of 20.1).
There should be a fair amount of transition offense in this matchup that features a pair of the NCAA’s more fast-paced teams. Milwaukee currently ranks 56th in possessions per game (72.3) and Wright State is 42nd (73.0). Additionally, the Raiders commit the 23rd-fewest errors in the nation (turnover percentage of 16.4 percent), while the disruptive defense of the Panthers causes the 55th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.3 percent).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Raiders won 82-70. The Raiders’ offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over the Panthers. Wright State had a rate of 31.4, while Milwaukee posted a mark of 23.5. Love was a standout player in the game, producing 16 points and nine rebounds.
Wright State Raiders at Milwaukee Panthers Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Wright State, ATS Winner – Wright State, O/U – Over
The Panthers rank 43rd in steals allowed per game (5.5) while the Raiders rank 76th (6.0).
Milwaukee averages 24.0 three pointers per game, which ranks 81st in the nation. Wright State ranks 103rd in three pointers allowed per game (20.9).
Wright State ranks sixth in rebounds per game (41.5) while Milwaukee ranks 238th in rebounds allowed per game (38.0).
The Raiders rank 31st in assists allowed per game (10.3) while the Panthers rank 146th (13.0).
Wright State averages 3.9 blocks per game, which ranks 68th in the nation. Milwaukee ranks 118th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
The Panthers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 1.8, up from 0.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Raiders have scored an average of 81.0 points per game (0.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.6 points per game (1.1 below their season average).