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Oakland (5-10) at Wright State (8-7)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 2, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Nutter Center (10,400) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: OU 5-2, WSU 7-0. Away Record: OU 0-6, WSU 0-7. Neutral Record: OU 0-2, WSU 1-0. Conference Record: OU 0-0, WSU 0-0. Series Record: Wright State leads, 4-2.

GAME NOTES: The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will make their Horizon League debut on Thursday when they visit the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders.

Although Oakland is sitting five games below the .500 mark, it has played much better since beginning the season with seven consecutive setbacks with three of the losses coming courtesy of ranked opponents. Coach Greg Kampe's Golden Grizzlies built up some steam heading into their conference slate with three wins in their final four outings of December. Oakland defeated Illinois State (90-75) and lost to Eastern Michigan in overtime before knocking off Robert Morris (100-94) and Division III foe Defiance (87-66) to improve to a 5-10 record. All five of the Grizzlies' victories came at home and they are 0-6 in true road tests.

The Raiders earned their third win in a row on Sunday as they held off Bowling Green for a 46-43 win. Wright State missed all 13 of its attempts from 3-point range, but outscored the Falcons 30-18 in the paint to improve to 8-7 on the season. Wright State had not finished a game without a made 3-pointer since the 2005-06 season. Coach Billy Donlon's team has outscored its opposition by an average of seven ppg and owns a 7-0 record at the Nutter Center.

This will be the seventh meeting in history between these schools on the hardwood. The Raiders are 4-2 against Oakland, including a 2-1 record since the Grizzlies joined the Division I ranks.

The Grizzlies have a pair of national leaders in their backcourt in seniors Travis Bader and Duke Mondy. Bader is averaging 4.8 makes from beyond the arc per game to pace all Division I players, while Mondy is registering 4.18 steals per outing. Bader's outside shooting in addition to his 93.2 percent efficiency at the free-throw line has helped him average a Horizon League best 22.1 ppg. Corey Petros has also been a key player for Oakland with contributions of 13.9 ppg and 8.3 rpg. Bader poured in 34 points to spearhead the charge in the team's recent win over Defiance. Freshman point guard Kahlil Felder has handed out 19 assists over the last two games.

A.J. Pacher tallied 14 points and nine rebounds for Wright State in its low- scoring affair against BGSU. WSU's tenacity on the defensive end was evident in the contest as it forced the Falcons into 21 turnovers. Miles Dixon contributed 13 points on 5-of-9 from the floor for the Raiders. Pacher is averaging a team-best 10.7 ppg while converting 69.7 percent of his attempts to lead the Horizon League in field goal percentage. Donlon's strategy of applying intense pressure on the defensive end of the floor requires him to use a deep rotation. As a result, 12 different Raiders are clocking more than 10 minutes per game to this point in the season.

WSU's chances in this one will hinge on its ability to contain Bader. Oakland's lights out shooter can take over a game if he gets into a rhythm, but the Raiders will most likely be able to limit Bader's success with their stifling defense. The hosts will need to establish a leader on the floor to strive in conference play, which is possible if Pacher continues to dominate offensively.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wright State 68, Oakland 63

01/02 10:31:31 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
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NOR