With only one day in between games, Wright State coach Billy Donlon didn’t have a lot of time to keep his eye on SportsCenter, but he made sure to check it out Thursday night to see where Jerran Young’s dunk against Eastern Illinios landed on the top 10 plays.
These days, any standout play immediately becomes a candidate for the top 10, and sports information directors scramble to get ESPN’s attention.
“The one thing I like about it is a lot of people watch SportsCenter,” Donlon said, “and it’s consistently replayed.”
That gets the Wright State name out there for the masses in the same way a game televised on ESPN does. Young’s dunk landed at No. 3, just ahead of a dunk by Clemson, which is coached by Donlon’s predecessor, Brad Brownell.
Young snatched an in-bounds pass from Reggie Arceneaux and threw it down with one hand to get on SportsCenter. Of course, more important than that dunk was the result of the game, a 70-43 victory that snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Raiders (6-7) have a quick turnaround. They host Missouri-Kansas City (3-7) at 7 p.m. tonight.
The Kangaroos just beat Miami 69-55 at Millett Hall, where the Raiders lost 59-56 on Sunday. The Kangaroos also beat Youngstown State 88-80 on Dec. 7, and the Penguins (8-5) have the second-most wins in the Horizon League.
Preparing for a non-conference game with only one day of rest is difficult. Donlon’s assistants start prepping for games weeks ahead of time, so they’re not cramming in one day, but they’ll only talk about two or three things with the players so they don’t get overloaded.
“You’ve got to come in with your system and hope your system is good enough to get the job done,” Donlon said. “In-game adjustments become important.”
Donlon hopes Kendall Griffin will be able to play more tonight. He didn’t start Thursday and played only eight minutes because he sustained a hip pointer in practice Wednesday.
Missouri-Kansas City at Wright State, 7 p.m., Dayton CW, 106.5