Who: Morehead State (3-7) at Wright State (5-6)
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Series: Morehead State leads 5-7
Coaches: Scott Nagy is 50-28 in his third year at Wright State and 460-268 in 24 years overall. Preston Spradlin is 11-28 in his second year at Morehead State.
Probable Wright State starters
Mark Hughes, 6-4, Sr., G, 9.5
Cole Gentry, 5-10, Jr., G, 13.2
Alan Vest, 6-3, Sr., G, 4.6
Bill Wampler, 6-6, Jr., F, 14.4
Loudon Love, 6-9, So., C, 13.5
Probable Morehead State starters
Jordan Walker, 6-0, Jr., G, 15.5
Lamontray Harris, 6-7, Sr., G, 12.1
A.J. Hicks, 6-0, Sr., G, 12.0
De’von Cooper, 6-4, So., G, 7.8
James Baker, 6-6, So., F, 4.6
About Wright State: The Raiders continued their pattern of slow starts in a 91-52 win over Northwestern Ohio last week, trailing 25-21 with 4:31 left in the first half before catching fire. They’ve played well in the first half of four games this season, leading at halftime against Western Carolina (52-26), Toledo (40-32), North Florida (44-33) and SMU (39-33), but they trailed at the midway point in their other Division-I games against Murray State (35-29), Penn State (45-28), Indiana State (31-27), Miami (30-21) and Kent State (39-34), losing all five of those games as well their outing against SMU. They also were losing by seven in the first half against Cedarville before taking a 27-25 halftime. “I don’t want to say we haven’t played with good energy, but we’re just not playing very well in the first half of games. And in some of those games, we’ve been out of it at halftime,” Nagy said.
About Morehead State: The Eagles are coming off a 77-72 overtime loss at home to Samford. Hicks had two free throws with one second left in regulation with his team trailing by a point, and he missed the first and made the second. They have only one win against a Division-I team, beating Missouri-Kansas City. They’ve faced two Horizon League teams, losing to Northern Kentucky, 93-71, at home and Green Bay, 87-70, at a neutral site. … In the Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll, they were picked in a tie for 10th out of 12 teams. … Harris was named to the 12-player preseason all-league team. He averaged 11.0 points and 6.8 rebounds last year while shooting 86 percent from the foul line. He’s averaging 9.2 rebounds this year. … The Eagles have a nine-player rotation with sub forward Malek Green averaging 8.7 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Coming up: The Raiders finish the non-league season at 9-1 Mississippi State at 7 p.m. Saturday on the SEC Network. They open conference play with home games against UIC on Dec. 28 and IUPUI on Dec. 30.