WSU vs. Cleveland State: What you need to know about Thursday’s game


Who: Wright State (17-6, 9-1) at Cleveland State (5-18, 2-8)

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Wolstein Center

TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5

Probable Wright State starters

Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.3

Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.8

Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.2

Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 11.8

Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.5

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Probable Cleveland State starters

Stefan Kenic, 6-9, Fr., F, 8.5

Jamarcus Hairston, 6-8, Sr., F, 5.0

Kenny Carpenter, 6-5, Sr., G, 12.6

Tyree Appleby, 6-1, Fr., G, 10.9

Bobby Word, 6-4, Sr., G, 10.6

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Series history: Wright State leads 35-33 and has won four in a row.

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 37-18 in two seasons at Wright State. His career record in 23 seasons is 446-258. Dennis Felton is 5-18 in his first season at Cleveland State and 189-163 in 12 seasons overall.

Last games: Wright State beat Oakland 64-51Sunday afternoonCleveland State fell 70-47 at Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday.

About Wright State: The Raiders have won 10 of 11 overall and five of six on the road. … WSU survived a double-overtime thriller to win 74-68 in its last visit to the Wolstein Center on Feb. 18, 2017. … The Raiders have a one-game lead in the HL standings and are attempting to go wire-to-wire after winning their first seven conference games. … Love is the reigning HL freshman of the week, winning the award for the fifth time in the last seven weeks after scoring 18 points and tying his career high with 17 rebounds against Oakland for his ninth double-double. … Freshman Jaylon Hall scored 15 points and tied his career high with three 3-pointers Sunday against the Grizzlies. … The Raiders have an 83 percent chance of winning according to KenPom.com, which predicts a final of 69-59. WSU is ranked 121st out of 351 teams in the Pomeroy ratings.

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About Cleveland State: The Vikings have lost seven of eight. … CSU is 5-5 at home this season. … The Vikings rank last in the HL in scoring offense (67.0) and are seventh in scoring defense (73.2). … Sophomore forward Evan Clayborne is a Thurgood Marshall High School graduate who is averaging 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 16 games. … Eight of the 23 CSU games this season have been decided by three or fewer points. … The Vikings went 13 of 37 (35.1 percent) from the free throw line in their first two games this season but have since gone 225 of 305 (73.8 percent), including a HL-leading 77.6 percent (125 of 161) in conference games. … CSU is tied with Wright State for third in assist/turnover ratio in league games (1.06). … The Vikings are 330th in the Pomeroy ratings. 

Next game: Wright State travels to Youngstown State on Saturday.



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