The Oakland Golden Grizzlies and the Wright State Raiders meet in Horizon League college basketball action from the Ervin J. Nutter Center on Thursday night.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies come into this game looking for some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games following an 83-68 win over Cleveland State in their last outing. Brad Brechting led the Golden Grizzlies with 32 points on an extremely efficient 14 of 15 shooting night from the floor while Jaevin Cumberland added 20 points and 4 assists. Xavier Hill-Mais added 10 points with team-highs of 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the double-double to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Oakland in the win. Braden Norris added 3 triples for his 9 points along with 4 assists of his own as well in the victory. Hill-Mais leads Oakland with an average of 19.8 points and 7 rebounds per game while Norris leads the Golden Grizzlies in assists with 4.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Oakland is averaging 77.5 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the field, 39.5% from behind the 3-point line and 74.7% from the foul line this season.
The Wright State Raiders will look to keep their momentum going after winning 5 of their last 6 games following a 79-74 win over IUPUI in their last outing. Billy Wampler led the Raiders with 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 3 threes while Cole Gentry and Mark Hughes each had 13 points with Gentry adding a team-high 5 assists while Hughes led the Raiders with 7 rebounds. Loudon Love added 12 points to finish off the quartet of double-digit scorers for Wright State in the winning effort. Love leads Wright State with an average of 14.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while Cole Gentry leads the Raiders in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Wright State is averaging 72.8 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 34.2% from behind the 3-point line and 74.9% from the foul line this season.
Oakland is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 21-5 in their last 26 conference games. Wright State is 5-16 ATS in their last 21 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. Oakland is 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
Wright State’s mark in conference is impressive, because a lot of the Raiders’ success has had to come on the road. However, while I think Wright State will win this game, this line feels a bit thick considering that in Oakland’s 11 conference games, 10 have either been wins or a loss by 3 points or less. I just think this is a case of too many points and given Oakland’s recent form ATS, I think the Golden Grizzlies and the points are the play in this matchup.