Green Bay (9-13) at Wright State (11-14)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, February 10th, 9:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Wright State Nutter Center (11,000) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Green Bay 9-2, WSU 8-5. Away Record: Green Bay 0-11, WSU 3-8. Neutral Record: Green Bay 0-0, WSU 0-1. Conference Record: Green Bay 5-7, WSU 6-7. Series Record: Green Bay leads, 23-22.
GAME NOTES: With just four true road games remaining on their regular-season schedule, the Green Bay Phoenix try yet again to register that elusive first road win as they challenge the Wright State Raiders in Horizon League action at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.
Green Bay has come up empty in 11 true road games this season, last winning a date away from home on February 24, 2011 in a 71-60 triumph over Youngstown State. More recently the team was at home last weekend and was handed an 81-75 setback by Milwaukee, a decision which snapped a brief two-game win streak and moved the Phoenix to 5-7 in conference play.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are kicking off a three-game homestand with tonight's matchup, with games against Milwaukee and Detroit to follow before WSU closes out the regular season with three straight road dates. Last Saturday, the team suffered a second straight loss as it bowed to Valparaiso, 63-54, which means it is now a game under .500 in HL action at 6-7.
Green Bay won the first meeting of the season at home last month, 57-56, which means the all-time series now favors the Phoenix by a count of 23-22. During that first game, Alec Brown set a Horizon League record as he blocked a total of 11 shots and Keifer Sykes won the game for the hosts with a pair of free throws with seconds remaining in regulation.
Sykes scored 25 points, shooting 10-of-14 from the floor, but still his efforts were not enough to keep the Phoenix out of the loss column versus Milwaukee last weekend. Alec Brown also had a strong game with 18 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out, while Kam Cerroni tacked on 17 points for a squad that made good on an even 50 percent from the floor but had trouble keeping tabs on Milwaukee's perimeter shooters who made good on 12-of-23 chances. The only player to have started every game for Green Bay, Brown leads the program in both scoring and rebounding with 13.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, respectively. With 67 rejections he is far and away the top performer in the that category as well, which makes it easier to overlook the fact that he has but 16 assists thus far. Sykes has had some strong games this season for the Phoenix, yet he is averaging just 10.0 ppg.
Julius Mays scored a team-high 20 points, shooting 6-of-13 from the floor, but that means the rest of the starters combined to make just 5-of-22 shots from the field as the Raiders suffered the loss to Valpo on the road over the weekend. Reggie Arceneaux accounted for another 11 points which means the rest of the squad combined for a mere 21 points as the team shot only 29.6 percent from the field and 5-of-24 behind the three-point line. Through 25 games, Mays is the lone double-digit scorer for the program with his 14.4 ppg, shooting an impressive 40.9 percent from three-point range along the way. Arceneaux checks in with 8.7 ppg and has combined with Mays to deliver 112 of the squad's 245 assists. Unfortunately, the offense is still rather stagnant, hitting just 38.9 percent of its shots from the floor in netting a mere 57.9 ppg.
At some point Green Bay has got to break through on the road and tonight is as good a time as any, as long as Brown can again bring the defense in the paint and Sykes is able to produce sufficient offense for the visitors.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Green Bay 63, Wright State 58
02/10 10:31:08 ET