DePaul Blue Demons (1-1) vs. Wright State Raiders (1-1) – Saturday, November 13th, 1:00 p.m. Central - Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois
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Following a 75-68 loss to Southern Mississippi on Wednesday night, the Blue Demons welcome Wright State (1-1) to Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon.
There are some similarities between Southern Miss and Wright State. Both are favored to win their respective conferences. The Raiders are the top choice to win the Horizon League in some publications. The two teams are also similar in Ken Pomeroy's College Basketball Ratings - Southern Miss is rated 70th now, Wright State is ranked 102nd, while the Blue Demons are now 106th.
Wright State is coming off a 23-13 season in which they had been predicted to finish in last place in the Horizon. That surprising finish earned Raiders coach Billy Donlon the league's Coach of the Year Award last season. Wright State returns nine of their top ten players from that team.
Cole Darling was sidelined with a shoulder injury for the last 11 games of last season plus two games this season. Darling looks to be making his return in time for Saturday's game. Darling is a first team all-league selection in the Horizon League. He is Wright State's leading returning scorer, he averaged 11.3 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Raiders last year.
WSU is listed with a record of 1-1, but are actually 0-1 because their lone win came against Division III Mount St. Joseph.
The Raiders are coming off a 80-70 road loss at Georgetown on Wednesday night. Kendall Griffin led the way for WSU in the loss with 15 points. J.T. Yoho and Miles Dixon chipped in with 14 points apiece. Matt Vest contributed with eight points and seven rebounds, while Reggie Arceneaux added eight points off the bench.
WSU will try to dictate a slow pace, low scoring game, and focus on defense first. They were unable to control the tempo at Georgetown, however.
"We need to rebound, bigs and guards, we all need to rebound and defend," DePaul guard Brandon Young said of what his team needs to do against the Raiders. "We have to talk to each other out there. We need to play smart basketball for 40 minutes."
This is the first of two straight games against Horizon League opponents. The Blue Demons also travel to Milwaukee next Tuesday night.
Saturday's game is the first meeting between the two schools.
This game counts as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic exempt tournament. DePaul will face Wichita State in that tournament in Kansas City.
Wright State was a late addition to the Blue Demons schedule. DePaul was originally scheduled to play Rhode Island before the Rams pulled out of the CBE tournament.
- Junior College transfer Forrest Robinson is uncertain for Saturday's game. He suffered a high ankle sprain last week.
Wright State Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)
0 Steven Davis F 6-7 190 Fr. Indianapolis, IN (Manual)
2 Daniel Collie G 5-11 175 So. Parkersburg, WV (Parkersburg Catholic)
3 Reggie Arceneaux G 5-9 160 Jr. New Orleans, LA (Charlotte (NC) Olympic)
4 Jerran Young F 6-6 190 Sr. Cedar Hill, TX (McLennan CC) (Cedar Hill)
5 Miles Dixon G 6-1 180 Sr. Missouri City, TX (Blinn CC) (Elkins)
10 Mark Howell G 5-10 170 Fr. Grand Prairie, TX (South Grand Prairie)
11 JT Yoho F 6-6 220 So. Solsberry, IN (Eastern Greene)
15 Kendall Griffin G 6-4 210 Jr. Avon, IN (Avon)
20 Chrishawn Hopkins G 6-1 170 Jr. Indianapolis, IN (Manual)
22 Cole Darling F 6-8 200 Sr. Holt, MI (Holt)
23 AJ Pacher F 6-10 245 Sr. Vandalia, OH (Butler)
24 Matt Vest G 6-5 200 Sr. Kettering, OH (Chaminade-Julienne)
32 Daniel Meyer F 6-9 225 Fr. Billings, MT (Central Catholic)
34 Stephen Gossard F 6-6 205 Jr. Waynesville, OH (Waynesville)
44 Tavares Sledge F 6-9 225 Jr. Mobile, AL (Brookwood)
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