Sizing Up the Opposition

PITTSBURGH -- It's a good bet that University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team knows more about Wright State than it did when the NCAA Tournament brackets were announced, and here's the scoop.

Wright State is a public university in Dayton, Ohio with nearly 17,000 students and is named after the famous Wright Brothers.

The Raiders (23-9), the Horizon League regular-season and tournament champions, have played Pitt twice. The Panthers won 76-65 at the Nutter Center on November 20, 1998 in Coach Ralph Willard's final season and 69-52 in Pittsburgh on November 19, 1999 in Coach Ben Howland's initial year.

Wright State is coached by Brad Brownell, who is in his first season after four as the head coach at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Brownell replaced three-year coach Paul Biancardi at Wright State, and he took over for Ed Schilling after his six seasons. Pitt coach Jamie Dixon was pursued and interviewed for the position, but Biancardi was hired.

The Raiders are led by 5-foot-11 senior guard DeShaun Woods with 19.8 points, five rebounds and four assists per game with 37.5-percent shooting from 3-point range and nearly 89 percent from the free-throw line.

Other key Wright State players include 6-3 freshman guard Vaughn Duggins with 8.9 points per game and nearly 36-percent shooting from 3-point range, 6-6 senior forward Drew Burleson with 8.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and better than 47-percent 3-point shooting and 6-5 freshman guard Todd Brown with 8.6 points and nearly 35-percent shooting from 3-point range and 6-8 junior forward Jordan Pleiman with 7.4 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Like Pitt, nine Raiders play on a regular basis. They are 6-6 junior forward Scottie Wilson, 6-2 sophomore guard Will Graham, 6-3 senior guard Tyrone Scott and 6-2 senior guard Reinaldo Smith. Wright State shoots nearly 74 percent from the free-throw line as a team.

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