Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Wright State: 3/2/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Wright State Raiders (18-5) vs Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers (9-11)
Game Info: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Ervin J. Nutter Center)
Betting Odds: Wright State Raiders -14.5 -- Over/Under: 150.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Milwaukee Panthers will travel to the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders in the Quarterfinals of the Horizon League Championship this Tuesday night.
The Milwaukee Panthers finished their regular season with an overall record of 8-11 and earned the 8-seed in the Horizon League Championship after finishing conference play with a 7-10 record. Milwaukee was matched up with the 9-seed IUPUI Jaguars in the first round of the conference tournament and was able to advance after defeated IUPUI by an 84-72 margin this past Thursday. Milwaukee was outstanding on the offensive end against IUPUI and had no trouble holding off the Jaguars after taking a 73-64 lead with 3:50 left in regulation. Milwaukee shot 47.4% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc while IUPUI shot 43.9% from the field and 31.8% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Panthers was Te’Jon Lucas who had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Milwaukee is averaging 75.2 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 33.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Milwaukee has been led by DeAndre Gholston (16.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg), Te’Jon Lucas (14.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Josh Thomas (11.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), & Tafari Simms (8.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg).
Defensively, Milwaukee is allowing their opponents to average 75.8 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -2.6 and a turnover margin of 2.1.
The Wright State Raiders finished their regular season with an overall record of 18-5 and earned the 2-seed in the Horizon League Championship after finishing conference play with a 16-4 overall record. Wright State had an impressive win early in the season after defeating a talented Bowling Green team by an 85-67 margin on the road, however, the Raiders got off to a slow start in conference play this season, losing 3 of 4 games at one point, including surprising back-to-back losses to Oakland and Youngstown State. Wright State was able to bounce back from those losses to reel off 9 straight wins, however, a costly loss at Northern Kentucky in their last 2-game series of the regular season cost them a chance to catch Cleveland State for the regular season Horizon championship.
On the season, Wright State is averaging 81.5 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field. The Raiders are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wright State has been led by Loudon Love (16.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 bpg), Tanner Holden (15.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.7 apg), Grant Basile (14.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.8 apg), & Tim Finke (10.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.9 apg).
Defensively, Wright State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 40.0% shooting from the field. The Raiders have a rebound margin of 9.2 and a turnover margin of -0.8.
The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Raiders are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Wright State is once again one of the top Horizon teams this season and have been solid on both ends of the court this year as the Raiders rank 16th in scoring offense, t-65th in scoring defense, & 23rd in defensive FG%. Milwaukee had a tough regular season, however, the Panthers do have an offense that score the basketball and were playing much better down the stretch which included two ATS covers at Wright State in mid-February. Milwaukee’s offense has been on a roll as of late, averaging 83.4 ppg over their last 5 games and as the Panthers recently showed success on the offensive end against the Wright State defense at the Nutter Center, I think the play here is to take Milwaukee and the large number of points. Good Luck!