The IUPUI Jaguars (3-9, 0-1 Hor) look to end their eight-game road losing streak when they go head-to-head with the Wright State Raiders (9-5, 1-0 Hor), who will attempt to prolong their seven-game home winning streak. Action gets underway at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 30, 2017.
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In the Jaguars last outing, they got blown out by the Northern Kentucky Norse, 77-59. With 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting, D.J. McCall led IUPUI in scoring. Northern Kentucky had an effective field goal percentage of 0.630 (above their season average of 0.562). IUPUI, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (15.1 vs. 18.0).
The Raiders come in on a high note after topping the UIC Flames in their last matchup, 65-61. Wright State’s Grant Benzinger played a pivotal role with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Wright State played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.0 (better than their season average of 17.8) and a free throw rate of 0.266 (above their season average of 0.260). For those same stats, UIC had marks of 25.7 and 0.189, respectively.
This has potential to be an error-filled game for the offense of Wright State. Wright State ranks 230th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 20.0 percent), while the disruptive defense of IUPUI forces the 58th-most turnovers in the nation (22.4 percent). Furthermore, the Jaguars rank 257th in offensive efficiency (101.2), while the Raiders rank 28th in defensive efficiency (92.1).
Justin Mitchell has been playing at a high level over the last five games for Wright State, averaging 13.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.
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Predictions: SU Winner – Wright State, ATS Winner – Wright State, O/U – Under
- Wright State ranks 149th in rebounds per game (35.7) while IUPUI ranks 244th (32.3).
- The Raiders average 7.1 steals per game, which ranks 71st in the NCAA. The Jaguars rank 98th in steals allowed per game (6.4).
- The Raiders average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.8, down from 4.4 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Jaguars have scored an average of 67.4 points per game (2.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 82.4 points per game (5.8 above their season average).