The Wright State Raiders and Oakland Grizzlies are scheduled to meet at the Athletics Center O’rena on Friday night. This game isn’t going to move the meter much, and a game the vast majority of people will pass over. However, if you’re just a casual college basketball fan and not a diehard, there likely isn’t going to be one game on the Friday slate that is going to interest you. There isn’t one ranked team on the schedule, so you’ll have to wait until tomorrow.
There is plenty of ranked action on Saturday, as 14 games will play, including No. 1 Gonzaga at home. Gonzaga is welcoming San Francisco to McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday night. The biggest game of the day on Saturday is undoubtedly the Texas Longhorns and Kansas Jayhawks. Iowa and Rutgers should offer an entertaining contest as well.
I have two college basketball picks for Friday. In our other selection, the Liberty Flames and Lipscomb Bisons game might be worth checking out if you are looking for more picks on Friday. If your bankroll can’t support it, then don’t force games you might not like, though. Taking days off when there’s nothing you like can be a win in itself. The goal is to make a profit over the long haul, so there’s nothing wrong with that.
Wright State is searching for their seventh win of the season in Michigan on Friday night. They’ve been off to a nice start, and hope to reach the NCAA Tournament as a winner of the Horizon League. They’re in the driver’s seat right now. Cleveland State and Wright State are both 4-0 in the conference, while Wright State has the advantage with an overall record of 6-1 as opposed to 4-3 for Cleveland State.
Oakland has played the most games in the conference, but they don’t have anything to show for their work. The Grizzlies head into Friday with a record of 2-9. The good news is that Oakland has looked better since Horizon League play began. The bad news is that their two wins were both against an equally bad Detroit team. A Detroit team that is taking the week off for mental health reasons. Head below for our free Wright State vs. Oakland pick on January 1, 2021.
Wright State Raiders vs. Oakland Grizzlies NCAA Betting Odds:
Wright State vs. Oakland Prediction:
Oakland has looked good against one team this season. They beat Detroit in back-to-back contests at home by a score of 77-75 and 83-80. Like I noted above, Detroit is taking this week off to deal with mental health concerns. They want to give each member of the team a chance to recharge their batteries and get their heads straight before continuing again.
Even before the Oakland losses, Detroit was struggling and they go into their self imposed break with a record of 1-7. In other words, don’t be too impressed with Oakland’s two recent wins, their only of the season.
The Grizzlies have netted an average of 68.2 points per game for 254th in the NCAA. That would be fine if Oakland played defense, but they don’t. Even against a bad Titans team, Oakland had trouble stopping them. Oakland has allowed a staggering 85.5 points per game, which is close to dead last in the NCAA.
It doesn’t get much worse than their terrible effort on defense. Any decent offense that Oakland faced has bypassed 80 points fairly easily. Wright State is capable offensively and should be able to score at will on the Grizzlies. The Raiders have notched an average of 79.3 points a game, good for 77th in the NCAA.
Wright State played Detroit in a back-to-back recently as well. Unlike Oakland, the Raiders blew out the Titans in both outings. Wright State were in control, as they topped the Titans by a score of 93-70 and 85-72. I don’t believe they cared much in the second game and still defeated them by 13 points.
Meanwhile, Oakland had to scrap for both wins, as they needed overtime for the first win, and a three pointer away from going to overtime a second time the following day. Note that the Raiders have a serious edge defensively in this one, too. Wright State has allowed 66.6 points per game for about 20 points better than Oakland. Now back to reality for Oakland after beating a bad Detroit Mercy team. I like Wright State by double digits.