Can Wright State beat Tennessee? Here’s what the experts are saying

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 9:03 AM

Wright State’s Grant Benzinger dribbles around Miami’s Jalen Adaway during their game Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Millett Hall on the Miami University Campus in Oxford. The Miami University Redhawks basketball team defeated the Wright State Raiders 73-67 in overtime. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Wright State’s Grant Benzinger dribbles around Miami’s Jalen Adaway during their game Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Millett Hall on the Miami University Campus in Oxford. The Miami University Redhawks basketball team defeated the Wright State Raiders 73-67 in overtime. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

The Wright State University men’s basketball team takes on the University of Tennessee at 12:40 p.m. Thursday in Dallas.

The WSU Raiders received a No. 14 seed in the tournament and the Tennessee team they’ll face was seeded No. 3. Though that may seem like a big difference, Wright State stands a chance at beating the Volunteers and advancing to the second round of the big dance.

RELATED: Trying to catch the Wright State game? Here’s where to go to watch it

Odds Shark, a website that focuses on odds, sports betting and college basketball, predicts the game could be a close one. As of Wednesday morning, the website predicts the Raiders will fall to the Volunteers by a score of around 68 to 71.

Here’s what the experts across the news and sports world are saying about Wright State’s odds of winning.

Joe Boozell, NCAA.com writer for CNN

“Let’s get a little nuts. Tennessee is better, but both defenses are stout — there won’t be many possessions in this game, increasing the likelihood of an upset. The Raiders force turnovers on 21 percent of opponents’ possessions; the Vols are prone to coughing it up. Winner: Wright State.”

RELATED: Wright State catches a break: 14 seeds have history of NCAA Tournament upsets

Victor Mather, sports reporter for The New York Times

“Worst Offense: Wright State, the No. 14 seed in the South Region, is averaging 102.3 points per 100 possessions, better than more than 100 Division I schools, but worst among those that made the tournament.”

Mike Hartsock, sports director for WHIO-TV

“I’m going to go with the 14th seeded Wright State Raiders to take out Tennessee. It’s happened before, not Wright State but 14s beating 3s has happened. There’s my upset right there. I leave Tuesday for that game so hopefully I don’t come back until Sunday.”

David Jablonski, sports reporter for Dayton Daily News

“I’m going with Tennessee because Wright State has had an amazing season but they didn’t exactly dominate some of the teams in the Horizon League and Tennessee has been a really good team…a really good three seed not just any three seed.”

RELATED: March Madness: 7 facts to compare Wright State Raiders and Tennessee Volunteers

Chip Patterson, college basketball writer for CBS Sports

Pick: Wright State over Tennessee.

Terry A. Lambert, site manager for SB Nation’s Rocky Top Talk

“Tennessee’s offensive dry spells are slightly worrisome here, considering Wright State’s defensive abilities. But I think Admiral Schofield is going to be a problem that the Raiders won’t have an answer for. Throw in the fact that Tennessee’s guards are playing perhaps some of their best ball of the year and I think you’ve got a comfortable Volunteer win. Tennessee 70, Wright State 54.”

Trending - Most Read Stories

New Premier Health Urgent Care locations coming Monday

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 8:42 PM

Huber Heights and Troy announced new Urgent Care Center openings during two open houses earlier today and yesterday, according to a release.

The Premier Health Urgent Care in Huber Heights is located at 8290 Old Troy Pike and the Premier Health Urgent Care in Troy is located at 1843 W. Main Street, with both officially opening on Monday, June 25.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: American Red Cross on scene of Piqua house fire

Each location will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. every day of the week, and will be staffed by local advanced practice providers.

These two new locations will handle a variety of health care needs from minor illnesses to injuries. Providers will also be able to conduct school and sports physicals, administer vaccinations, diagnostic testing, X-rays, and more.

MORE LOCAL NEWS

Patients will be able to register for an appointment time online and wait in the comfort of their own home up until the time of their appointment. Walk-in appointments will also be available through the convenient registration at self-check-in kiosks. Individuals who check-in on-site may leave to run errands while they wait for their time to arrive, and be alerted through mobile devices when their appointment is getting close so they don’t risk losing their spot in line.

For more information on Premier Health Urgent Care, visit PremierUrgentCareOH.com.

Trending - Most Read Stories

American Red Cross on scene of Piqua house fire

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 7:40 PM

A two-story house fire left the inside with extensive fire damage, according to the Northern Bureau Chief for WHIO-TV Steve Baker.

Crews were dispatced at 4:50 p.m. to 524 First Street in the Shawnee Section of Piqua.

There are no apparent injuries, but the American Red Cross is on scene to help displace the family.

It is unsure of how many people are being displaced.

The County Fire Investigator is also on scene helping to determine the cause of fire.

The fire damage estimate is unknown.

Trending - Most Read Stories

Amateur Radio "Field Day" held in Huber Heights

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 6:19 PM

Members of the Huber Heights Amateur Radio Club are currently participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise at Cottonwood Park located at 6000 Fishburg Road. The event lasts until past dark and is open to the public.

Since 1922, ham radio operators across North American have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communication network. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2017.

MORE LOCAL NEWS

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Communications Manager for the American Radio Relay League David Isgur. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

Anyone can become a licensed Amateur Radio operator, and with clubs such as Huber Heights Amateur Radio Club, anyone can get involved right here in the Miami Valley.

For more information about Field Day or Amateur Radio, contact larry Sack--N8QNM--at LSACKN8WNM@gmail.com or 937-974-1971, or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio or http://www.arrl.org/field-day.

Trending - Most Read Stories

Bicyclist killed in Middletown accident identified

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:52 PM

Middletown ped strike

A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle Saturday afternoon near Middletown’s Sunset Park.

Paul G. Klein, 66, of Middletown was killed after he failed to stop at a stop sign around 2:20 p.m. as he was traveling east on Fisher Avenue and was struck by a 2017 Jeep Cherokee, according to police.

Klein was struck by the Maroon colored Jeep Cherokee driven by Sharma Finley, 66, of Middletown, who was traveling southbound on Sunset Street approaching the intersection with Fisher Avenue, police said.

Middletown Police and EMS arrived on scene and pronounced Klein dead. Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers arrived on scene for the crash investigation.

Finley was not injured in the crash.

Klein was wearing protective equipment at the time of the crash. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A 66-year-old, male bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle near Middletown’s Sunset Park, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.(Staff Writer)

MORE: ‘Your heart just swells’: These 10 Butler County foster kids have defied the odds

Trending - Most Read Stories