Wright State announces men's basketball non-conference schedule
After winning 20 games in the regular season for the first time since 2008, second-year head coach Scott Nagy and the WSU Raiders look to build upon the program successes of 2016-17 and turn their attention to the upcoming season. The 2017-18 Wright State men's basketball non-conference schedule will feature teams from 9 different conferences, namely the Atlantic Coast, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Conference USA, Mid-American, Missouri Valley and Ohio Valley. WSU will also host a Thanksgiving weekend tournament for the second consecutive season.
"This non-conference schedule will be competitive and entertaining for our fans," head coach Scott Nagy said. "Along with the tournament again, we play formidable teams at home and on the road that will enable our fans to watch us prepare for a tough Horizon League slate in January and February."
The complete Horizon League schedule will be released when available to create a 17-game home package.
Here's a rundown of the 2017-18 non-league opponents:
Loyola: A former Horizon League school, Loyola now calls the Missouri Valley Conference home. The Ramblers won 18 games a year ago and return three of its top four scorers. The Raiders lead the overall series 24-16 but fell last year in Chicago 77-64. The Raiders travel to Chicago to open the season on November 10.
Miami (OH): The Raiders stay on the road as they travel to Oxford to play traditional rival Miami on November 14. The RedHawks lead the series 19-13 as WSU won last year in Dayton 89-87. MU returns Logan McLane who averaged 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds a year ago.
Murray State: The Racers will be the Raiders home opening opponent after WSU won last year at MSU 77-62. Murray State posted 16 wins a year ago and have won against WSU in four overall tilts. The Raiders open at home on November 18 and Murray State who return its top two scorers.
Tiffin: The Dragons will visit the Nutter Center on November 20 as the official start to WSU's tournament. Tiffin returns its top scorer from its 11-17 slate a year ago.
Gardner-Webb: GWU will be facing the Raiders for the first ever after going 19-14 last year and bring back two of its top three scorers in LaQuincy Rideau (14.2 ppg) and David Efianayi (12.6). A member of the Big South Conference, the Bulldogs went 11-7 in league play. GWU comes to town November 24.
Jacksonville: Another first-time opponent, Jacksonville will play at the Nutter Center November 25. JU went 17-16 last season but return only one of its four double-figure scorers. Devin Harris come back for his senior season after averaging 10.9 points. Before joining the Dolphins, head coach Tony Jasick was head coach at Fort Wayne.
Fairfield: Playing the CIT last year, Fairfield returns its top three scorers from its 16-15 team, including all-league performer Tyler Nelson (19.7 ppg). The MAAC opponent will be seeing the Raiders for the first time ever on November 26.
Western Kentucky: Also a first-time opponent, the Hilltoppers went 15-17 last year and return its top scorer in Justin Johnson (14.5 ppg). WKU will host the Raiders on December 2.
Ohio Valley: From Vienna, West Virginia, the Fighting Scots will be facing the Raiders for the first-time ever.
Kent State: This traditional power from the MAC won 22 games last season on its way to a conference tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. KSU fell to UCLA in the first round and return Jaylon Walker (15.8). The teams have split four games all time, including a WSU win on the road 68-63 last year. The Flash come to town on December 9.
Toledo: These teams have met off and on through the years with the Rockets winning six of the 11 games, including a 82-78 Toledo win in Dayton last year. Winning 17 games, UT played in the CIT and return Jaelon Sanford who averaged 13.6 points. The Raiders travel to Toledo on December 16.
Missouri State: Another first time meeting, the Bears won 17 game a year ago and bring back two of its top three scorers, including Alize Johnson (14.8 ppg) and Ronnie Reusseau (11.6 ppg). Wright State travels to Springfield, MO on December 19.
Georgia Tech: The Raiders end the non-conference slate with a trip to play at Georgia Tech of the ACC on December 22. These teams have never met before. GT won 21 games and advanced to the finals of the NIT before losing the finals to TCU. The Yellow Jackets return two of its four double-figure scorers from last year.
Friday Nov.3 Wayne State (NE)
Friday Nov.10 @ Loyola (IL)
Tuesday Nov.14 @ Miami (OH)
Saturday Nov.18 Murray State
Monday Nov.20 Tiffin^
Friday Nov.24 Jacksonville vs. Fairfield^
Saturday Nov.25 Fairfield vs. Gardner Webb^
Sunday Nov.26 Gardner Webb vs. Jacksonville^
Saturday Dec.2 @ Western Kentucky
Tuesday Dec.5 Ohio Valley
Saturday Dec.9 Kent State
Saturday Dec.16 @ Toledo
Tuesday Dec.19 @ Missouri State
Friday Dec.22 @ Georgia Tech