Courtesy: Ilya Pinchuk (Moscow, Idaho)
|MBB plays opener Friday|
Game 1: Idaho (0-0) vs. Wright State (0-0)
When: Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 (7:05 p.m. PT)
Where: Moscow, Idaho (Memorial Gym)
Radio: Vandal Radio Network/VandalXtra
Online Video: VandalXtra
Live Stats: www.GoVandals.com
A Look at the Raiders:
Wright State was 13-19 overall and 7-11 in the Horizon League last season. The Raiders lost 2011-12 leading scorer Julius Mays (14.1/gm), but return three of the team’s top five scorers. Last year’s leading rebounder, junior forward Cole Darling (3.6/gm), also returns. WSU limited opponents to 61.5 points per game and caused 16.3 turnovers per game. On offense, the Raiders scored 58.0 points per game and shot .398 as a team. Only one returning player, guard Reggie Arceneaux, made more than 20 3-pointers for WSU last season. WSU opened exhibition play this season with a 78-56 victory over Central State, in which the team scored 26 points off turnovers.
Wright State Head Coach Billy Donlon:
Billy Donlon is in his third season at Wright State and holds a 32-33 overall coaching record. It’s his seventh year overall with the program after he was WSU’s associate head coach for four seasons before his promotion. He also has a four-year stint at UNC Wilmington. In his time as an assistant coach, he helped lead three teams to the NCAA Tournament. Donlon played at UNCW and also moved on to an international playing career. He is a 1999 graduate of UNCW.
Idaho officially opens the 2012-13 season on Friday after a pair of exhibition wins over Seattle Pacific (77-71) and Central Washington (92-75). The Vandals will try to move to 5-0 in home openers under head coach Don Verlin this weekend. Idaho returns two starters and eight total letter winners from last year’s team that went 19-14 overall and finished third in the WAC. Senior center Kyle Barone (12.9/gm) and junior guard/forward Stephen Madison (12.1/gm) were two of Idaho’s three leading scorers last season.
Vandals vs. Raiders
Idaho and Wright State have played just once, but last year’s matchup was a doozy. The game featured nine ties and 16 lead changes, went to overtime after Idaho’s Landon Tatum banked in a halfcourt buzzer-beater, and then ended when WSU’s Julius May’s hit a buzzer-beating three at the end of the first overtime period for an 80-78 Raider win. That game produced two Sportscenter Top 10 Plays for the day and was one of the most exciting games of Idaho’s season. Kyle Barone (21p, 14r, 3b) led Idaho, while WSU’s Reggie Arceneaux had 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Both of those players return on Friday.
Since the Don Verlin era started in 2008-09, Idaho is 3-1 in season openers and 4-0 in home openers. Idaho’s average margin of victory in home openers under Verlin is 16.0 points. Idaho fell at Long Beach State, 69-61, in its 2011-12 opener and beat Concordia, 77-61, in its first home game last season.
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