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March 13, 2007

At this time, I’m not aware of any Wright State blog. The best news source on the Raiders comes from their section in the Dayton Daily News (annoying free registration).

Of course, there is their official website.

A message board.

Wright State car mats available on eBay. Because, personally, I think the best way to show love to my school is put wet and muddy shoes all over the logo.

Raider fans discount their whuppin’ by LSU (in the comments) as just one of those things from December when they were still learning the system.
Now, you might think that as I live in the Cleveland area and Cleveland St. is in the Horizon League with WSU, I might have some knowledge. No. Watching Horizon League action was never high on my “to watch” list for basketball. Bad basketball is hard enough to watch, but couple it with poor coverage quality and the only way to somewhat enjoy it is completely sauced. And at that point, I’m just not getting much insight into the teams. But I digress.

The break down from the YSU assistant coach is encouraging. While DeShaun Woods seems to be the kind of guard that can cause problems for Pitt, their game is the kind that is what Pitt wants.

Wright State plays a similar game as Pitt. The Raiders like a half-court tempo with aggressive man-to-man defense, which they play about 80 percent of the time.

“They don’t want to get up and down,” Thorne said. “It’s strange. It’s the same thing as Pitt. They grind it out. They both run set plays. Wright State prides themselves on defense, similar to Pitt. They are very good defensively. They are always where they should be.”

Todd Brown, a 6-5 guard, and Vaughn Duggins, a 6-3 guard, were both named to Horizon League All-Newcomer team.

Naturally with Wright State making the Tournament for the first time in 14 years, they are giddy over their coach. Even as the whiff on Dixon was noted.

Four years ago, WSU athletics director Mike Cusack narrowed his coaching search down to two guys — Paul Biancardi and Jamie Dixon — as the replacement for fired Raiders’ coach Ed Schilling.

He chose Biancardi and you know how that worked out thanks to an NCAA violations mess that eventually followed the former Ohio State assistant from his days in Columbus.

Had Cusack hired Dixon — who now will coach his No. 3 seeded Pitt Panthers against the 14th seeded Raiders in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday in Buffalo — there wouldn’t have been the headaches of the past couple of seasons. But then there almost certainly would be no Brad Brownell now either.

The present coach has been studying tape since the seedings were announced.

So instead of being happy with crumbs, he probably wanted a little more of the tournament cake — something better than a 14 seed.

Of course, some of that tightness behind the smile had to be because, as he put it, “We’re going to be here most of the night.”

Everyone at the paper seems to think it might be a good idea to definitely review the game tape of the Dayton-Pitt game.

Here are the game notes from Wright State (PDF). The entire history of the two teams are two meetings in 1998 and 1999. Pitt won both of them.





How soon can they ship those car mats? I would like one.

Comment by Chris 03.13.07 @ 10:23 am

the Raiders are screwed. The only team that can out half-court us is Georgetown. I highly doubt they are as good as G-Town. Although if we shoot 26% from the field anything can happen.

Comment by dan 03.13.07 @ 10:51 am

Again, I love our matchup vs. Wright State. They are way too small to handle Gray and Kendall inside.
Wright State hasn’t beaten anyone good with the exception of Butler, who by the way, is only 4-4 in their past 8 games.
I expect Gray to create open looks for Graves, Ramon, Fields, etc. and for us to be up comfortably 12-14 points all game. If they don’t double/triple Gray, then he is going to go for 25+.

Comment by Roman 03.13.07 @ 11:50 am

we should beat them by 30…easily…next game will be alittle tougher.

Comment by scoocher 03.13.07 @ 12:25 pm

Interesting front page article on ESPN.com today about line setting for the tourney in Vegas. I found it very interesting to note that the oddsmakers responsible for 80% of line setting see us as the 5th or 6th best team in the country, better than Georgetown or Wisconsin, at least by their “power ratings” they use to set lines.

In any case, good reading.

Comment by Aaron 03.13.07 @ 12:57 pm

That was a great article. I was really surprised by that to. Hopefully that pans out in the tournament.

Comment by dan 03.13.07 @ 1:37 pm

While I have been critical of Dixon and Gray in particular, I really do think that this team has it in them to make a final four run.

It would just be a matter of pulling it all together at this one time. That’s a huge task, but freakin’ George Mason did it last year, so I still have a strong belief that this team can at least make it to a showdown with the Jayhawks. If they got there, then anything could happen.

Comment by Carmen 03.13.07 @ 2:22 pm

ummm scoocher does Pitt ever beat anybody by 30?…..ever?

Comment by Rex 03.13.07 @ 2:43 pm

They beat Dayton by 30.

Comment by Omar 03.13.07 @ 2:47 pm

Bracketbrains:

link to teamrankings.com

Cool

Comment by steve 03.13.07 @ 2:58 pm

hey, i have pitt floormats

Comment by matt 03.13.07 @ 5:26 pm

when ever they give the ball to gray he always bricks it.

Comment by Buzz 03.13.07 @ 6:43 pm

Great article about one of Pitt’s walk ons, check it out: link to sports.yahoo.com

Comment by MoE 03.13.07 @ 9:59 pm

Thanks for the insight, Buzz, we don’t get analysis like that every day.

Comment by Stuart 03.14.07 @ 12:39 am

by 30 Rex! you’ll see.

Comment by scoocher 03.14.07 @ 10:06 am

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