Wright State 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Wright State Raiders - Horizon (23-9, 13-3)
Seed: #14 - West Region
Big Wins: 1/10 Loyola Ill (81-55), 2/10 Butler (77-65), 3/6 Butler (60-55)
Bad Losses: 11/19 at Coastal Carolina (63-70), 11/22 at Chicago State (70-86), 12/16 Bowling Green (56-59)
Last NCAA Appearance: 1993, First Round loss to Indiana
Coach: Brad Brownell (0-2 in 2 NCAA appearances)
Probable Wright State Starters:
Dashaun Wood, Senior, Guard, 19.8 ppg, 3.9 apg, 5.0 rpg
Vaughn Duggins, Freshman, Guard, 8.9 ppg, 2.6 apg, 3.3 rpg
Todd Brown, Freshman, Guard, 8.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg
Drew Burleson, Senior, Forward, 8.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg
Jordan Pleiman, Junior, Forward, 7.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Key Roleplayers for Wright State:
William Graham, Sophomore, Guard, 3.5 ppg, 2.2 apg
Reinaldo Smith, Senior, Guard, 1.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg
Scottie Wilson, Junior, Forward, 5.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
The Raiders play solid defense and are a fundamentally sound team all around. After an up and down non-conference portion of the season, Wright State fought their way through a very tough Horizon League and ended up on top at 13-3. The opposition will struggle to find quality looks on the perimeter and WSU shoots an excellent 73.6% at the free-throw line.
The Raiders have one star in senior Dashaun Wood. The senior takes almost twice as many shots as anybody else on the team and scores more than twice as much. He is a decent distributor and will find his teammates when he is not scoring. The turnovers are rarely a problem as the team only commits 12.3 per game.
Why Wright State Can Disappoint:
Freshmen Vaughn Duggins and Todd Brown and forwards Drew Burleson and Jordan Pleiman are all candidates to become the Raiders second scoring option, yet none are consistent. Burleson is a power forward that can stretch the defense with his outside shooting and Pleiman plays a big role by scoring in the paint. Both the forwards, although a little undersized at 6-6 and 6-8, are decent rebounders, but Wright State consistently gets beat on the glass as a team and that will be a problem against bigger, stronger frontcourts.
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Who To Watch:
Duggins and Brown on the wings can be very explosive scorers. Yet, as freshmen, they will also disappear for long stretches at a time. Brown has scored in double-digits nearly half of Wright State’s games, but in every loss during the season, the 6-5 Canton, OH native has been held to under ten points. If history teaches us anything, the Raiders will not win if Brown does not reach double-digits.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 64.6 (249 th in nation, 7 th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 61.6 (32, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.2 (169, 2)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.6 (77, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 73.6 (36, 3)
Rebound Margin: -0.3 (188, 6)
Assists Per Game: 12.2 (245, 4)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.3 (31, 3)
Joel’s Bracket Says: First Round loss to Pitt
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