A season that started with a lot of anticipation and promise for UW Milwaukee when top 10 rookie Pat Baldwin Jr decided to play for his dad was a disappointment for everyone involved in Friday’s home game against Wright. State.
Wright State Raiders (-8, 146.5) at UW Milwaukee Panthers
The year started well below the high bar that Wright State set for itself with just one win in its first eight games against Division I competition, but regained its normal dominance within the league thanks to wins in 13 of their last 16 games.
For the UW Milwaukee Panthers currently 7-16, they will look to Baldwin Jr, who has missed 14 games this season, to look like the top rookie in the program he anticipated, as he is averaging 8.7 points and 3, 3 rebounds per game on 2-of-17 3-point shooting since returning from injury.
Both teams have defense issues with UW-Milwaukee 290th in the nation in points allowed per possession and Wright State 232nd with Wright State allowing 10.1 points per 100 more possessions on the road than at home.
Wright State has done the most damage from inside the arc this season with 57.3% of their points coming from 2-point shooting.
With the Panthers 44th in the nation in 2-point shooting percentage against the opposition and Wright State allowing opponents to rebound on 28.7% of their missed shots, UW-Milwaukee has the recipe for setting up an upset Friday.
The Game: UW Milwaukee +8