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kaldaniels
02-11-2007, 12:24 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/ncaa/men/recaps/2007/02/10/41131_recap.html

Beat the #10 team. I don't follow basketball, but good to see WSU getting back on track. I remember them with a nice run in the NCAA's a little over team years back but it went downhill. Good to see them back on the map.

savafan
02-11-2007, 05:11 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/ncaa/men/recaps/2007/02/10/41131_recap.html

Beat the #10 team. I don't follow basketball, but good to see WSU getting back on track. I remember them with a nice run in the NCAA's a little over team years back but it went downhill. Good to see them back on the map.

Ah yes, back in the days of Vitaly "The Crane" Potapenko...I went to a lot of games back then, good times...

redsfan30
02-11-2007, 11:24 AM
I'd say the win last night makes Wright State an at-large, unless they completely fall apart the rest of the way.

Reds Fanatic
02-11-2007, 11:50 AM
I think Wright State is still going to have to win their conference tournament to get in to the NCAA tournament. Last night probably guaranteed an NIT spot if they don't get in but they are still going to have to win the conference tournament to get in the NCAA tournament.

guttle11
02-11-2007, 11:57 AM
I'd say the win last night makes Wright State an at-large, unless they completely fall apart the rest of the way.

There's zero chance of that. They were blown out by Bradley and LSU, two teams on the outside looking in at this point, and they have no other quality wins except for Butler.

It's a great story, and a great win for WSU that could be a true building block for the future, but there won't be any at-large for them this year.

The best thing about that win though is that the first place team in their league gets the conference tourney at home. WSU is now tied with Butler, so it's entirely possible they would have any rematch in the finals at home.

Caseyfan21
02-11-2007, 12:06 PM
Remember when they beat Michigan State in Dayton? I think it was like 1999 when MSU was top 10. That was a heck of a win for the program as was this. I saw this score on the bottom line last night and did a complete double take.

Caseyfan21
02-11-2007, 12:09 PM
Wright State took control with a 12-point run at the end of the first half, which made it 35-27 at the break and brought the sellout crowd to its feet. Four players hit 3s during the spurt, which put Wright State ahead to stay.

Sellout crowd at Wright State? :eek:

I think you would have to go back at least 5 years to see that. I haven't followed them the last 3 years when I've been at OSU but I never remember them selling out the Nutter Center. Maybe they really are turning it around.

redsfan30
02-11-2007, 12:48 PM
There's zero chance of that. They were blown out by Bradley and LSU, two teams on the outside looking in at this point, and they have no other quality wins except for Butler.

You're right, I forgot about the blowout losses to those teams.

guttle11
02-11-2007, 11:22 PM
Sellout crowd at Wright State? :eek:

I think you would have to go back at least 5 years to see that. I haven't followed them the last 3 years when I've been at OSU but I never remember them selling out the Nutter Center. Maybe they really are turning it around.

They never had a sell out at the Nutter Center before yesterday, I believe. The Gem City Jam games came close, but lacked because Jim O'Brien had run UD into the ground and apathy was abound.

I think the MSU game from 1999 had about 8,000-9,000.

I was there, and it was truly sight to be seen. In the second half it was as loud and crazy as UD Arena gets. Even a diehard UD fan like me can feel good for them. It was a great night.

Butler even cleared their bench with about 10 seconds left. Smart move, because it only took about 1.5 seconds for the students to engulf the court.

LoganBuck
02-12-2007, 12:40 AM
My wife attend WSU we went to some games, and they were really really bad then. The Nutter Center is a fine arena, and if they can get enough fans there it can be really loud. I am glad to see them doing well.

RichRed
02-12-2007, 02:48 PM
Wright State got themselves a first-rate coach in Brad Brownell, who had success at UNC-Wilmington. He and the AD at UNCW didn't get along - he's not the first coach to have a problem with that AD - and voila, Wright St. gets a gift.

Brownell was 83-40 at UNCW with 2 NCAA appearances in 4 years. This year, without Brownell, UNCW is one of the two worst teams in the CAA with a 6-18 record, and WSU is a program on the rise.

gonelong
02-12-2007, 03:05 PM
I was at the game, nice atmosphere. However, WSU has a game on Wednesday and they'll probably not draw 3,000 for it. I get to one or two games a year.

GL

Roy Tucker
02-12-2007, 03:29 PM
Heck, when I went to grad school there, they still played Div II ball (and had a lot of success). Just played at the on-campus gym, the size of a large HS gym. No Nutter Center. And it really was more of a HS environment. But they did have a group called the Raider Rowdies and they were pretty nuts.

Ralph Underhill was coach and the team was an entertaining up-tempo fast break and pressing team. He got some pretty good talent in there, at least for Div. II.

I remember John Chaney coaching for Cheyney State and having some classic battles with WSU. WSU would try to run and Chaney ran an early version of that funky defense he had at Temple and the mix was .... interesting.

They won the Div. II national championship a couple years after I left (early 80's). Kentucky Wesleyan was their nemesis and they finally broke through that year.

Heath
02-12-2007, 03:38 PM
Someone mentioned Wright State in the NIT.

If they get through the tournament and lose in the final, it shouldn't be a problem to get to the NIT.

The interesting game would be if Dayton made the NIT. The Flyers have been very public about not playing the Raiders. Could the NIT stir up some stuff so they can play each other in an NIT First rounder at UD?

:D

LoganBuck
02-13-2007, 01:19 AM
Someone mentioned Wright State in the NIT.

If they get through the tournament and lose in the final, it shouldn't be a problem to get to the NIT.

The interesting game would be if Dayton made the NIT. The Flyers have been very public about not playing the Raiders. Could the NIT stir up some stuff so they can play each other in an NIT First rounder at UD?

:D

Even better, they have to play at the Nutter Center.

HotCorner
02-23-2007, 02:56 PM
Not often do I get to toot my horn about my alma mater but congrats to the Wright State Raiders men's basketball team and coach Brad Brownell. They captured the regular season Horizon League championship and #1 seed in the tourney which means the automatic bid for the "big tourney" comes through the Nutter Center.

Go Raiders!

Mutaman
02-23-2007, 03:04 PM
Congradulations. i always liked the Raiders.

dabvu2498
02-23-2007, 03:07 PM
Nothing like winning your conference on a night you lose a game.

Still, good for the Raiders!

OesterPoster
02-23-2007, 03:20 PM
Now, if they would just bring back the real "Rowdy" Raider, I'd feel comfortable contributing to the Alumni Association. ;)

Reds Fanatic
02-23-2007, 03:22 PM
Winning the conference also gives the Raiders a first round bye in the conference tournament. They will play their semifinal game Saturday March 3rd at 7PM at the Nutter Center. 2 wins and they would be in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1993.

Danny Serafini
02-23-2007, 03:31 PM
Is it just me or is Butler slipping from lock status? They're starting to really remind me of the Butler team from about 5 years ago that started out hot and went to crap down the stretch. It may come down to Wright St. vs. Butler for one spot if this keeps up.

Heath
02-23-2007, 04:33 PM
Wright State is guaranteed an NIT bid at least. Under the new rules and new ownership of the NIT (which, is essentially, the NCAA) if the winner of the season conference does not win its conference tournament, they play in the NIT.

I honestly think that Butler still could get in the NCAA just because of the November to remember.

dabvu2498
02-23-2007, 05:25 PM
Is it just me or is Butler slipping from lock status? They're starting to really remind me of the Butler team from about 5 years ago that started out hot and went to crap down the stretch. It may come down to Wright St. vs. Butler for one spot if this keeps up.

I think Butler definately has to make it at least to the conference tourney finals.

Danny Serafini
02-23-2007, 05:25 PM
Wright State is guaranteed an NIT bid at least. Under the new rules and new ownership of the NIT (which, is essentially, the NCAA) if the winner of the season conference does not win its conference tournament, they play in the NIT.

I honestly think that Butler still could get in the NCAA just because of the November to remember.

They probably will, but a loss in their last regular season game and a quick out in the Horizon tournament and they could get cut. That would be a 2-5 finish, and it's hard for a mid-major to survive that.

Love the rule about conference winners getting NIT bids. I always thought it was unfair that a small school could be outstanding in their conference season, slip up in their title game and not get invited anywhere. Personally I don't think a conference that can play a true round robin schedule should even have a tournament, but I know they're not going to go away because of the money involved.

lo ryder
02-25-2007, 12:34 AM
Nothing like backing in, or is it in thru the out door?

Caseyfan21
03-07-2007, 12:07 AM
Beat 'em again and they're going dancing.

Congrats to Wright State on the Horizon League tournament title to go with the regular season title. I'm curious as to where they will be seeded. Should be interesting to see how the field ends up between now and Sunday.

Reds Fanatic
03-07-2007, 12:08 AM
Congrats to Wright State on their first NCAA tournament berth in 14 years.

HotCorner
03-07-2007, 12:11 AM
Dancin'! Dancin'! Dancin' the night away! ;)

OesterPoster
03-07-2007, 12:12 AM
Most projections show WSU as a 14 seed playing in Columbus...which would be awesome.

In '93, they were a 16 seed and were promptly destroyed by Calbert Cheaney, Greg Graham, Damon Bailey, and Bob Knight's Hoosiers.

HotCorner
03-07-2007, 12:15 AM
Nothing like backing in, or is it in thru the out door?

How about kicking down the door? ;)

It will feel weird to hear Wright State's name announced on Sunday as one of the 65 but none the less still sweet music to my ears!

guttle11
03-07-2007, 12:18 AM
Brad Brownell should be considered for National Coach of the Year. WSU has been through a ton of crap the last 5 years and he comes in and gets them to the dance right away.

Congrats from this Flyer fan.

cincy jacket
03-07-2007, 12:59 AM
As a Wright State student this is awesome for the school. I grew up a UK fan and they still get my loyalty first but it's still great for the school. The campus is pretty hyped right now as it should be. I'm not expecting many people to show up for our 8 am class tomorrow.

It should be interesting to see who WSU draws. If they get a team with a huge inside game they don't stand much of a chance. If they get a guard oriented team, much like Butler, they might be able to win a game. Either way it's been a great year for WSU and heres to hoping Brownell is not on the first flight out of town after the season.

RedFanAlways1966
03-07-2007, 08:39 AM
Really a neat thing for Wright State University. I am happy for them and will be rooting for them to Dance on.

redsfan30
03-07-2007, 12:25 PM
I'm just thrilled to see Wright State go dancing!

I agree with the above, if they draw a guard-play team, they can win a game come next week.