Wright State was picked to win the Horizon League by The Catch and Shoot and to finish No. 2 in the conference’s official preseason poll, only a single point behind favorited Green Bay.
But Wright State, which won 23 games last year and returned its top eight players, is only 3-5 against Division I opponents (5-5 overall) after falling to Morehead State and North Carolina A&T this week. The Raiders’ only wins so are against Houston Baptist, Alcorn State, and Western Carolina.
Although the Raiders struggled offensively last season, they ranked No. 30 in the nation in defensive efficiency with 92.4 points per 100 possessions. Their offensive struggles have continued this season, but, despite a strong defensive effort their last time out, their defense ranks only No. 89 in the nation.
On top of its offensive efficiency struggles, Wright State has turned the ball over in more than 1/5 of its possessions and has one of Division I’s worst offensive rebounding percentages.
The Raiders have also been getting torched by opponents at a 35.9% clip from beyond the arc.
Head coach Billy Donlon and his Raiders are still fortunate to have five non-conference games before hosting their Horizon League opener against Oakland on Jan. 2, but there is a ton of work to do on both ends if they will live up to expectations by March.
All advanced statistics are courtesy of KenPom.