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Red-hot Northern Kentucky enters Nutter Center tonight on five-game winning streak, leading Horizon League

Northern Kentucky faces a tough road test on Friday, Feb. 16, when it takes on Wright State with first-place in the Horizon League standings on the line. The Norse and Raiders are 1-2 in the standings, respectively, and will square off in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU. Game time is set for 9:00 p.m. (ET).

Game Information
Northern Kentucky University Norse (19-7 Overall, 12-2 Horizon League)
Wright State University Raiders (19-8 Overall, 11-3 Horizon League)
Friday, Feb. 16 – 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Ervin J. Nutter Center (10,400) in Fairborn, Ohio

Scouting Wright State
Wright State stands at 19-8 overall and 11-3 in the Horizon League standings. After starting the conference slate 7-0, WSU has gone 4-3 in its last seven games. However, the Raiders enter as one of the top-2 defensive teams in the league. Wright State’s adjusted defensive efficiency (points allowed per 100 possessions) on is 92.4 and they surrender just 65.7 ppg. Senior Grant Benzinger leads the team in scoring at 14.5 ppg. Freshman Loudon Love is second on the team in scoring (13.4 ppg), but leads the team and league in rebounding at 9.9 rpg.

Series Stuff
Northern Kentucky is 10-22 in the all-time series, which includes an 84-81 defeat against Wright State at BB&T Arena earlier this season. Benzinger scored 31 points on the Norse and Love recorded a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double. Lavone Holland II paced NKU with 22 points and Drew McDonald also added 22 points with 10 rebounds.

Game Notes

• NKU won its fifth-straight game Saturday night in front of a raucous homecoming crowd at BB&T Arena with an 86-80 decision over Green Bay.
• NKU’s win over Green Bay coupled with Wright State’s loss to Milwaukee, put the Norse in sole possession of first place in the Horizon League. However, Friday night’s game will go a long way in determining who has the inside track to finish first and earn the No. 1 seed in Motor City Madness.

• Through games played Feb. 14, NKU sits 88th on, which is tops in the Horizon League.
• The Norse are 19th in the CollegeInsider.Com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll and 22nd in the Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings.

• Since navigating the transition period and earning active Division I status prior to the start of the 2016-17 season, NKU has posted a combined 43-18 record (.705).