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INDEPENDENCE BOWL PREVIEW: Missouri vs. North Carolina, today at 5 P.M. ET ESPN

 

(courtesy of Bowl via wikipedia commons)

The 2011 Advocare Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, will pit a pair of 7-5 teams against each other.

The Missouri Tigers of the Big 12 Conference against the North Carolina Tar Heels of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The 2010 game had Air Force playing Georgia Tech. The Falcons beat the Yellow Jackets, 17-14.

The Tar Heels are playing in its fourth consecutive bowl game, the school’s longest streak since a five-game run from 1979-1983.

North Carolina is coming into the game on a down note, having only won a single game against Duke after becoming bowl eligible with their sixth win on October 29.

If the Tar Heels win the game, their achieve their fourth straight eight-win season.

The Tigers of Missouri won four of their last five games after starting off a disappointing 3-4. Missouri beat Texas for the first time in head coach Gary Pinkel’s tenure, 17-5.

Shreveport, Louisiana is not a stranger for Missouri. The Tigers are playing there for the third time since 2005 due to the fact that the Big 12 had eight-bowl eligible teams for the league’s seven bowl games. Missouri was pushed out of the top seven spots despite the fact it earned wins over Iowa State, Texas and Texas A&M.

Missouri’s offense is led by QB James Franklin, a sophomore, who completed 63% of his attempts with only 10 interceptions. During the season, he had an interception-free streak of 123 in a row.

The Tar Heels offense is led by  WR Dwight Jones who led the ACC in receptions with 79 and was tied for the league lead with 11 touchdown catches with 11. Also on offense is RB Giovani Bernard a big-play runner who averages 5.4 yards per carry and totaled 1,222 yards rushing.

 

 

Info compiled from Independence Bowl, University of Missouri & University of North Carolina news

 

Helmets courtesy of Missouri & North Carolina via wikipedia commons

Wright State wins close affair at tough Millett Hall, 51-49

 

The Wright State men’s basketball team nearly saw a five-point lead slip away in the final minute, but held on for a 51-49 win over the Miami RedHawks Saturday at Millett Hall.

The Raiders rebounded from a tough loss at Air Force to win at one of the toughest basketball arenas to play in.

Miami jumped out to a 9-1 lead on threes by Julian Mavunga, Will Sullivan and Josh Sewell three minutes into the contest and the margin was seven until an 8-0 WSU run, capped off by a Reggie Arceneaux three, put the Raiders up for the first time at 16-15 at the 4:27 mark.

The one-point lead then seesawed between the two teams the rest of the half before the RedHawks went into the break up 22-21 on a Mavunga dunk in the final minute.

Cole Darling led WSU with 13 points

Back-to-back Cole Darling three put Wright State up 29-25 with 16:29 remaining and the lead grew to 34-27 on an Arceneaux three-point play at the 14:44 mark.

Miami tied it at 37 on a Mavunga free throw with 8:13 left, but Armond Battle gave the Raiders the lead for good with a three and the WSU lead was 50-45 on two Julius Mays foul shots with 56 seconds remaining.

Jon Harris, however, cut the margin to two with a three-pointer and the RedHawks looked to be in position to tie the game as Mavunga went to the foul line with 2.1 seconds left.

Mavunga made the first, but missed the second and after Battle gathered in the rebound, he hit the first of two free throws at the 0.5-second mark.  Battle intentionally missed the second and Miami missed a desperation shot as time expired.

WSU shot 34 percent for the game compared to 30 percent for the RedHawks.

Darling was the only Raider in double figures as he scored 13 off the bench.  Arceneaux and Mays each had eight.

Mavunga led Miami (2-5) with a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds while Harris had 10 off the bench.

Wright State (4-6) faces another local rival on Wednesday, December 14, as the Raiders host Cincinnati in a 7:00 contest that will be televised on ESPN2.

 

Game Press Release courtesy of Wright State media relations

Wright State’s cold-shooting dooms team in loss at Air Force

The men’s basketball team found the offense hard to come by Wednesday night as the Raiders dropped a 55-34 decision at Air Force.

WSU trailed just 3-2 following a Cole Darling jumper, but the Falcons followed with a 15-0 run over the next 7:30 to take control.  The two teams played nearly even the rest of the period as Air Force led 27-13 at the break.

Michael Lyons (courtesy of Air Force athletics)

The Raiders hit five of 27 shots in the opening 20 minutes, including one of 10 from three-point range, while the Falcons made 10 of 21 attempts for 48 percent overall and were five of 11 from behind the arc.

Air Force gradually built on the lead in the second half as the Falcons shot 38 percent in the period to finish at 42 percent overall.  Wright State, in comparison, ended the game at 20 percent altogether and was two of 19 from three.

Cole Darling led the Raiders with seven points while Julius Mays had six.

Michael Lyons paced Air Force (4-2) with 15 points, 10 coming in the first half.

 

Game Press Release courtesy of Wright State athletics

WRIGHT STATE AT OHIO STATE: men’s basketball kicks off regular season against in-state rival

 

Julius Mays talks with media at Monday's Wright State basketball media day (megasportsnews.com)

The Wright State Raiders will be taking that short drive of 60 miles from Fairborn, Ohio to Columbus where they’ll take on the Ohio State Buckeyes tonight at 9:00 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Yearly, the Raiders are one of the top teams in the mid-major Horizon League along with Butler, Detroit, Cleveland State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. But after losing four seniors who led them over the years, N’Gai Evans, Vaughn Duggins, Cooper Land and Troy Tabler, the Raiders are picked seventh this season.

Wright State spent part of the summer touring Italy and are hoping that trip bonded all of the new players they’ll have on the roster. The newcomers include: Brooklyn Bradley, Reggie Arceneaux, John Balwigaire, Jason Cuffee, Kendall Griffin, Ulysses Thomas, Vance Hall, Stephen Gossard, Alex Pritchett, Julius Mays and Tavares Sledge.

The Raiders non-conference schedule will include Kenyon, Jackson State, Florida, North Florida, Charlotte, Air Force, Miami, Cincinnati, Ohio, Idaho, Central Michigan and the annual BracketBusters game.

NEWCOMER JULIUS MAYS TALKS ABOUT THE STATE OF THE RAIDERS AFTER LOSING TO CENTRAL STATE IN AN EXHIBITION GAME

48 702 Julius Mays WSU AT OSU BKB 2011

Big East looking to increase membership

 

(courtesy of Big East Conference)

The Big East Conference is moving quickly to recover from the defections of long-time members Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC and prospective 2012 member Texas Christian University to the Big 12.

The conference is planning to invite Boise State, Air Force and Navy as football-only members, and Central Florida as an all-sports member.

The conference also pushed its exit fee from $5 million to $10 million.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

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