Raider Basketball to Play in Global Sports Shootout – Will Meet Ohio State and Florida

April 26, 2011

DAYTON – The Wright State men’s basketball team will play in the four-game Global Sports Shootout to start the 2011-12 season, facing Ohio State, Florida and North Florida on the road and Jackson State at home.

The Raiders open the season and the tournament at Ohio State, which finished the season at 32-2 with the second best RPI in the nation.  WSU will then host Jackson State on Nov. 16 before traveling to play Florida on a neutral court in Tampa Nov. 21 and at North Florida Nov. 23.

“I am excited to participate in this event as we will have a chance to compete against two of the best teams in college basketball in The Ohio State University and the University of Florida,” WSU head coach Billy Donlon said.  “North Florida and Jackson State both will compete for their league championships, which will also help prepare our team for Horizon League play.  I believe our team will need to grow up quickly and the only way to do that is by playing the best, and we will certainly do that with our non-conference schedule.”

The Raiders have played twice at OSU, the most recent was early in the 1992-93 season.  WSU has never met the other schools.  Florida finished 26-7 last year with the nation’s eighth best RPI.  North Florida advanced to the championship game of the Atlantic Sun Tournament while Jackson State of the SWAC ended the season at 17-15, 12-6.

WSU finished last year at 19-14 overall and will take a 10-day Italian Tour Aug 20-30.  During the early signing period, the Raiders inked 6-4 guard Kendall Griffin, 6-8 forward Alex Pritchett and 6-9 forward Tavares Sledge. Last week, Donlon signed 6-3 guard Jason Cuffee and 6-2 junior college guard John Balwigaire.

GLOBAL SPORTS SHOOTOUT

November 11 – 25, 2011

NOV. 11                       WRIGHT STATE @ OHIO STATE

NOV. 16                       JACKSON STATE @ WRIGHT STATE

NOV. 21                       WRIGHT STATE @ FLORIDA   (St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL)

NOV. 23                       WRIGHT STATE @ NORTH FLORIDA