The Wright State Raiders successfully made the jump to Division I in 1986 after previously winning a Division II title. Since then, the Raiders have been a physical presence in the Horizon League and risen to the top of the conference after Butler University left for the Big East. Now, under coach Scott Nagy, the Raiders are once again one of the teams to beat in the Horizon League. The team has either reached the NCAA Tournament or the NIT in each of the last two seasons. Winners of at least 20 games in six of the last seven seasons, the Raiders have become a consistent program that is always a threat to win the league title. The Raiders and Northern Kentucky now fight annually for dominance in the conference. You can experience the Raiders' physical brand of basketball when you buy Wright State Raiders' basketball tickets at StubHub today.
Who is the most well-known Wright State Raiders’ player?
Vitaly Potapenko is the most illustrious player to come out of Wright State. Potapenko was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1996 and played 11 seasons in the NBA as a useful big man. At Wright State, Potapenko was on the first-team all MCC squad twice. After his playing career was over, Potapenko became an NBA assistant coach and won an NBA Finals championship ring with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
How many NCAA Tournaments have the Wright State Raiders played in?
The Raiders have played in three NCAA Tournaments. The most recent Big Dance that the Raiders qualified for was in 2018. This year, Wright State has a loaded squad that is looking to return to March Madness. The team has yet to win a game in the NCAA Tournament.
Who is the Wright State Raiders’ coach?
Scott Nagy is the current head coach of the Raiders. He is in his fourth year coaching the team and has taken the Raiders to a new level of success. In three seasons on the job, Nagy has yet to post a season in which he has won fewer than 20 games. Nagy is closing in on his 500th win as an NCAA coach.
Where are Wright State Raiders' basketball games played?
The Wright State Raiders play in Nutter Arena in Fairborn, Ohio, which seats 12,000 for basketball. The arena is affectionately known by fans as the "Nutt House." Wright State Raiders’ fans will perform a three-minute dance called "The Spark" during media timeouts that they like to joke is also known as a group seizure.
What is the Wright State Raiders' style of play?
Wright State has always been known for playing a suffocating defense that grinds opponents into submission. The Raiders rarely give up an average of over 70 points per game in a season and are always one of the top-ranked defenses in all of college basketball. In fact, the Raiders have ranked in the Top 10 in the NCAA in defense quite often. Wright State will usually grind out wins in low-scoring games, but the team's offense has been making strides under Nagy.
Who are the Wright State Raiders' biggest rivals?
Wright State does not often play local rivals Xavier and the Cincinnati Bearcats. Generally, the team's biggest rivalries are in the Horizon League. There are two other Ohio schools in the Horizon League: Cleveland State University and Youngstown State. Wright State has dominated its rivalry with Youngstown State with a 42-10 record.Back to Top