This Wednesday night matchup in the Horizon League pits two teams with similar conference records (Green Bay at 4-4 and SIU Edwardsville at 5-4) but contrasting home and away performances. The Green Bay Phoenix have struggled at home (1-3) despite boasting a balanced scoring attack with no player averaging over 13 points per game. Conversely, the SIU Edwardsville Cougars have been dominant in their own gym (3-0), led by Shamar Wright’s 16.9 points per game and 44.6% shooting from the field.
What it is: Men’s College Basketball
Matchup: Green Bay Phoenix vs. SIU Edwardsville Cougars
Time: Wednesday December 6, 2023, 7 pm ET
Locations: First Community Arena at the Vadalabene Center, Edwardsville, IL
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The Green Bay Phoenix are in search of consistency after a roller coaster of results. They are coming off a narrow loss to Milwaukee (70-58) but have also recorded impressive wins against St. Thomas (64-51) and Montana State (54-53 OT) in recent weeks. Their balanced offense poses a challenge to opposing defenses, but the Phoenix will need to find a way to improve their home record if they want to make a serious run in the Horizon League.
The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are looking to bounce back from a disappointing road loss to Troy (83-60). However, they have been nearly unbeatable at home this season, winning all three of their games. Their offense flows through Shamar Wright, who is a versatile scorer capable of both driving to the basket and shooting from beyond the arc. The Cougars’ defense will be tested by Green Bay’s balanced attack, but their home-court advantage could be a significant factor in this contest.
This game promises to be a tightly contested battle between two teams vying for positioning in the Horizon League standings. Both teams have strengths and weaknesses, and the outcome could hinge on which team can best exploit their opponent’s vulnerabilities.
Prediction: While Green Bay’s balanced offense is a threat, SIU Edwardsville’s home-court advantage and Shamar Wright’s offensive prowess give them the slight edge.