The Wright State Raiders have had an incredible season, and many fans are wondering whether or not they won it all. The answer is a resounding yes! The Raiders had an impressive showing in the Horizon League Tournament, winning the title and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This was the first time in school history that the Raiders had made it to the Big Dance, and they made the most of the opportunity by winning their first game against Tennessee before falling to eventual Final Four participant Texas Tech.
The Team’s Final Record
The Raiders finished the season with a record of 24-11 overall, and 13-5 in the Horizon League. It was their most successful season in school history, as they surpassed their previous best of 22-12 in the 2016-17 season. The team was led by senior guard Cole Gentry, who was named Horizon League Player of the Year after averaging 15.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game.
The Road to the Horizon League Title
The Raiders earned the regular season Horizon League Championship thanks to their 13-5 conference record. They were then able to defeat the Green Bay Phoenix in the Horizon League Tournament Championship Game, earning the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA Tournament Run
The Raiders were given a #14 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament, and were pitted against the #3 seed Tennessee Volunteers in the First Round. Despite being the underdog, the Raiders pulled off the upset, winning 73-47. This was the first NCAA Tournament victory in school history.
In the Second Round, the Raiders faced the #6 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders. Despite a valiant effort, the Raiders fell to the eventual Final Four team, 73-54. The loss ended the Raiders’ run in the tournament, and their incredible season.
The Wright State Raiders had an incredible season, and fans should be proud of their accomplishments. They won the Horizon League regular season and tournament titles and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. They were able to pull off the upset against Tennessee, and although they fell in the Second Round to Texas Tech, they still made school history in the process. The Raiders have had a season that they can be proud of, and they are sure to be a force in the Horizon League for years to come.