Houston vs Wichita State Predictions, Picks, Tips, 1/18/2020
Game: Houston Cougars vs Wichita State Shockers
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Location: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, KS
TV: ESPN2, ESPNU
Odds/Point Spread: Wichita State -3
The Houston Cougars travel to Charles Koch Arena to play the Wichita State Shockers on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Wichita State as 3 point favorites.
Houston comes into this game with an overall record of 13-4. They currently have a point differential of 10.5 as they are averaging 75.9 points per game while giving up 65.5 per contest. Wichita State has an overall mark of 15-2. They are averaging 76.1 points per contest and giving up 63.9, which is a point differential of 12.2.
Valuable Houston Cougars Betting Trends
The Houston Cougars are 10-7-0 against the spread
The Houston Cougars are 10-7-0 against the over/under
Important Wichita State Shockers Betting Trends
The Wichita State Shockers are 8-8-1 against the spread
The Wichita State Shockers are 10-7-0 against the over/under
Key Houston Cougars Injuries
11/16/19 F J'Wan Roberts Hand is out for season
01/16/20 F Justin Gorham Ankle is probable
01/16/20 G Dejon Jarreau Ankle is probable
Key Wichita State Shockers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Quentin Grimes averages 13.0 points per game in 29.9 minutes per contest. He averages 2.9 assists per contest and 3.8 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 65%. Caleb Mills comes into this contest averaging 13.1 points per game while playing 22.5 minutes per night. He pulls down 2.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage is at 73%.
Jamarius Burton averages 11.4 points per game and he sees the court an average of 27.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.8 rebounds per contest and 3.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 57%. Erik Stevenson averages 13.2 points per game while playing 28.5 minutes per contest. He grabs 5.1 rebounds per game and has 2.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is at 79%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Cougars allow 65.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 87th in Division 1. They also allow a 39% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc, ranking them 38th and 163rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 31.6 rebounds a game which ranks 38th, and they give up 12.3 assists per contest which puts them in 169th place in the NCAA. They force 11.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 20th in the nation. Houston averages 75.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 80th in the country. Their average scoring margin is 10.5 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 177th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 125th in D-1. They average 43.1 rebounds per game and 13.6 assists per contest, which ranks them 3rd and 159th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 302nd with 11.9 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Shockers surrender 63.9 points per contest, which ranks them 64th in the NCAA. Their defense allows a 39% shooting percentage and a 30% average from 3-point range, ranking them 34th and 63rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 22nd with 9.8 assists allowed per contest, and 194th with 35.5 rebounds surrendered per game. The Shockers are 321st in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 16.9 per game. Wichita State is 75th in the country with 76.1 points per game this year. They are 285th in the D-1 in shooting at 42%, while their average scoring margin is 12.2. They shoot 33% from 3-point range, which is good for 187th in the nation. They are 31st in the country in rebounding with 40.2 boards per game and 82nd in assists per contest with 14.6. The Shockers are 249th in turnovers per game with 12.8.
The Cougars have an offensive rating of 111.7, which is ranked 15th. They are 274th in college basketball in pace with 68 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 200th. As a unit they are 177th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 263rd in D-1. Houston is 325th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.3 times per 100 possessions.
Wichita State is 306th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.7 times per 100 possessions. The Shockers are 142nd in the country in offensive rating with 103.2. In terms of pace they are 65th in Division 1 with 72.7 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 48% is 289th. As a team they are 266th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 214th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Houston/Wichita State college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Wichita State -3
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