South Florida Bulls vs Wichita State Shockers Prediction, 3/12/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: USF Bulls vs Wichita State Shockers
Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Location: Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX
Odds/Point Spread: South Florida (+9)
Dickies Arena is the venue where and the Wichita State Shockers (15-4) will take on the USF Bulls (8-12) on Friday. The spread on this contest has Wichita State as 9-point favorites. The O/U opens at 138.5.
South Florida will take the court with a mark of 8-12 for the season. The Bulls are shooting 32.4% on three-point shots (123 of 380) and 64.2% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 65.5 pts per contest (307th in college hoops) while hitting 40.3% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 14.5 times per game and as a team are committing 17.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, South Florida is snagging 37.3 boards per contest and has accounted for 227 assists for the campaign, which ranks 295th in Division 1 in terms of passing. On defense, the Bulls have forced 12.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. The Bulls defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.3% (506 of 1,116) and they surrender 33.5 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They currently rank 187th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 299 surrendered on the campaign. They are surrendering 34.4% on 3-point attempts and they are 215th in college hoops in points per game allowed (71.6).
The USF Bulls played the Wichita State Shockers and took a loss by a score of 80-63 in their last game. South Florida finished the game with a 38.6% FG percentage (22 out of 57) and knocked down 5 of their 25 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Bulls converted 14 of their 19 shots for a rate of 73.7%. When it comes to grabbing boards, they earned 37 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 8 assists in this matchup while forcing 8 turnovers and earning 5 steals. When talking about defense, South Florida allowed the other team to shoot 47.5% from the floor on 29 of 61 shooting. Wichita State recorded 16 assists and had 9 steals for the matchup. In addition, Wichita State collected 27 rebounds (8 offensive, 19 defensive) and earned 1 block. Wichita State finished the game at 78.6% at the charity stripe by burying 11 of 14 tries. They converted 11 of 27 shots from downtown.
Michael Durr is one guy who was a major contributor for this contest. He was able to score 18 points on 6 out of 10 shooting. He was on the court for 30 minutes and also grabbed 9 boards. Durr finished the contest at 60.0% from the field but didn't record an assist. One more player that played a role in this matchup for the Bulls was David Collins. He collected 3 rebounds in his 34 min played. He went 50.0% from the floor in this game by shooting 6-of-12 (14 points). Overall, Collins earned 2 assists.
Wichita State has a record of 15-4 on the year. As an offensive unit, the Shockers are hitting on 41.0% from the floor, which is ranked 318th in the nation. Wichita State has scored 1,393 points on the year (73.3 per contest) and they average 38.7 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 13.1 times per game (179th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.6 times per contest. The Shockers have committed 16.1 personal fouls per game and they go 69.1% from the free throw line. The Shockers on defense are ranked 105th in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 67.8. They have relinquished 12.3 assists and 39.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 121st and 328th in those categories on the defensive end. The Wichita State defense allows 28.7% on three-point shots (128 of 446) and their opponents are converting on 69.2% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 12.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.1% from the floor (26th in Division 1).
For their last game, the Wichita State Shockers took home the win by a final score of 80-63 against the USF Bulls. The Shockers snagged 19 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 27 in the matchup. They also coughed it up 8 times, while earning 9 steals for the contest. The Bulls had 13 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Shockers to the charity stripe for a total of 14 attempts. They were able to bury 11 of them for a rate of 78.6%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Wichita State converted 11 out of 27 tries (40.7%). When this game wrapped up, the Shockers finished the game shooting 29 for 61 from the field which gave them a rate of 47.5%. The Shockers permitted the Bulls to bury 22 of 57 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 38.6% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 20.0% from distance by connecting on 5 out of 25 and finished the game at 14 out of 19 at the free throw line (73.7%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Wichita State allowed South Florida to pull down 37 in total (13 on the offensive glass).
Tyson Etienne ended up being a factor for the Shockers for this contest. He knocked down 6 out of 15 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 40.0%, but wasn't able to snag a board. Etienne recorded 21 points in his 30 mins of playing time and accumulated 3 assists in the matchup. An additional guy who came through for Wichita State was Dexter Dennis. He finished with 1 assist in 30 mins played, and he knocked down 5 of 8 from the floor. Dennis ended up shooting 62.5% from the floor while totaling 14 points and 3 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take South Florida (+9)
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