Wichita State Shockers vs Memphis Tigers Prediction, 1/21/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wichita State Shockers vs Memphis Tigers
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Wichita State (+2)
The Wichita State Shockers (8-3) are headed to FedExForum on Thursday where they'll meet the Memphis Tigers (6-5). Wichita State opens this contest as 2-point dogs. The O/U is set at 140.5.
Wichita State comes into this game with a record of 8-3 on the season. The Shockers are hitting 32.4% on shots from distance (84 of 259) and 68.2% from the charity stripe. They average 74.2 pts per contest (133rd in the country) while hitting 40.9% from the field. They are giving up possession 11.7 times per contest and as a squad are committing 16.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Wichita State is grabbing 40.9 boards per game and has earned 141 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 218th in the country in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Shockers are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers per game and they draw 19.4 personal fouls. They are giving up 27.2% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 103rd in college basketball in opponents PPG (67.2). The Shockers defense is allowing a FG percentage of 38.7% (265 of 684) and they concede 40.9 rebounds per game as a squad. They are ranked 147th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 138 relinquished for the year.
The Wichita State Shockers played the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and took home the win by a score of 72-53 in their last contest. Wichita State wrapped up the game with a 41.8% FG percentage (23 out of 55) and converted 11 of their 29 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Shockers knocked down 15 of 23 shots for a percentage of 65.2%. In reference to grabbing boards, they collected 38 with 8 of them being offensive. They also dished out 14 assists for the matchup while having 5 steals and 2 blocks. When talking about the defense, Wichita State let their opponent shoot 41.8% from the floor on 23 of 55 shooting. Tulsa recorded 12 dimes and had 5 steals for the game. Moreover, the Golden Hurricane grabbed 34 boards (10 offensive, 24 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Tulsa finished the game shooting 100.0% at the charity stripe by making 3 of their 3 attempts. They converted 4 of their 29 shots from 3-point land.
Tyson Etienne is someone who was a contributor in the game. He totaled 20 points on 6 out of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39 minutes and also grabbed 4 rebounds. Etienne ended up shooting 40.0% from the field and also dished out 2 dimes. Another guy that played a role in the matchup for the Shockers was Morris Udeze. He snagged 8 boards and collected 2 assists. He went 85.7% from the floor for the matchup by going 6-of-7 (20 points). When the final whistle blew, Udeze saw the court for 24 minutes.
Memphis has a win-loss record of 6-5 for the season. Memphis has 778 points for the season (70.7 per game) and they grab 40.9 rebounds per game. The Tigers are responsible for committing 20.1 fouls every game while shooting 62.0% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Tigers are connecting on 41.8% from the floor, which is ranked 287th in college basketball. Their rate of earning assists is at 15.3 times per game (81st in college basketball) and they cough up possession 15.5 times per contest. The Tigers on the defensive side of the court are 43rd in college hoops in points given up per game with 63.5. The Memphis defense surrenders 29.9% on shots from beyond the arc (70 of 234) and opponents are making 66.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 10.7 assists and 33.8 boards every game, which is ranked 46th and 119th in college hoops. They are forcing 16.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 39.5% from the field (40th in D-1).
In their last game, the Memphis Tigers took a loss by a final score of 58-57 when they faced the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The Tigers collected 23 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 34 for this contest. They also stuffed 3 attempts while recording 8 steals in the matchup. The Golden Hurricane were called for 13 fouls in the game which took the Tigers to the free throw line for a total of 15 shots. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throws for a percentage of 60.0%. When talking about shooting from beyond the arc, Memphis made 4 out of 15 tries (26.7%). In all, the Tigers ended up shooting 22 for 46 from the field which gave them a rate of 47.8%. The Tigers allowed the Golden Hurricane to make 20 of their 45 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 44.4% in this contest. They finished 18.8% from three-point range by connecting on 3 out of 16 and finished the contest at 15 of 26 from the free throw line (57.7%). In reference to rebounding, Memphis permitted Tulsa to grab 21 in total (6 on the offensive side).
Landers Nolley ended up having an impact for the Tigers in this matchup. He buried 5 of 13 in this matchup for a rate of 38.5%, which had him finishing with 13 points. grabbed 7 boards in his 28 mins and accumulated 2 dimes in this matchup. One more player that ended up playing a role for Memphis was Lester Quinones. He was able to score 12 points in his 29 minutes played via 4 out of 7 from the floor in the game. Quinones ended up shooting 57.1% from the field while contributing 2 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Wichita State (+2)
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