Wichita State Shockers vs Ole Miss Rebels Prediction, 1/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wichita State Shockers vs Ole Miss Rebels
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021
Location: The Pavilion at Ole Miss in Oxford, MS
Odds/Point Spread: Wichita State (+8)
The Ole Miss Rebels (5-2) host the Wichita State Shockers (5-2) at The Pavilion at Ole Miss on Saturday. Ole Miss opens this matchup as 8-point favorites. The total opens at 133.5.
Wichita State comes into this one with a record of 5-2 on the campaign. The Shockers are hitting 30.8% on shots from beyond the arc (53 of 172) and 66.0% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 73.7 points per outing (158th in Division 1) while going 39.8% from the field. They turn it over 11.3 times per game and as a squad are committing 17.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Wichita State is snagging 41.6 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 93 dimes this season, which has them ranked 198th in D-1 in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Shockers are able to force 14.4 turnovers per game while drawing 18.3 fouls. The Shockers defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 38.5% (164 of 426) and they relinquish 41.9 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 144th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 85 surrendered on the year. They give up 27.6% from beyond the arc while they are 93rd in college basketball in PPG allowed (65.9).
The Wichita State Shockers played the Newman Jets and took home the win by a score of 81-43 in their last game. Wichita State ended the contest having earned a 49.3% field goal percentage (33 out of 67) and converted 8 of their 22 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Shockers made 7 of 13 attempts for a percentage of 53.8%. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 44 with 7 of them being offensive. They also doled out 21 assists for the contest in addition to earning 9 steals and 4 rejections. When discussing defense, Wichita State allowed 49.3% from the floor on 33 out of 67 shooting. Newman earned 6 dimes and had 10 steals for the matchup. Additionally, the Jets pulled down 31 rebounds (8 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Newman walked away from this one shooting 40.0% at the free throw line by making 4 of their 10 shots. They also converted 3 of 23 shots from downtown.
Dexter Dennis is someone who played a role for the game. He ended up scoring 13 points on 5 out of 9 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 20 mins played and also pulled down 3 rebounds. Dennis ended up going 55.6% from the field and recorded 2 dimes. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Shockers was Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler. He pulled down 2 rebounds and also had 2 assists. He went 80.0% from the field for the contest by going 4-of-5 (11 points). When the final whistle blew, Bear-Chandler was on the court for 13 min.
Ole Miss has a record of 5-2 for the campaign. Ole Miss has totaled 512 points on the year (73.1 per contest) and they average 40.9 boards per game. The Rebels are committing 18.3 personal fouls per contest while shooting 65.5% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Rebels are hitting on 45.5% from the field, which is ranked 157th in D-1. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 13.7 times per contest (170th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.9 times per contest. The Rebels on the defensive side of the court are 10th in college hoops in PPG allowed with 56.9. The Ole Miss defense allows 32.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (46 of 141) and opponents are knocking down 66.1% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 9.7 dimes and 33.0 total boards per game, which has them ranked 27th and 91st in the nation. They have forced 19.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 37.1% from the floor (16th in the country).
In their last game, the Ole Miss Rebels took a defeat with a final score of 82-64 against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Rebels recorded 27 defensive boards and 17 offensive boards totaling 44 for the game. They also blocked 3 tries while recording 7 steals in this game. The Crimson Tide were called for 27 fouls in the matchup which got the Rebels to the charity stripe for a total of 35 attempts. They were able to bury 19 of those for a rate of 54.3%. When discussing shots from downtown, Ole Miss converted 1 of 13 attempts (7.7%). When the game finished, the Rebels finished shooting 22 for 65 from the floor which had them at 33.8%. The Rebels allowed the Crimson Tide to convert 28 out of 65 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 43.1% for the contest. They finished 32.4% from 3-point land by shooting 12 out of 37 and ended up shooting 14 of 24 from the free throw line (58.3%). In reference to rebounds, Ole Miss allowed Alabama to snag 44 in total (13 offensive).
Romello White ended up being a factor for the Rebels for this game. He made 6 of 12 for this game giving him a rate of 50.0%, which got him 20 points. White had 11 boards in his 31 mins and had 2 assists for the game. An additional guy who came through for Ole Miss was KJ Buffen. He scored 15 points in 24 minutes on the hardwood by way of 6 out of 10 shooting in this contest. Buffen finished going 60.0% from the field in addition to contributing 2 dimes and 8 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Ole Miss (-8)
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