Wichita State vs. Ohio State Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Buckeyes are 4.5-point favorites over the Shockers, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 132 points for this contest. Wichita State enters play with a 29-8 overall record and is 8-1 on neutral floors this season, while Ohio State is 29-7 overall and 8-0 at neutral sites.
LINE MOVEMENT: Ohio State opened as a 5-point favorite but the spread has been bet down to 4.5 at most online and Vegas sports books. As for the total, it opened at 133 and has been bet down to either 132, 131.5 or 131 depending on what sports book you view.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 64% of college basketball public bettors currently favor the Buckeyes. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
MARCH MADNESS FREE PICK: Take Wichita State. According to latest college basketball trends, Wichita State is: 4-0 ATS last 4 non-conference games, 4-1 ATS last 5 vs. Big 10, 5-2 ATS last 7 NCAA Tournament games. Ohio State is: 2-5 ATS last 7 non-conference games.
#9 Wichita State Shockers (29-8 SU, 18-14-2 ATS) are coming off a dominating, 72-58 win over La Salle, laying 4.5 on Thursday, The #2 Ohio State Buckeyes (29-7 SU, 20-13-1 ATS) defeated Arizona, 73-70 on Thursday, laying 3. Wichita State is no longer a Cinderella. The Shockers destroyed La Salle on Thursday, 72-58, giving 4.5. They also beat No. 1 seed Gonzaga, 76-70, getting 6.5 last Saturday. You can't say they haven't beaten a team from a power conference, because they dominated Pittsburgh, 73-55, on March 21, getting 4. Carl Hall (6-8, 238) hit his first five shots for the Shockers and scored 14 of his 16 points in the paint against the undersized Explorers. Ohio State tends to play smaller lineups, when they take Amir Williams (6-11, 250) out of the lineup. Wichita State, who outrebounded La Salle, 44-23, should be able to hang with the Buckeyes on the boards. Both teams play very good defense. Wichita State held their last three opponents to a combined 35.5 percent. The Shockers are seeking their first Final Four since 1965. It will be no shock to see them win this game outright.
2013 MARCH MADESS ELITE EIGHT FREE PICK: WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS +4.5