Houston vs. Wichita State Pick
Can No. 9 Wichita State cruise to another big conference win when it welcomes Houston to town tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Wichita State is favored at home, as the Shockers are getting odds of -8.5 points against Houston. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 151.5 points. Tonight’s game takes place from Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas and will air live on ESPN.
Wichita State has won three straight coming into tonight, including a 72-62 win at UConn to open AAC play last weekend. The Shockers are 11-2 overall, 1-0 in the AAC and 4-7 against the spread. Wichita State has failed to cover in its last four games. The Shockers are averaging 84.7 points per game on offense while allowing 70.2 per game. Landry Shamet is putting up 17 points and 4.7 assists per game to lead the team while Darral Willis Jr. is adding 12.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest.
Houston is on a four-game win streak coming into today, including wins over USF and Temple to start conference play. The Cougars are 12-2 overall, 2-0 in the AAC and 6-4 against the spread. They have covered in five of their last seven lined games. The Cougars are putting up 80.6 points per game this season while allowing 66.6 per game. Rob Gray is leading the team with 19 points per game while Devin Davis is adding 11.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest.
Wichita State won and covered in the last meeting with Houston back in 2005. The Shockers are winning games right now, but not covering at the betting window. Now they face a Houston team playing with plenty of confidence right now. Houston has covered in in four of its last five road games. The big concern is if the Cougars can find enough offense to cover. I think they manage to do it against a Wichita State team that is playing to the level of its competition right now. The public betting is strong with the Shockers, but I will take the points tonight.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON +8.5