Tigers vs. Shockers Prediction
A pair of top 25 teams in the American Athletic Conference will do battle tonight as the 21st-ranked Memphis Tigers will play at the 23rd-ranked Wichita State Shockers. Is a bet on visiting Memphis the right way to go?
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Charles Koch Arena at 7PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Shockers are a 6-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 140.5 points. As of Thursday morning, 79 percent of public bets are coming in on host Wichita State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Tigers upset by Bulldogs
Memphis lost by a score of 65-62 Saturday afternoon at home against Georgia to drop to 12-2 overall and 9-1 at home. The Tigers were outscored 28-25 in the second half after the score went to halftime tied. Precious Achiuwa paced Memphis with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting including 2-of-3 from 3-point distance plus 2-of-5 at the free throw line. He also racked up 15 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Alex Lomax registered 11 points, five steals, four boards and four assists. Boogie Ellis added 10 points and eight caroms.
Shockers roll past Rebels
Wichita State earned a 74-54 home victory Saturday over Mississippi to improve to 13-1 overall and 11-0 at home. The Shockers led 39-24 at halftime on their way to the triumph. Erik Stevenson paced WSU with 29 points on 9-of-15 shooting including 5-of-11 from 3-point range plus 6-of-7 at the free throw line. He also notched six rebounds and three steals. Jamarius Burton tallied 16 points, five boards, four assists and two steals. Grant Sherfield added 10 points and five caroms off the bench.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as an road underdog. Memphis is 1-4 ATS in its last five Thursday games.
The Shockers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. Wichita State is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games following a straight up win.
The Shockers are a good squad, but have benefited from a weak schedule. The Tigers are more battle-tested and will be salty after the poor performance at home Saturday. Memphis has its sights set on a conference championship and this result would be a huge step. Even if the Tigers don't win outright, I like their chances to stay within the number as their defense should keep them right in it.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: MEMPHIS TIGERS +6