Tulsa vs. Wichita State Pick
Will No. 17 Wichita State have any trouble when it plays host to Tulsa tonight at 6PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Wichita State is favored at home in this game, as the Shockers are getting odds of -16.5 points against Tulsa. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 147 points. Tonight’s game is set to take place from Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas and will air live on the CBS Sports Network.
Tulsa snapped a four-game win streak last weekend with a 64-51 win over Memphis. The Golden Hurricanes are 11-9 overall, 4-4 in the AAC and 11-6 against the spread. Tulsa is averaging 73.7 points per game this season while allowing 72 per contest. Junior Etou is averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game to lead Tulsa while Sterling Taplin is adding 11.7 points and 4.2 assists per contest.
Wichita State is coming off an 81-62 win over Central Florida to snap a two-game losing streak. The Shockers are 16-4 on the season, 6-2 in the AAC and 8-10 against the spread. Wichita State is putting up 83.1 points per game this season while allowing 69 per game. Shaquille Morris has been averaging 12.5 points per game this season but is questionable to play tonight due to an ankle injury. Landry Shamet is leading the team with 15 points and 5.2 assists per game.
Wichita State has won nine of its last 10 meetings with Tulsa, covering the spread in five of the last seven encounters. Wichita State picked up a 72-69 win at Tulsa on Jan. 13, but Tulsa was a 12.5-point dog. The Golden Hurricanes have been able to cover on the road more than they haven’t and that includes trips to Oklahoma State and Temple. Wichita State isn’t 100 percent and the Shockers haven’t been playing their best in recent weeks. I think asking for a 17-point win is a little much at the moment. The public betting is backing Wichita State, but I will take Tulsa with the points.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: TULSA +16.5