Cincinnati vs. Wichita State Pick
Can No. 11 Wichita State earn a share of the American Athletic Conference title on Sunday, March 4, 2018 when it hosts No. 10 Cincinnati at Noon ET?
815 Cincinnati +1.5 vs. 816 Wichita State
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Wichita State is listed as the slim favorite, as the Shockers are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Bearcats. The over/under total for the contest has yet to be set. Today’s game is taking place from Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas and will air live on CBS.
Wichita State has won seven straight, including a 76-72 win at Cincinnati on Feb. 18. The Shockers are now 24-5 overall, 14-3 in the AAC and 12-15 against the spread. They are a game behind Cincinnati in the conference race and can earn a share of the title with a win today. Wichita State is averaging 83.9 points per game this season while allowing 71.1 per contest. Landry Shamet is leading Wichita State this season with 14.5 points and 5.2 assists per game while Shaquille Morris is adding 14.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.
Cincinnati has won its last three since losing to Wichita State. The Bearcats are 26-4 overall, 15-2 in the AAC and 15-11-1 against the spread. Cincy is averaging 76.1 points per game this season while allowing just 57.2 per contest. Jacob Evans has been leading the team with 13.3 points per game, but he is questionable for today with an ankle injury. Gary Clark is adding 12.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
The Shockers covered in the first meeting with Cincinnati, as they were a 6-point underdog on the road. Wichita State is really tough at home, as their offensive average skyrockets to 90 points per game. Cincinnati has a great defense, but it couldn’t stop the Shocker at home and I don’t think it will stop it in Kansas. This is a big game for the Wichita State program, as it can win the AAC in its first season. I expect one of the Shockers’ best efforts today. The public betting is strongly backing Wichita State as well.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTIONS: 816 WICHITA STATE -1.5