Wichita State vs. Alabama - 12/16/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (6-2) at Wichita State Shockers (7-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Charles Koch Arena)
The Line: Wichita State Shockers -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Alabama Crimson Tide and Wichita State Shockers play Tuesday night at the Charles Koch Arena.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are off to a quick 6-2 start and will play their second true road game. On the season, Alabama is averaging 78 points on 45.9 percent shooting and is allowing 71.4 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Levi Randolph leads the Tide with 17.8 points and three assists while Ricky Tarrant is averaging 13.4 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Rodney Cooper is the third Alabama player averaging double-digit points and Jimmie Taylor is grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game. The Alabama Crimson Tide are a quality offensive team that’s shooting 78.8 percent from the free throw line and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc. Usually a defensive team, Alabama is averaging close to eight steals and holding teams to 36.5 percent shooting from deep. Alabama is averaging just 32.5 rebounds.
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The Wichita State Shockers are 7-1 and look to remain unbeaten at home. On the season, Wichita State is averaging 74.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting and is allowing 60.3 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Ron Baker leads the Shockers with 18.5 points and 4.4 rebounds while Fred VanVleet is averaging 13 points and 5.3 assists. Darius Carter is grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game and Tekele Cotton is shooting 44.4 percent from the field. The Wichita State Shockers are a well balanced team that’s shooting 64.6 percent from the free throw line and 37.6 percent from downtown. Defensively, Wichita State is forcing 15.3 turnovers per game and holding teams to 37.5 percent from deep. Wichita State is averaging 40.3 rebounds per contest.
The Crimson Tide are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The Shockers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 39-13-2 ATS in their last 54 games overall.
Alabama will get worked on the glass on this game and doesn't defend the outside well enough to hang with the Shockers. Look for Wichita State to win by double digits here.