Indiana vs. Wichita State - 3/20/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wichita State (28-4) vs. Indiana (20-13)
College Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm (CenturyLink Center Omaha)
The Line: Wichita State -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Hoosiers and Wichita State Shockers meet Friday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Indiana Hoosiers were the seventh-best Big Ten team and lost five of their last seven. On the season, Indiana is averaging 77.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting and is allowing 71.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Yogi Ferrell is averaging 16.1 points and 4.9 assists while James Blackmon Jr. is averaging 15.8 points and 5.3 rebounds. Troy Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Johnson is dishing 2.3 assists. The Indiana Hoosiers have four players averaging at least nine points, and they’re shooting 71.5 percent from the line and 40.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 72 or more points in four of its last five games.
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The Wichita State Shockers look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 10 games. On the season, Wichita State is averaging 69.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting and is allowing 55.8 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Ron Baker is averaging 15 points and 4.5 rebounds while Fred VanVleet is averaging 12.7 points and 5.3 assists. Darius Carter is the third double-digit scorer and Tekele Cotton is grabbing four rebounds. The Wichita State Shockers have four players averaging at least 9.6 points, and they’re shooting 68.8 percent from the line and 36.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Wichita State is allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points on 10 straight games.
The Hoosiers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Shockers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games and 46-20-2 ATS in their last 68 games overall.
I've been high on Indiana all season and it's been an up-and-down season for the Hoosiers. But this bid gives them new life and with playmakers like Ferrell and Blackmon, I'm calling the upset. Take Indiana to win outright.