Memphis Tigers vs. Wichita State Shockers - 11/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wichita State Shockers (1-0) at Memphis Tigers (0-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Tigers +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wichita State Shockers and Memphis Tigers will face of this Tuesday afternoon as part of the 24-hours of Basketball.
The Wichita State Shockers ran the table last year in the regular season going an impressive 34-0 before getting bounced from the NCAA tournament in the second round by eventual runner-up Kentucky. The Shockers lost a few members from last year’s team, however, they are returning their two stars, Pre-Season All-MVC candidates Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet and although they might face more of challenge in the MVC this year, the Shockers are clear favorites to once again win their conference and gain a decent seed for March Madness. Wichita State opened the season with a tough challenge in pre-season WAC favorite, New Mexico State, but was able to jump out to a big first half lead and ended with a conclusive 71-54 victory. Leading the way for the Shockers was Ron Baker (16 pts, 4 red, 4 ast), Tekele Cotton (17 pts, 5 reb) and Fred VanVleet (6 pts, 5 reb, 7 stl). Coach Greg Marshall had to be pleased with his team’s defensive effort as the Shockers forced 20 turnovers against a dangerous New Mexico State offensive that averaged 77 points last season.
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The Memphis Tigers and Head Coach Josh Pastner will lead a Memphis team with a lot of new faces on it. Last year, Memphis was led by an experienced back-court in season guards Joe Jackson (14.1 pts, 3.6 rpg, 4.5 apg), Michael Dixon Jr. (11.8 ppg) Chris Crawford (8.7 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 apg), and Geron Johnson (8.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.5 apg). Coach Pastner was looking at the possibility of starting the season with absolutely no experience in his backcourt, however, caught a caught a huge break when Vanderbilt transfer Kedren Johnston (13.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.6 apg in 2012-13) was recently ruled eligible to play. Johnston will be joining up with the strength of this year’s Memphis team in starting front-court Shaq Goodwin (11.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.8 bpg) and Austin Nichols (9.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 bpg). Memphis is projected to be a top team in the AAC and if they can get enough production from their incoming freshman and backcourt, the Tigers will have a shot to be in the NCAA tournament in March.
The Shockers are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 non-conference games. The Tigers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
I was impressed how Wichita State dismantled a good team in New Mexico State and although I think Memphis will be a decent team, especially with the addition of Kedren Johnston, I think the Shockers will be able to contain the Tigers big men and cover the spread.