Wichita State vs. Evansville - 2/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Evansville Purple Aces (19-8) at Wichita State Shockers (24-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Charles Koch Arena)
The Line: Wichita State Shockers -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Evansville Purple Aces and Wichita State Shockers meet Sunday at the Charles Koch Arena.
The Evansville Purple Aces hope to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. On the season, Evansville is averaging 69.2 points on 48 percent shooting and is allowing 64.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting. D.J. Balentine is averaging 19.4 points and 3.3 assists while Egidijus Mockevicius is averaging 12.2 points and 10 rebounds. Mislav Brzoja is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Blake Simmons is dishing 2.3 assists. The Evansville Purple Aces have five players averaging at least 7.2 points, and they’re shooting 74.7 percent from the line and 35.5 percent from downtown. Defensively, Evansville is allowing percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in four straight games.
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The Wichita State Shockers look to stay hot after winning their last five games. On the season, Wichita State is averaging 69.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting and is allowing 56.3 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Ron Baker is averaging 15.5 points and four rebounds while Fred VanVleet is averaging 12 points and 5.3 assists. Darius Carter is the third double-digit scorer and Tekele Cotton is dishing 2.9 assists. The Wichita State Shockers have four players averaging at least 9.7 points, and they’re shooting 69.8 percent from the line and 37.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Wichita State is allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in five straight games.
The Purple Aces are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Shockers are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. Missouri Valley and 43-18-2 ATS in their last 63 games overall. The Purple Aces are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Wichita State and 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings overall.
These teams have played some close games in the past and even their meeting last month was fairly compeitive. With the Purple Aces playing well as of late, I like the value of the points here.