Wichita State vs. Illinois State - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois State at Wichita State Shockers (27-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2:35 pm (Scottrade Center)
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The Illinois State Redbirds and Wichita State Shockers meet Saturday in the MVC semifinal.
The Illinois State Redbirds look to build on their five-game winning streak. On the season, Illinois State is averaging 68.1 points on 43.2 percent shooting and is allowing 62.5 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Daishon Knight is averaging 13.9 points and 2.5 assists while DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell is averaging 13 points and 5.7 rebounds. Reggie Lynch is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Paris Lee is dishing 3.6 assists. The Illinois State Redbirds have four players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 71.8 percent from the line and 34.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Illinois State is allowing 33.9 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 67 or less points in five straight games.
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The Wichita State Shockers look to build on their nine-game winning streak. On the season, Wichita State is averaging 68.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting and is allowing 55.5 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Ron Baker is averaging 15.2 points and 2.4 assists while Fred VanVleet is averaging 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds. Darius Carter is the third double-digit scorer and Tekele Cotton is dishing three assists. The Wichita State Shockers have four players averaging at least 9.4 points, and they’re shooting 69.1 percent from the line and 36.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Wichita State is allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in nine straight games.
The Redbirds are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Shockers are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games and 46-19-2 ATS in their last 67 games overall. The Redbirds are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Wichita State has been money ATS overall and should be able to beat the Redbirds by double digits here.