Nevada vs. Wichita State - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wichita State Shockers (5-5) at Nevada Wolf Pack (8-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Lawlor Events Center)
The Line: Nevada Wolf Pack +14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Cox Channel, CST, ESPN College Extra
The Nevada Wolfpack will travel to Charles Koch Arena to take on the Wichita State Shockers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Nevada Wolfpack won their 3rd straight game and improved to 8-3 (0-0 MW) on the season after defeating the Santa Clara Broncos, 72-69, this past Friday. Nevada shot 41.0% from the field and 28.0% (7-25) from beyond the arc. The Wolfpack allowed the Broncos to shoot 44.3 from the field and 40.0% from three-point range. Nevada outrebounded Santa Clara by a 41-35 margin and went 15 for 22 from the FT line in the victory. Leading the way for Nevada was Marqueze Coleman who had 18 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Wolfpack have been led by Marqueze Coleman (17.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.9 apg), D.J. Fenner (13.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.7 apg), and Tyron Criswell (11.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 spg). Offensively, Nevada is averaging 81.6 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field and 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Wolfpack average 6.1 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.14. Defensively, Nevada is holding their opponents to average 68.8 ppg on 37.2% shooting. The Wolfpack have a rebound margin of 7.4 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
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The Wichita State Shockers had their three game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-5 (0-0 MVC) on the season after losing to the Seton Hall Pirates in overtime, 80-76, this past Saturday. Wichita State was up by a 40-32 margin at halftime however, Seton Hall used a 11-3 run in the 2nd half to force the game into OT and secure the victory. Wichita State shot 40.6% from the field and 46.7% (14-30) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Shockers allowed the Pirates to shoot 42.9% from the field and 42.9% (6-14) from beyond the arc. Wichita State outrebounded Seton Hall by a 40-36 margin and committed 21 turnovers in the contest. Leading the way for Wichita State was Fred VanVleet who had 19 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Shockers have been led by Rob Baker (15.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.6 spg), Fred VanVleet (11.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.2 spg), and Landry Shamet (8.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 spg). Offensively, Wichita State is averaging 68.8 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field and 32.8% shooting from the field. The Shockers average 8.0 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.25. Defensively, Wichita State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg on 43.3% shooting. The Shockers have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of 5.8.
The Wolfpack are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games following a ATS loss and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Shockers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games.
Nevada and first year head coach Eric Musselman have had a good start to their season and is experienced team that returning all five of their top scorers from last year’s team. Wichita State suffered a tough loss against a good Seton Hall team, however, with Fred VanVleet back from injury, the Shockers are starting to look like the top-25 team that many people expected at the beginning of the season. Nevada really hasn’t played much competition with their toughest game coming at a 66-62 loss at Oregon State and as Wichita State is very tough to play at home, I think the Shockers defense will lead them to a 20-point victory. Take Wichita State to cover.