Evansville vs. Wichita State - 1/31/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wichita State Shockers (15-5) at Evansville Purple Aces (18-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Ford Center)
The Line: Evansville Purple Aces +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The 22nd ranked Wichita State Shockers will travel to the Ford Center to take on the Evansville Purple Aces this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 22nd ranked Wichita State Shockers won their 10th straight game and improved to 15-5 (9-0 MVC) on the season after defeating Loyola (CHI) Ramblers, 80-54, this past Wednesday. Wichita State used a 16-4 run in the first half to take control of this game and never let the Ramblers get within double digits in the 2nd half. Wichita State shot 53.8% from the field and outrebounded Loyola (CHI) by a 40-30 margin. The Shockers held the Ramblers to shoot 39.2% from the field and 33.3% (4-12) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Wichita State was Ron Baker who had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 steals, and a block. On the season, the Shockers have been led by Rob Baker (14.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.8 spg), Fred VanVleet (12.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.4 apg), and Landry Shamet (8.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 spg). Offensively, Wichita State is averaging 67.4 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field and 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Shockers average 7.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.11. Defensively, Wichita State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.0 ppg on 42.0% shooting. The Shockers have a rebound margin of -3.2 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
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The Evansville Purple Aces was able to rebound from tough loss to the Indiana State Sycamores to defeat the Southern Illinois Salukis, 85-78 in OT, this past Thursday to improve to 18-4 (7-2 MVC) on the season. Evansville used an 8-3 run to start the overtime period and was able to hang on for the victory. Evansville shot 55.4% from the field and 72.7% (8-11) from beyond the arc. The Purple Aces allowed the Salukis to shoot 44.8% from the field and was outrebounded by Southern Illinois by a 39-26 margin. Leading the way for Evansville was D.J. Balentine who had 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. On the season, the Purple Aces have been led by D.J. Balentine (21.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.5 apg), Egidijus Mockevicius (16.7 ppg, 14.3 rpg, 2.7 bpg), and Jaylon Brown (11.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, Evansville is averaging 78.2 ppg on 52.1% shooting from the field and 38.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Purple Aces average 4.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.46. Defensively, Evansville is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Purple Aces average 5.5 steals per game and have a rebound margin of 4.3.
The Shockers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 38-13-2 ATS in their last 53 games following a ATS win. The Purple Aces are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
Wichita State is fully healthy and once again dominating MVC play as there are beating their opponents by an average of 21.1 ppg. Evansville has had a great season led by D.J. Balentine and Egidijus Mockevicius and is a perfect 11-0 at the Ford Center this season. Evansville has been the only team in the MVC to give Wichita State a game this season and I think the Purple Aces will be able to pull off the upset in this one. I’m taking Evansville and the points.