Indiana State vs. Wichita State - 2/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wichita State Shockers (20-7) at Indiana State Sycamores (13-14)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Hulman Center)
The Line: Indiana State Sycamores +10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Wichita State Shockers will travel to the Hulman Center to take on the Indiana State Sycamores this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Wichita State Shockers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 20-7 (13-2 MVC) on the season after defeating the Missouri State Bears, 99-68, this past Thursday. Wichita State put this game away earlier after taking a strong defensive 1st half that help them build a 51-27 lead at the break. Wichita State shot 59.1% from the field and 38.9% (7-18) from beyond the arc. The Shockers held the Bears to 21.4% (3-14) from beyond the arc and won the turnover battle by an 18-10 margin. Leading the way for Wichita State was Ron Baker who had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, and a block. On the season, the Shockers have been led by Ron Baker (13.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.3 apg), Fred VanVleet (12.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.6 apg), and Anton Grady (7.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg). Offensively, Wichita State is averaging 73.7 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field and 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Shockers average 7.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.41. Defensively, Wichita State is holding their opponents to an average of 59.9 ppg on 39.0% shooting. The Shockers have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of 5.8.
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The Indiana State Sycamores lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 13-14 (7-8 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Illinois State Sycamores, 78-50, this past Wednesday. Indiana State was blitzed from the opening whistle and couldn’t come back after finding themselves down 21-4 early and 44-23 at the half. Indiana State struggled offensively as they shot just 25.4% from the field and 18.2% (4-22) from beyond the arc. The Sycamores allowed the Redbirds to shoot 50.0% from the field and was outrebounded by a 42-34 margin. Leading the way for Indiana State was Everett Clemons who had 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Sycamores have been led by Devonte Brown (16.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Brenton Scott (15.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg), and Khristian Smith (10.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, Indiana State is averaging 70.0 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field and 32.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Sycamores average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.86. Defensively, Indiana State is allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg on 42.0% shooting. The Sycamores have a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
The Shockers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games and 41-15-2 ATS in their last 58 games following a ATS win. The Sycamores are 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 home games however, just 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Wichita State is back on track after suffering a home loss to Northern Iowa as over their last two games the Shockers have won by an average of 30.5 ppg. Indiana State has really struggled as of late as they’ve lost 4 of their last 5 games including a shocking 63-58 loss on the road against the 4-24 Bradley Braves. Indiana State is a tough place to play as the Sycamores currently have a 9-3 record at home however, Indiana State has been allowing teams to average 74.2 ppg over their last 5 games and as I don’t see the Sycamores being able to score against a very strong Wichita State defense, I’m taking Wichita State to cover this road spread.