Wichita State vs. LSU - 11/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
LSU Tigers (3-0) at Wichita State Shockers (4-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort)
The Line: Wichita State Shockers -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Wichita State Shockers will take on the LSU Tigers at the Imperial Arena in the Battle 4 Atlantis this Wednesday afternoon.
Wichita State improved to 4-0 on the season with another dominating victory over the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, 116-79, this past Sunday. Wichita State overpowered Maryland-Eastern Shore in every aspect of the game and easily cruised to victory after taking a 62-37 halftime lead. The Shockers shot 66.0% from the field and 62.5% (15-24) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Shockers was Landry Shamet who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, Wichita State is averaging 93.3 ppg on 52.3% shooting from the field. The Shockers are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 39.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Wichita State has been led by Zach Brown (11.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apg), Markis McDuffie (11.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.5 apg), Darral Willis Jr. (11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Landry Shamet (9.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, Wichita State is holding their opponents to an average of 56.5 ppg on 35.1% shooting from the field. The Shockers have been outstanding on the boards early in the season as they currently rank 11th in the country with a rebound margin of 115.3.
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The LSU Tigers improved to 3-0 on the young season after defeating the North Florida Ospreys, 78-70, this past Friday. LSU entered halftime with just a 34-33 lead however, used a 17-9 run midway through the 2nd half to create some separation and secure the victory. LSU shot 46.8% from the field and although they were outrebounded by a 44-34 margin, did force the Ospreys into committing 20 turnovers. Leading the way for LSU was Duop Reath who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. On the season, LSU is averaging 82.3 ppg on 50.5% shooting from the field and 39.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, the Tigers have been led by Antonio Blakeney (18.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), Duop Reath (16.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.3 bpg), Aaron Epps (13.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg), and Brandon Sampson (11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, LSU is holding their opponents to an average of 66.7 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. LSU has done a good job when it comes to turnovers as they Tigers rank T-51st in the country in turnover margin at +4.0.
The Shockers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Tigers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games however, just 3-10-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Wichita State hasn’t played much in competition to start their season but their 36.8 average margin of victory has been down right impressive. LSU has had a nice start to their season led by their best returning starter, Antonio Blakeney, however, the Tigers are still a rebuilding project as evident with their recent struggles against North Florida. Wichita State no longer have Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet, however, the Shockers are one of the most athletic teams in the country and I think Wichita State continues their dominant start to their season with a 12-15 point win.