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Wichita State vs. Houston - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Cougars (12-2) at Wichita State Shockers (11-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Charles Koch Arena)

The Line: Wichita State Shockers -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

We have some college basketball action out of the American Athletic Conference as the Houston Cougars take on the #9 Wichita State Shockers on Thursday night.

The Houston Cougars will look to add to their current 4 game winning streak after a conference play opening 76-73 win over Temple gave Houston their 11th win in their last 12 games. Breaon Brady led the team with 21 points on 8 of 9 shooting with 9 rebounds in just 18 minutes on the floor. Armoni Brooks came 2nd with 14 points and Devin Davis added 12 points with a pair of blocks in the win to round out the scoring in double figures for Houston. Corey Davis Jr. added 3 triples while Rob Gray Jr. shot just 3 of 13 from the floor but added 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Despite the off night, Gray Jr. still leads the team in scoring with 19 points per game, while Davis leads the team in rebounding with 6.7 rebounds per game and Galen Robinson Jr. leads the team in assists with 3.9 helpers per game this season. As a team, Houston is scoring 80.6 points per game on 48.2% shooting from the field, 40.1% from behind the arc and 72.1% from the foul line this season.

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Wichita State vs. Houston - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The #9 Wichita State Shockers will look for another win to add to their current 3 game winning streak after opening AAC play with a 72-62 victory over UCONN in their last outing. Landry Shamet led the team with 16 points on 5 of 6 from behind the arc with a team-high 6 assists and a pair of blocks. Rashard Kelly, Conner Frankamp and Austin Reaves all added 11 points to finish off the double-digit scoring for the Shockers in the win, with Kelly added 12 rebounds for the double-double, while Frankamp and Reaves each knocked down 3 triples. Shaquille Morris also added 9 points with 5 boards and 3 blocks in the winning effort for Wichita State. Shamet leads the team with an average of 17 points and 4.7 assists per game, while Kelly leads the team on the glass with 8.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Wichita State is scoring 84.7 points per game on 48.3% shooting from the field, 39.8% from behind the arc and 74.1% from the foul line this season.

Houston is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 conference matchups. Wichita State is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 11-5 in their last 16 games overall. 

I know Wichita State is one of the toughest places to go on the road and cover let alone win. However, this is a lot of points to give up to a Houston team that’s been red hot lately and is capable of filling it up and can hang with the Shockers offensively. I think this could go down to the wire and who has the ball last, so I’ll take a stab at Houston and the points here.

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