USF vs Wichita State College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/22/20

USF vs Wichita State College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/22/20 Photo by Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Wichita State Shockers (3-2) at South Florida Bulls (5-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Yuengling Center)

The Line: South Florida Bulls -2.5 -- Over/Under: 132.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Wichita State Shockers and the USF Bulls meet in AAC college basketball action from the Yuengling Center on Tuesday night.

The Wichita State Shockers will look to add to their 3-2 record after picking up a 73-57 win over subdivision Emporia State last time out. Morris Udeze led the Shockers with 18 points on 7 of 7 shooting from the field while Tyson Etienne added 14 points with 4 threes and 4 assists and Ricky Council IV added 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Wichita State in the win. Trey Wade added 7 rebounds while Dexter Dennis chipped in 8 points with 6 rebounds. Alterique Gilbert had 6 points with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals while Clarence Jackson had 7 rebounds. Etienne leads Wichita State in scoring with 15.4 points per game while Gilbert leads the Shockers in assists with 3.4 assists per game and Council IV leads the Shockers in rebounding with 6.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Wichita State is averaging 70.6 points on 37.7% shooting from the field, 30.8% from behind the arc and 67.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.2 points on 42.2% shooting from the field and 29.1% from 3-point range this season.

The USF Bulls will look to add to their 5-2 mark this year after a 74-71 win over Cincinnati last time out. Alexis Yetna led the Bulls with 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes and 12 rebounds for the double-double while Michael Durr and Xavier Castaneda added 14 points apiece with Durr shooting 6 of 10 with 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks for the double-double while Castaneda shot 6 of 10 with a pair of threes. David Collins added 11 points with 4 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for USF in the win while Caleb Murphy chipped in 7 points with 4 assists and a pair of steals. Collins leads the Bulls in scoring and assists with an average of 13 points and 3.7 assists per game while Yetna leads the Bulls in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, USF is averaging 71.6 points on 45.4% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 59.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70 points on 43.5% shooting from the field and 28.4% from 3-point range this season.

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Wichita State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road gams and 4-9-2 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win. South Florida is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. The favorite is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

I’ll give USF credit, as the Bulls have shown some maturity and already have wins over decent teams like Wofford and Cincinnati this season. However, I’m still not sold on this USF squad as I’ve seen the Bulls fall apart offensively and forget how to score more often than I’d care to remember and I just feel like I have trust issues with the Bulls. Wichita State is clearly a different team than the ones that were consistent elite 8 teams years ago, but this is still a really good team and getting a free bucket with the Shockers feels like an early Christmas gift. I’ll take Wichita State and the Shockers in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Wichita State +2.5

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