Wichita State Shockers (5-2) at Ole Miss Rebels (5-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 6:00 pm (The Pavilion at Ole Miss)
The Line: Mississippi Rebels -7.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Wichita State Shockers and the Ole Miss Rebels meet in college basketball action at the Pavilion at Ole Miss on Saturday night.
The Wichita State Shockers come into this game looking to build on a 5-2 record after picking up an 81-43 win over subdivision Newman in their last matchup. Tyson Etienne leads the Shockers with 15.3 points per game, shooting 35.7% from the field and an outstanding 81.1% from the foul line while former UConn Husky Alterique Gilbert’s made the most of his short time with his new team, putting up 11.3 points as well as a team-high 3.1 assists per game and 1.6 steals per game this season. Morris Udeze has 8 points per game while Ricky Council IV and Clarence Jackson each have 5+ rebounds per game this season for the Shockers. As a team, Wichita State is averaging 73.7 points per game on 39.8% shooting from the field, 30.8% from 3-point range and 66% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.9 points on 38.5% shooting from the field and 27.6% from behind the arc this year.
The Ole Miss Rebels will also look to build on a 5-2 mark after an 82-64 loss to Alabama last time out. Devontae Shuler leads the Rebels in scoring with 13.9 points as well as in the assist department with 3.3 assists per game while Romello White, who transferred in from Arizona State, is averaging 12.7 points and 7.3 rebounds for Ole Miss this year. KJ Buffen is Ole Miss’ third double-digit scorer, logging 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while Jarkel Joiner has 8.9 points and Luis Rodriguez has 8 points with a team-high 8.4 rebounds and 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Ole Miss is averaging 73.1 points on 45.5% shooting from the field, 26.7% from 3-point range and 65.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 56.9 points on 37.1% shooting from the field and 32.6% from 3-point range this season.
Wichita State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 road games against a team with a winning home record. Ole Miss is 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 8-0-1 in their last 9 games overall.
I think you could make a case for either side, as this line seems right about dead on as I think this is a 6-8 point game. With that said, I’m going to side with the under. This just feels like the kind of game where the first team to 65 wins if they get there, and I could even see both teams struggling to get to 60 with how poorly Ole Miss shoots the three but with how well they make up for it on the defensive end. Give me the under in this spot.