Wichita State Shockers (9-8) vs. Memphis Tigers (13-5)
January 19, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Memphis Tigers -11.5 / Wichita State Shockers +11.5 ; Over/Under: 136.5
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The Wichita State Shockers and the Memphis Tigers meet Thursday in college basketball action from FedExForum. Wichita State is 9-8 overall this year. The Shockers beat Tulsa in their last game. As for Memphis, they’re sitting at 13-5 after a win over Temple on Sunday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Wichita State Shockers
Wichita State was 7-7 after 14 games with wins over Central AR, Richmond, Grand Canyon, Tarleton State, MS Valley State, Longwood and TX Southern. The Shockers would then lose to Cincinnati before beating South Florida and Tulsa.
Matched up against Tulsa on Saturday, the Shockers were down 41-27 by the break. Wichita State fought back on a 46-28 second-half run and got the win 73-69. Jaykwon Walton was the leading team scorer on 19 points.
Over on the Memphis side, they were 11-3 after 14 games with losses to Saint Louis, Seton Hall and Alabama. The Tigers are 2-2 in their last four with losses to Tulane and UCF alongside wins over ECU and Temple.
In the Temple game on Sunday, the Tigers were up 25-23 at halftime. Memphis kept the pace from there and eked out the win 61-59. Both DeAndre Williams and Kendric Davis scored a team-high 20 points apiece.
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I’ll probably stick with Memphis. The Tigers’ win over Temple on Sunday wasn’t exactly pretty; they shot just 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) from 3-point range and got out-rebounded 48-31 (17-7 offensive) in the two-point affair. It was Memphis’ lowest points total since November 27 but it was still a victory. As for Wichita State, they had some trouble themselves against Tulsa in their last game but managed to get the win. Both these teams could use a bounce-back effort here, and I think we’ll get it in a competitive game on the way to a Memphis cover.