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Houston vs. Wichita State - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Wichita State at Houston
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Fertitta Center
Houston, TX
The Line
Houston Cougars -11.5 -- Over/Under: 135
TV Channel
CBSSN
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The Wichita State Shockers and the Houston Cougars meet in AAC conference college basketball action from the Fertitta Center on Saturday night.

The Wichita State Shockers will look to bounce back and snap a 3-game losing skid after an 85-81 overtime loss to Temple in their last outing. Markis McDuffie led the Shockers with 24 points on 7 of 17 shooting with 3 threes and 7 rebounds while Samajae Haynes-Jones added 22 points on 10 of 18 shooting with a pair of threes and Dexter Dennis added 14 points with 6 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists. Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler added 12 points and 6 rebounds to round out the scoring in double figures for Wichita State in the loss while Ricky Torres added a team-high 8 rebounds in the losing effort as well. McDuffie leads Wichita State in scoring with 19.1 points per game while Haynes-Jones leads the Shockers in assists with 3.3 assists per game and Jaime Echenique leads Wichita State in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Wichita State is averaging 71.1 points per game on 41.4% shooting from the field, 30.7% from behind the arc and 67.2% from the foul line this season.

The Houston Cougars will be looking to rebound from their first loss of the season coming in a 73-69 loss to the same Temple Owls last time out. Breaon Brady led the Cougars with 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting in 19 minutes while Corey Davis Jr. and Nate Hinton each had 11 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Houston in the win, with Davis Jr. adding 3 threes and 3 assists while Hinton chipped in 3 triples of his own. Galen Robinson Jr. added 7 points and a team-high 6 rebounds while Dejon Jarreau added 7 points and a team-high 7 assists with 3 steals. Davis Jr. leads the Cougars in scoring with 15.2 points per game while Robinson Jr. leads Houston in assists with 5.4 assists per game and Armoni Brooks leads the Cougars in rebounding with 6.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Houston is averaging 75.1 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range and 72.1% from the foul line this season. The Cougars are also tough defensively, giving up the 9th-fewest points per game in the country, allowing just 60.1 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot just 36.3% from the field and 26.5% from 3-point range, the 2nd and 4th lowest percentages in the country respectively.

Wichita State is 0-8 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 road games. Houston is 20-8-2 ATS in their last 30 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 conference games.

Wichita State, despite being in a down year, is a much better team than their record would indicate. However, the fact is that the Shockers have lost and failed to cover in all of their 3 road games so far this season, losing each by at least 11 points, an average margin of defeat of 19.6 points per game. Houston could be in for a hangover after their first loss of the year, but I think that the Cougars will come out firing so I’ll lay the points with the Cougars in this spot.

Pick:
Houston -11.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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