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South Florida vs. Wichita State - 1/22/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Wichita State at South Florida
Date & Time Tuesday January 22, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Yuengling Center
Tampa, FL
The Line
South Florida Bulls -3 -- Over/Under: 136.5
TV Channel
CBS Sports Network
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The Wichita State Shockers will travel to the Yuengling Center to take on the South Florida Bulls this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Wichita State Shockers dropped to 8-9 (1-4 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the Cincinnati Bearcats, 66-55, this past Saturday. Wichita State played Cincinnati tough, however, the Shockers weren’t able to fight back after the Bearcats took a 57-46 lead with just 5:31 left in regulation. Wichita State shot 40.4% from the field and was outrebounded by a 36-24 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Shockers was Markis McDuffie who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Wichita State is averaging 70.4 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Shockers are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wichita State has been led by Markis McDuffie (19.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 spg), Samajae Haynes-Jones (13.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.0 apg), Jaime Echenique (8.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 bpg), and Dexter Dennis (7.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.1 apg).

Defensively, Wichita State is allowing their opponents to average 71.6 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Shockers have a rebound margin of 2.2 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

The South Florida Bulls lost their 3rd consecutive game and dropped to 12-6 (2-4 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the 21st ranked Houston Cougars, 69-60, this past Saturday. South Florida struggled offensively agianst the Cougars and couldn’t fight back after Houston took a 63-50 lead with just 2:16 left in regulation. South Florida shot just 31.8% from the field and 23.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulls was David Collins who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, South Florida is averaging 73.9 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Bulls are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Florida has been led by David Collins (14.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.6 spg), LaQuincy Rideau (14.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.6 apg, 3.2 spg), Alexis Yetna (12.7 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Justin Brown (7.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg).

Defensively, South Florida is holding their opponents to an average of 66.6 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Bulls have a rebound margin of 7.4 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

The Shockers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Tuesday games, however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 5-2 ATS I their last 7 home games.

Wichita State has lost 5 of their last 6 games and has struggled on the offensive end this season as they currently rank just 259th in scoring offense, 296th in FG%, and 302nd in 3P-FG%. South Florida has lost 4 of their last 5 games, however, has been strong on the defensive end this season as they rank 59th in scoring defense, 79th in defensive FG%, and 11th in steals per game.

Wichita State picked up a nice win recently against UCF, however, it’s been a struggle for the Shockers this season as Wichita State has really struggled finding ways to put up points. Wichita State is 0-4 on the road this season and as I think the South Florida defense will gave the Shockers a bunch of trouble, I’m taking South Florida to cover this small home spread.

Pick:
South Florida Bulls -3

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