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Wichita State vs. Connecticut - 2/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Connecticut Huskies (12-12) at Wichita State Shockers (18-5)
Date & Time Saturday February 10, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Wichita State Shockers -18 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | Connecticut Huskies (12-12) at Wichita State Shockers (18-5)

We have some AAC college basketball action on Saturday evening as the UCONN Huskies battle the #22 Wichita State Shockers from Charles Koch Arena.

The UCONN Huskies will look for a huge road win to build some momentum after snapping a 3 game losing skid with a 68-65 win over South Florida in their last outing,. Jalen Adams led UCONN with 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting with a team-high 6 assists, while Terry Larrier and Christian Vital added 15 points apiece to round out the trio of double digit scorers for UCONN in the win, with Larrier shooting 6 of 9 with 3 threes, while Vital added a 9 of 11 mark from the foul line with a pair of steals. Josh Carlton also added a team-high 6 rebounds in the winning effort for the Huskies. Adams leads UCONN with an average of 17.7 points and 4.2 assists per game while Vital leads the Huskies in rebounding with 4.9 boards per game this season. As a team, UCONN is scoring 66.9 points per game on 40.7% shooting from the field, 30.9% from behind the arc and 75.4% from the foul line this season.

The #22 Wichita State Shockers will try to keep their momentum going after winning 3 of their last 4 games following an 85-65 win over Memphis in their last outing. Austin Reaves led Wichita State with 22 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 5 threes while Landry Shamet came right behind in 2nd with 20 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 4 triples and a team-high 5 assists. Darral Willis Jr. added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double, while Zach Brown added 11 points with 4 steals to round out the scoring in double figures for the Shockers in the win. Shamet leads Wichita State with an average of 14.7 points and 5.3 assists per game while Rashard Kelly is the Shockers’ leading rebounder with 7.7 boards per game this season. As a team, Wichita State is scoring 83.3 points per game on 47.6% shooting from the field, 38.3% from behind the arc and 73.3% from the foul line this season.

UCONN is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 3-8 ATS in their lat 11 Saturday games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Wichita State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. 

This is a lot of points to give up considering that Wichita State’s hit a bumpy patch as of late, but you need to do more than narrowly beat USF to get some confidence out of me. UCONN doesn’t have that magic that they’ve had in years past, while Wichita State is still one of the best teams in the country. This is a game that’s better to watch than bet, but for the sake of a pick, I’ll lay the points with Wichita State.

Wichita State -18

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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