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Wichita State vs. Tulane - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tulane at Wichita State
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Charles Koch Arena
Wichita, KS
The Line
Wichita State Shockers -13.5 -- Over/Under: 139
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Tulane at Wichita State
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The Tulane Green Wave and the Wichita State Shockers meet in AAC college basketball action from the Charles Koch Arena on Saturday night.

The Tulane Green Wave will look for their first conference win to snap a brutal 11-game losing streak after a 75-67 loss to Temple in their last outing. Caleb Daniels led the Green Wave with 21 points along with team-highs of 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the double-double. Samir Sehic came 2nd with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Jordan Cornish added 11 points with 3 triples to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Tulane in the losing effort. Daniels leads Tulane in scoring with 15.6 points per game while Sehic leads the Green Wave on the glass with 7.8 rebounds per game and Cornish leads Tulane in the assists department with 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Tulane is averaging 67 points per game on 42.1% shooting from the field, 31% from behind the 3-point line and 67.2% from the foul line this season.

The Wichita State Shockers will be looking to build on their current 3-game winning streak after a 65-49 win over East Carolina in their last outing. Samajae Haynes-Jones led the Shockers with 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes while Markis McDuffie added 14 points and a pair of steals as the only other Wichita State player to score in double figures in the win. Asbjorn Midtgaard added 6 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes while Jaime Echenique contributed 8 points and 10 rebounds. Jamarius Burton added a team-high 4 assists as well in the victory. McDuffie leads Wichita State in scoring with 18.6 points per game while Echenique leads the Shockers in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game and Burton leads Wichita State in assists with 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Wichita State is averaging 69.4 points per game on 41.2% shooting from the field, 31% from 3-point range and 69.7% from the foul line this season.

Tulane is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 9-4 in their last 13 games overall. Wichita State is 47-20-1 ATS in their last 68 games against a team with a losing record and 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 conference games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games.

Tulane has been brutal for much of the season, have yet to win on the road and are simply the worst team in the AAC. However, the Green Wave have had some close calls lately, losing 5 of their last 8 conference games by 10 points or less. Wichita State has played better and still has a solid home court advantage, but the Shockers aren’t playing the kind of basketball that warrants this thick of a line. It’s also worth noting that Tulane covered the only meeting between these two teams last year, losing by 7 as 18.5-point underdogs. I just think this is a case of too many points so I’ll take a shot with Tulane here.

Pick:
Tulane +13.5

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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