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

Game
Tulsa at Wichita State
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Charles Koch Arena
Wichita, KS
The Line
Wichita State Shockers -3 -- Over/Under: 142.5
TV Channel
ESPN U
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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to Charles Koch Arena to take on the Wichita State Shockers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 13-9 (3-6 AAC) on the season after defeating the Memphis Tigers, 95-79, this past Wednesday. Tulsa had their way on the offensive end against the Tigers and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 48-31 lead at halftime. Tulsa shot 54.5% from the field and 45.0% from beyond the arc while holding Memphis to just 40.6% shooting form the field. Leading the way for the Golden Hurricane was DaQuan Jeffries who had 25 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals.

On the season, Tulsa is averaging 71.4 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Golden Hurricane are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tulsa has been led by DaQuan Jeffries (14.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.2 bpg), Martins Igbanu (11.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Sterling Taplin (10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.5 apg), and Jeriah Horne (9.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 apg).

Defensively, Tulsa is allowing their opponents to average 70.8 ppg on 4.8% shooting from the field. The Golden Hurricane have a rebound margin of -4.0 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

The Wichita State Shockers also snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 9-11 (2-6 AAC) on the season after defeating the SMU Mustangs, 85-83, this past Wednesday. In an exciting back and forth game down the stretch, Wichita State was bale to pull out the victory after Samajae Haynes-Jones made a difficult layup with just :01 second left in regulation. Wichita State shot 47.7% from the field and 47.6% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Shockers was Erick Stevenson who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Wichita State is averaging 69.1 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Shockers are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 31.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wichita State has been led by Markis McDuffie (18.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.0 spg), Samajae Haynes-Jones (12.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.8 apg), Jaime Echenique (8.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.5 bpg), and Erik Stevenson (7.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg).

Defensively, Wichita State is allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Shockers have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of -0.3.

The Golden Hurricane are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 5-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record. The Shockers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, however, just 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

Tulsa has lost 5 of their last 7 games and although their defense has been solid, ranking 164th in scoring defense & 54th defensive FG%, the offense has struggled a bit as they currently rank just 233rd in scoring offense. Wichita State has lost 7 of their last 9 games and have struggled on both sides of the ball this season as they currently rank 280th in scoring offense, 315th in FG%, and 186th in scoring defense.

Tulsa is just 3-6 AAC, however, there a better team than their record indicates as the Golden Hurricane as 5 of those losses have come to the hands of Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF. Wichita State is a solid 6-3 at home, however, this Shockers team just doesn’t have the talent we’ve see from former Wichita State teams as the Shockers can really struggle to find ways to score the basketball. Tulsa hasn’t been great on the road, however, I think the Golden Hurricane are the more talented team in this one and I think Tulsa will do enough to cover with the points. Good Luck!

Pick:
Tulsa Golden Hurricane +3

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