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SMU vs Wichita State Pick & Preview: Sunday, February 12th Betting Odds
Mustangs vs Shockers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: SMU Mustangs at Wichita State Shockers
- Where: Wichita at Charles Koch Arena
- Date: Sunday, February 12th
- Betting Odds: SMU +6.5, SMU +227 | WICHST -292 O/U 136.5
The SMU Mustangs head into today’s game in what will be their 26th game of the season, posting a record of 9-16. So far, the Mustangs have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 2-9. For the season, SMU has been the underdog in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 3-11. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Mustangs being +6.5 point underdogs.
SMU’s leading scorer this season is Zhuric Phelps, who is averaging 17.0 points per contest. So far, Phelps has accounted for 22.54% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.74 rebounds per game and 2.78 assists. Zach Nutall is the second leading scorer for the Mustangs, averaging 13.48 points per game. Between him and Nutall, they are accounting for 42.0% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, SMU comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 446th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Mustangs’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. So far, 42.57% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 36.3%.
Heading into today’s matchup vs SMU, the Wichita State Shockers will be taking the floor for the 25th time this season and have an overall record of 12-12. Currently, the Shockers have been the home team 16 times, sitting with a record of 7-9. The Shockers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -6.5 points in their favor. For the season, Wichita State has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 8-5.
Wichita State’s leading scorer this season is Jaykwon Walton, who is averaging 13.86 points per contest. So far, Walton has accounted for 18.5% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.45 rebounds per game and 1.73 assists. Craig Porter Jr is the second leading scorer for the Shockers, averaging 12.39 points per game. Between him and Jr, they are accounting for 35.8% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Wichita State this season, as they are currently ranked 288th in college basketball at 68.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Shockers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.1%, placing them 414th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Wichita State Shockers -6.5
Heading into this matchup, with the Wichita State Shockers sitting as -6.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Wichita State and SMU are averaging 7.79 and 8.77 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Wichita State has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 7-1-2 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Shockers to cover at -6.5.