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Wichita State vs Memphis Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds

Shockers vs Tigers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Wichita State Shockers at Memphis Tigers
  • Where: Memphis at FedExForum
  • Date: Thursday, January 19th
  • Betting Odds: Wichita State +10, WICHST +400 | MPHS -558 O/U 139.0

Shockers Preview:

The Wichita State Shockers will be looking to pick up their 18th win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. On the road, the Shockers will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 2-2. So far, the Shockers have been the underdog 8 times, going 3-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +10 underdogs on the spread.

Craig Porter Jr comes into today’s game as the Shockers’ leading scorer at 12.25 points per contest. Not only has Jr been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Wichita State’s top rebounder at 5.94 boards per contest. Behind Jr, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jaykwon Walton, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game. Overall, he has hit 49.3% of his shots and is adding 6.13 boards per game.

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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.

Tigers Preview:

The Memphis Tigers head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 13-5. So far this season, Memphis has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 11-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Tigers as the -10 point favorites. The Tigers have been favored 14 times, going 12-2 straight up.

Memphis will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kendric Davis who is averaging 21.22 points per game for the Tigers. Davis is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Tigers’ offensive game plan is the play of DeAndre Williams who has hit 52.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.67 points per game.

So far this season, Memphis has put together a strong scoring offense at 75.4 points per game (74th). This strong figure has come despite the Tigers playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 35.9% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Memphis’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 47.1%

Free Spread Prediction: Wichita State Shockers +10

The Memphis Tigers will start their matchup against Wichita State Shockers as the strong favorites to pick up the win with a point spread of -10. We like Memphis’ chances to pull home with an easy win and cover the spread. When considering how each team likes to play, both Memphis and Wichita State are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario works in Memphis’ favor, as their superior talent should come through throughout the game in an easy win. Although the Tigers don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 0-5 (last 5), we like their chances to come home with the ATS win.

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