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Wichita State vs SMU Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 22nd Betting Odds

Shockers vs Mustangs Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Wichita State Shockers at SMU Mustangs
  • Where: Dallas at Moody Coliseum
  • Date: Sunday, January 22nd
  • Betting Odds: Wichita State +1.5, WICHST +103 | SMU -127 O/U 133.5

Shockers Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs SMU, the Wichita State Shockers will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 9-9. So far, the Shockers have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 2-3. For the season, Wichita State has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 3-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Shockers being +1.5 point underdogs.

Craig Porter Jr comes into today’s game as the Shockers’ leading scorer at 12.18 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 12.38 points per game. Overall, he has hit 50.4% of his shots and is adding 5.88 boards per game.

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.

Mustangs Preview:

The SMU Mustangs head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 7-12. So far this season, SMU has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-6. The Mustangs’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, SMU has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 5-3.

SMU’s leading scorer this season is Zhuric Phelps, who is averaging 17.18 points per contest. So far, Phelps has accounted for 22.39% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.65 rebounds per game and 2.47 assists. Zach Nutall is the second leading scorer for the Mustangs, averaging 13.74 points per game. Between him and Nutall, they are accounting for 42.4% 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%.

Free Spread Prediction: SMU Mustangs -1.5

If you are eying this matchup between Wichita State Shockers and SMU Mustangs as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking SMU to cover the spread as -1.5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see SMU shooting well enough to keep the Shockers at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Mustangs’ to win the game and cover the spread.

 


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