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Wichita State vs South Florida Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 8th Betting Odds

Shockers vs Bulls Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Wichita State Shockers at South Florida Bulls
  • Where: Tampa at Yuengling Center
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds: Wichita State +1.5, WICHST +102 | SFL -126 O/U 127.5

Shockers Preview:

Wichita State will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs South Florida in order to snap their current 3 game losing streak. On the road, the Shockers will be playing their 3rd game of the season, having gone 1-2. So far, the Shockers have been the underdog 7 times, going 2-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.

Wichita State’s leading scorer this season is Craig Porter Jr, who is averaging 12.43 points per contest. So far, Jr has accounted for 17.98% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.79 rebounds per game and 3.57 assists. Jaykwon Walton is the second leading scorer for the Shockers, averaging 11.71 points per game. Between him and Walton, they are accounting for 34.9% of the team’s scoring.

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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.

Bulls Preview:

South Florida will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Wichita State in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. Currently, the Bulls have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 5-6. The Bulls’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, South Florida has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 6-4.

South Florida will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tyler Harris who is averaging 15.2 points per game for the Bulls. Harris 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 Bulls’ offensive game plan is the play of Selton Miguel who has hit 42.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.57 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for South Florida this season, as they are currently ranked 491st in college basketball at 57.5 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 Bulls’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 25.2%, placing them 560th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Wichita State Shockers +1.5

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have South Florida as the favorites with a line coming in at -1.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Wichita State Shockers to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with South Florida at 4.61 made 3’s per game compared to Wichita State at 7.79. Look for Wichita State to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Bulls.

 


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