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Wichita State Shockers vs Houston Cougars 3/2/2023 Free Picks, Previews and Forecast

Wichita State Shockers vs Houston Cougars 3/2/2023 Free Picks, Previews and Forecast

The Wichita State Shockers will meet with the 1 Houston Cougars at Fertitta Center on Thursday, March 02, 2023, at 7:00 PM EST. Wichita State enters the game with a 15-13 win-loss record for the year. They score 70.7 points on average per game (202nd in Division 1) and shoot 44.3% from the field. The Shockers shot 71.9% from the charity stripe and 30.0% from distance (184 of 614) on their shots. Wichita State averages 36.5 rebounds per game and 356 assists overall this season, which ranks 279th in the country in terms of ball movement.

They are up against one of the top defenses in the nation, Houston, which is ranked fifth in adjusted efficiency. Jaykwon Walton, a junior guard, leads Wichita State in scoring with 14.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Porter Jr. (12.9), Pierre Jr. (10.4), and James Rojas (10.2) also score in the double digits. 

  • The total went OVER in 6 of Wichita State’s previous 6 matches. 
  • The Wichita State Shockers are 4-2 SU in their previous 6 meetings. 
  • The Shockers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 contests against the Cougars.

Wichita State Shockers vs Houston Cougars 3/2/2023 Free Picks, Previews and Forecast

Houston posted a 27-2 record thus far this season. The Cougars average 16.1 fouls per game and make 71.6% of their free throw attempts. They receive assists 15.0 times per game, which ranks 55th in the country and turn the ball over 9.7 times per game, which results in possession losses. The season total for Houston is 2,207 points (76.1 points per game), and they pull down 39.2 rebounds per game. 

They rank 40th in terms of effective field goal % (53.7), 17th in terms of turnover rate, and 4th in terms of offensive rebounding rate. The Wichita State defense, which ranks No. 249 in turnover rate and No. 187 in rebounding, will face a difficult test in this game. Guard Marcus Sasser leads the team with 17.0 points, 3.3 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per contest. He is accompanied by Jarace Walker (11.1), J’Wan Roberts (10.9), and Tramon Mark in the double digits (10.0). 

  • The Houston Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their previous 7 games in March. 
  • Houston is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 contests on a Thursday. 
  • The total went UNDER in 13 of the team’s last 20 matchups on a Thursday when at home.

Wichita State Shockers vs 1 Houston Cougars. The NCAAB pick for this game is the Houston Cougars. Hold on to Houston. It’s generally best not to tamper with the line because it’s a little thick. The Cougars rediscovered their groove during this nine-game winning streak, scoring 70 or more points in every game. The previous meeting between these clubs took place on February 2 at Charles Koch Arena, where Houston didn’t encounter many issues beyond the first half. The Cougars won 70-61 thanks to a 40-32 second-half advantage. Wichita State is now 3-1, and they scored 78 points or more in each of their last four games. They won’t be able to hold Houston off for too long at home. The Houston Cougars will win by a predicted score of 75-56

NCAAB Starting Time: 7:00 PM (EDT)

Location: Fertitta Center 

Date: Thursday, March 02, 2023


NCAAB Odds: Houston Cougars -17.5

NCAAB Totals: 131.5

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