Houston at Wichita State: 2/18/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Wichita State Shockers (12-4) vs Houston Cougars (17-2)
Game Info: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Charles Koch Arena)
Betting Odds: Wichita State Shockers +8 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 6th ranked Houston Cougars will travel to Charles Koch Arena to take on the Wichita State Shockers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The 6th ranked Houston Cougars won their 2nd straight game and improved to 17-2 on the season after defeating the South Florida Bulls, 82-65, on February 10th. Houston led by a 43-35 margin at halftime and had no trouble pulling away for the victory after taking a 70-43 lead with 12:38 left in regulation. Houston shot 53.2% from the field and 32.0% from beyond the arc while South Florida shot 42.9% from the field and 35.3% from beyond the arc. Houston outrebounded South Florida by a 36-32 margin and won the turnover battle by a 15-8 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Quentin Grimes who had 29 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Houston is averaging 76.5 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Houston has been led by Quentin Grimes (16.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Marcus Sasser (15.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 spg), DeJon Jarreau (10.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg), & Justin Gorham (8.2 ppg, 10.1 rpg).
Defensively, Houston is holding their opponents to an average of 57.3 ppg on 36.5% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 10.1 and a turnover margin of 3.5.
The Wichita State Shockers won their 4th straight game and improved to 12-4 on the season after defeating the UCF Knights, 61-60, this past Wednesday. Wichita State led by a 36-30 margin at halftime and was able to hang on late after taking a 56-53 lead with 1:24 left in regulation. Wichita State shot 37.3% from the field and 41.2% from beyond the arc while UCF shot 40.0% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc. Wichita State was outrebounded by UCF by a 35-31 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 12-10 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Shockers was Dexter Dennis who had a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, & 2 blocks.
On the season, Wichita State is averaging 72.9 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Shockers are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 32.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wichita State has been led by Tyson Etienne (17.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 apg), Alterique Gilbert (10.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.5 spg), Morris Udeze (9.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg), Dexter Dennis (8.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg).
Defensively, Wichita State is allowing their opponents to average 68.3 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Shockers have a rebound margin of -1.0.
The Cougars are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Shockers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Houston is one of the best teams in the country, led by arguably the best defense in the country which ranks 2nd in scoring defense & 1st in defensive FG%, however, this is a team we have seen struggle at times on the road as they did in their losses at Tulane & East Carolina. Wichita State has struggled ATS as of late, however, this is a team that lost by just a 70-63 margin at Houston earlier this season and between the fact that I think their defense, which ranks 27th in defensive FG%, can give Houston trouble on their home court, I am taking Wichita State to cover with the points. Good Luck!