Wichita State at Houston 1/8/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
Houston Cougars (13-2) vs Wichita State Shockers (9-4)
Game Info: Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 12:00 pm (Fertitta Center)
Betting Odds: Houston Cougars -12.5 -- Over/Under: 134 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Wichita State faces Houston on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at the Fertitta Center for a college basketball AAC matchup.
Wichita State is coming off an 82-64 loss to Memphis in its last game on January 1st at home. Wichita State has now lost two of its last three games and is 9-4 on the year. Wichita State is also 0-1 in AAC play after its loss to Memphis. Wichita State's leading scorer so far this season has been G Tyson Etienne, who has scored 14.9 points per game for the Shockers. F Morris Udeze leads the team in rebounds per game (5.7) and G Craig Porter Jr. leads the team in assists per game (2.9). Wichita State as a team has scored 68.6 points per game and has shot the ball at a 40.2% clip from the field. Wichita State has also allowed 63.3 points per game to its opponents this season.
Houston is coming off an 83-66 win over South Florida in its last game on January 5th on the road. Houston has now won five games in a row and has managed to get off to a 2-0 start in conference play with a 13-2 record overall. The 12th ranked Cougars learned earlier this week that they will be without their leading scorer in Marcus Sasser (17.7) for the rest of the season with an injury. Houston's second-leading scorer is Kyler Edwards, who scores 12.6 points per game. F J'Wan Roberts leads the team in rebounds per game (6.5) and G Jamal Shead leads the team in assists per game (5.6). Houston as a team has scored 78.7 points per game and has shot the ball at a 47.5% clip from the field. Houston has also allowed 57.0 points per game to its opponents this season.
Houston is a 12.5-point favorite and the total is set at 134. I think Houston wins this game at home, but Wichita State's defense should be able to keep this one competitive. Tyson Etienne has not had the best season shooting the ball this year, but I do expect him to be sharper down the stretch in AAC play. I think Wichita State covers here.
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