Wichita State vs Houston Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/2/23

Houston Cougars (27-2) vs Wichita State Shockers (15-13)

Game Info: Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Fertitta Center)

Betting Odds: Houston Cougars -18.5 -- Over/Under: 130 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Wichita State Shockers and Houston Cougars face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at the Hofheinz Pavilion. When these two teams faced off on February 2nd it was Houston that secured the 70-61 victory. 

Wichita State Betting Preview

Wichita State comes into this game with a 15-13 record overall and they have gone 14-13-1 against the spread. In the last game against Tulane, Wichita State scored 83 points and that was enough for the victory. Jaron Pierre Jr had a strong game finishing with 28 points. Wichita State is averaging 70.7 points while the defense is giving up 68.4 points per game. The offense is ranked 199th in the league while the defense is ranked 132nd. Jaykwon Walton is averaging 14 points while shooting 53.6 percent from the field. In this game the offense is going to need to be better.

Houston Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Houston who sits with a 27-2 record overall and they have gone 17-12 against the spread. In the last game against East Carolina, the defense was good giving up only 57 points and that led to the 19 point victory. Houston is averaging 76.1 points while their defense is giving up 55.9 points per game. The offense is ranked 25th in the league while the defense is ranked 1st. Marcus Sasser is averaging 17 points while shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from behind the three point line. 

Wichita State vs Houston Trends

Wichita State is 6-0-1 against the spread in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record. The over is 7-0 in the Shockers last seven road games. The over is 4-0 in the Shockers last four games on Thursday. 

Shane’s Free Pick

All the trends point towards the over and there is going to be no shortage of scoring in this game. Houston’s defense is still good but in the last game they gave up 61 points to Wichita State. The Shockers defense is going to struggle again here, and that will lead to the over cashing here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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