Houston vs. Wichita State Prediction: Picks & Betting Odds – Thursday, March 2, 2023
The Wichita State Shockers (15-13, 8-8 AAC) are heavy underdogs (+16.5) as they try to continue a five-game road win streak when they square off against the No. 1 Houston Cougars (27-2, 15-1 AAC) on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Fertitta Center. The matchup airs at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN2. The matchup has an over/under of 135.
Houston vs. Wichita State Odds
- Houston odds to win: -2119
- Wichita State odds to win: +1075
- Spread: Houston (-16.5)
- Total: 135
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
- Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN2
- Where: Houston, Texas
- Venue: Fertitta Center
Who Will Win Houston vs. Wichita State?
Houston and Wichita State Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
Houston has a 10-5 record against the spread when favored by 16.5 points or more this season.
These two teams average a combined 146.8 points per game, 11.8 more points than the over/under of 135 set for this game.
Opponents of these two teams have averaged a combined 124.3 points per game, 10.7 fewer than the point total in this matchup.
Houston’s average point total in outings this year is 132, three points less than the total in this game.
The average total for Shockers games this year is 4.1 more points than the point total of 135 in this outing.
The Cougars have gone 17-12-0 ATS this season.
The Shockers’ ATS record is 13-13-2 this year.
Houston Stats & Insights
Houston outscores opponents by 20.2 points per game (scoring 76.1 per game to rank 74th in college basketball while giving up 55.9 per outing to rank first in college basketball) and has a +586 scoring differential overall.
Houston grabs 36.4 rebounds per game (11th in college basketball) while allowing 26.8 per outing to its opponents. It outrebounds opponents by 9.6 boards per game.
The Cougars knock down 7.9 three-pointers per game (120th in college basketball) at a 35.1% rate (138th in college basketball), compared to the 6.4 per game their opponents make at a 27.5% rate.
Houston’s 102.6 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 10th in college basketball, and the 75.4 points it allows per 100 possessions rank second in college basketball.
At home, the Cougars are scoring 0.4 more points per game (76.9) than they are away from home (76.5).
Wichita State Stats & Insights
Wichita State is outscoring opponents by 2.3 points per game, with a +66 scoring differential overall. It puts up 70.7 points per game (202nd in college basketball) and allows 68.4 per contest (131st in college basketball).
Wichita State averages 33.6 rebounds per game (76th in college basketball) while conceding 31.9 per outing to opponents. It outrebounds opponents by 1.7 boards per game.
Wichita State knocks down 1.6 fewer threes per contest than the opposition, 6.6 (265th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 8.2.
Wichita State’s 91.5 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 236th in college basketball, and the 88.5 points it concedes per 100 possessions rank 104th in college basketball.
At home the Shockers are putting up 72.4 points per game, 2.1 more than they are averaging away (70.3).
Houston Key Players to Watch
Marcus Sasser leads the Cougars in scoring, tallying 17 points per game to go with 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
J’wan Roberts leads Houston in rebounding, averaging 7.4 per game, while Jamal Shead leads the team in assists, distributing an average of 5.5 in each contest.
The Cougars get the most three-point shooting production out of Sasser, who knocks down 2.7 threes per game.
The Houston steals leader is Shead, who averages 1.7 takeaways per game, while its blocks leader is Ja’Vier Francis, who compiles 1.3 rejections per contest.
Wichita State Key Players to Watch
Craig Porter Jr. racks up 6.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, placing him at the top of the Shockers’ rebound and assists leaderboards.
Wichita State’s Jaykwon Walton puts up 14 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, making him the top scorer on the squad.
Jaron Pierre Jr. is reliable from three-point range and leads the Shockers with 1.6 made threes per game.
Porter’s steals (1.4 steals per game) and blocks (1.5 blocks per game) pace Wichita State on defense.
Houston vs. Wichita State Prediction
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Houston 77, Wichita State 59
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