Wichita State vs. Tulsa AAC Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 9, 2023
The No. 6 seed Wichita State Shockers (16-14, 9-9 AAC) are favored by 15.5 points in their AAC Tournament matchup against the No. 11 seed Tulsa Golden Hurricane (5-24, 1-17 AAC) on Thursday at Dickies Arena, beginning at 7:00 PM on ESPNU. The winner will move one step closer to earning an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The point total in the matchup is 137.5.
Wichita State vs. Tulsa Odds
- Wichita State odds to win: -1675
- Tulsa odds to win: +920
- Spread: Wichita State (-15.5)
- Total: 137.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
- Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPNU
- Where: Fort Worth, Texas
- Venue: Dickies Arena
Who Will Win Wichita State vs. Tulsa?
Wichita State and Tulsa Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
In games it has played as at least 15.5-point favorites this season, Wichita State is 1-2 against the spread.
Tulsa has not yet covered the spread as an underdog of 15.5 points or more this season (0-3).
The Shockers and the Golden Hurricane combine to average 1.6 fewer points per game than the total of 137.5 set for this game.
Opponents of the two teams average a combined eight more points per game (145.5) than this game’s total of 137.5 points.
Wichita State’s average point total in outings this season is 138.7, 1.2 points higher than the total in this game.
Golden Hurricane games this season have averaged a total of 142.7 points, 5.2 more than the point total in this matchup.
The Shockers have gone 14-13-3 ATS this season.
The Golden Hurricane have a 5-22-2 record against the spread this season.
Wichita State Stats & Insights
Wichita State’s +69 scoring differential (outscoring opponents by 2.3 points per game) is a result of scoring 70.5 points per game (202nd in college basketball) while giving up 68.2 per contest (123rd in college basketball).
Wichita State wins the rebound battle by 1.8 boards on average. It collects 33.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 88th in college basketball, while its opponents grab 31.5 per outing.
The Shockers knock down 6.6 three-pointers per game (269th in college basketball) while shooting 30.5% from beyond the arc (342nd in college basketball). They are making 1.6 fewer threes per outing than their opponents, who drain 8.2 per game while shooting 33.4%.
Wichita State puts up 91.6 points per 100 possessions (237th in college basketball), while giving up 88.7 points per 100 possessions (102nd in college basketball).
Offensively, the Shockers have performed better at home this season, posting 72.2 points per game, compared to 69.9 per game in road games.
Tulsa Stats & Insights
Tulsa is being outscored by 11.9 points per game, with a -346 scoring differential overall. It puts up 65.4 points per game (326th in college basketball), and gives up 77.3 per outing (345th in college basketball).
Tulsa ranks 310th in the country at 29.1 rebounds per game. That’s 6.9 fewer than the 36 its opponents average.
Tulsa hits 7.6 three-pointers per game (156th in college basketball) at a 31.1% rate (329th in college basketball), compared to the 7.6 its opponents make, shooting 31.3% from deep.
Tulsa’s 84 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 354th in college basketball, and the 99.3 points it concedes per 100 possessions rank 349th in college basketball.
At home, the Golden Hurricane average 68.5 points per game. On the road, they average 60.6.
Wichita State Key Players to Watch
Craig Porter Jr. leads the Shockers in rebounds and assists. Porter averages 13.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game.
Jaykwon Walton leads Wichita State in scoring, averaging 14 per game to go with 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
Jaron Pierre Jr. leads the Shockers in three-point shooting, making an average of 1.6 shots per game from beyond the arc.
Porter is Wichita State’s leader in steals and blocks, racking up 1.5 steals and 1.6 blocks per game.
Tulsa Key Players to Watch
Sam Griffin averages 15.2 points per game and is the top scorer for the Golden Hurricane.
Tulsa’s leader in rebounds is Bryant Selebangue with 9.3 per game, and its leader in assists is Anthony Pritchard with 4.1 per game.
Griffin knocks down 2.4 three-pointers per game, the most on the Golden Hurricane.
Tulsa’s leader in steals is Pritchard (1.4 per game), and its leader in blocks is Selebangue (0.5 per game).
Wichita State vs. Tulsa Prediction
- Pick ATS:
- Pick OU:
Wichita State 77, Tulsa 64
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