Wichita State Shockers at Kentucky Wildcats Free Pick - Betting Odds
The 10th seed Wichita State Shockers face the 2nd seed Kentucky Wildcats in a South Region 2nd round NCAA Tournament game that will take place at a neutral site at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana at 2:40 PM ET. The NCAA betting board lists Kentucky as a -4.5 point spread favorite over Wichita State with an over/under line offered at 151.5 down as many as two points from the opening line.
Wichita State is coming off a 64-58 win over Dayton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament where they failed to cover the spread as a 6.5-point favorite. The total number of points scored in the game was 112, which was well under the closing line of 144. The Shockers have failed to cover the spread in two of their last three games and in their last four games the total has gone under every time. Wichita State has won 16 straight games.
Kentucky is coming off a 79-70 win over Northern Kentucky in their last game where they failed to cover the spread as a 20-point favorite. The total number of points scored in the game was 149, which was under the closing line of 154. The Wildcats have failed to cover the spread in two of their last three games and in seven of their last eight games, including their last two, the total has gone under. Kentucky has won 12 straight games.
Offensively, Wichita State is putting up 81.5 points per game on a 47% FG average. On the defensive side of things the Shockers are allowing 62.3 points, which ranks 14th in the nation, on a 37.7% FG average, which ranks 4th in the nation.
Kentucky is putting up 85.9 points per game, which ranks 5th in the nation, on a 47.6% FG average. On defense the Wildcats are allowing 71.7 points per game on a 42.1% FG average.
These teams last met in the 2014 season where Kentucky beat Wichita State 78-76.
Wichita State Shockers at Kentucky Wildcats Betting Trends
- Wichita State is 7-2 against the spread in their last 9 games.
- The Shockers are 5-0 straight up in their last 5 games.
- The game total has gone under in 4 of Wichita State’s last 5 games.
- Kentucky is 6-13-1 against the spread in their last 20 games.
- The Jayhawks are 5-0 straight up in their last 5 games.
Public Money Consensus
In this NCAAB matchup between Wichita State and Kentucky have the public leaning to the Jayhawks minus the 4.5 points with 59%. The over/under bettors are almost split on the total line with just 51% supporting this game staying under 151.5.
Wichita State Shockers at Kentucky Jayhawks Prediction
One thing that stands out when looking at the Shockers statistics is that they can play defense. On the season they held the opposition to 14th in the nation ranked 62.5 points on 37.7 FG% shooting. Their defense travels well allowing 63 or fewer points per game in six of the eight games they played on a neutral court Kentucky has really stepped up their defense allowing 70 or fewer points in seven of their last eight games. The Wildcats have also been brilliant defensively on NC’s allowing 66.4 PPG.
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