Drake Bulldogs vs Wichita State Shockers Preview
Wichita State Shockers vs Drake Bulldogs Odds
The Drake Bulldogs will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Wichita State Shockers at Knapp Center on Wednesday in NCAA hoops play.
This season, the Bulldogs are 6-6 overall and 5-5 ATS ATS, while the Shockers are 12-1 and 6-4 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Drake boasts a 4-3-2 on the OU, and Wichita State is 4-5.
The Shockers were listed as 5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 178-ranked Bulldogs and the No. 23-rated Shockers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 81-71 win for the Shockers on Wednesday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Drake's No. 63 nationally ranked offense (74.6 points per game) against a Shockers defense that sits as the No. 22 at 57.2 PPG. The Bulldogs have been averaging 45.4% from the field, more than the Shockers have managed so far this season (45.1% on average).
Defensively, Wichita State features the nation's No. 52-rated defense on the road, allowing 63 points per game. Drake, meanwhile, comes in at No. 92 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Wichita State was a 66-41 winner at home against Northern Iowa. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites. The Shockers blew out Northern Iowa on Sunday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 66-41 win at Charles Koch Arena.
Last time out for Drake, they were a 67-57 loser as they battled Bradley on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. Drake got 13 points from Ben Simons but lost anyway, 67-57, to Bradley on Saturday at Carver Arena.
Wichita State Shockers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Bradley are 6-4
After playing Northern Iowa are 5-5
After a win are 9-1
Drake Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Missouri State are 5-5
After playing Bradley are 2-8
After a loss are 8-2
A few Shockers at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Wichita State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wichita State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Drake
Wichita State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Drake
Drake is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Wichita State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Drake's last 5 games when playing Wichita State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Drake's last 5 games when playing at home against Wichita State
Drake is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
Wichita State at Bradley, Sunday, January 6
Drake home to Missouri State, Saturday, January 5