Wichita State vs Cal Poly Betting Pick
The Wichita State Shockers will try to keep their undefeated run intact on Friday night as they take on No. 16 seed Cal Poly in Midwest Region betting action at the NCAA tournament.
Wichita State is favored by 16 points according to BetOnline which makes them the No. 1 seed favored by the fewest points (the others are favored by 20 or more points).
Cal Poly knocked off Texas Southern 81-69 in the First Four on Wednesday to get the No. 16 seed in the Midwest, with Chris Eversley scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Dave Nwaba added 17 points in that victory for the Tigers.
Wichita State is on a 17-4 ATS run past 21 games and has been favored by 12 or more points past eight games - they covered every spread. WSU is also on a 14-3 ATS streak the past 17 games as double-digit chalk. The Shockers are 7-2 ATS in tournament games since 2006.
Odds Shark computer pick - 75.4-60.8 Shockers
This season, the Shockers are 34-0 overall and 24-6-1 ATS, while the Mustangs are 13-19 and 11-19-1 ATS. As for the totals, Wichita State boasts a 16-14 on the OU, and Cal Poly is 15-15-1.
The Shockers sit at No. 4 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Mustangs sit at No. 81 on the same chart.
Cal Poly was an 81-69 winner in its last match on the road against Texas Southern. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The Mustangs grabbed an 81-69 win over the Tigers on Wednesday, behind a 19-point effort from Chris Eversley at University of Dayton Arena.
Wichita State was an 83-69 winner in their most recent outing at home against Indiana State. They covered the 12.5-point spread as favorites. The Shockers grabbed an 83-69 win over the Sycamores on Sunday, behind a 22-point effort from Fred VanVleet at Scottrade Center.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Wichita State has the nation's No. 46-rated offensive output, at 75.47 PPG. The visiting Mustangs defense ranks No. 31 allowing on average 63.61 PPG. The Shockers FG% has averaged 45.93% so far, more than the Mustangs marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.41% per game.
A few Mustangs at Shockers trends to consider:
Cal Poly is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Cal Poly is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games
Cal Poly is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cal Poly's last 10 games
Wichita State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games