NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Golden Eagles underdogs vs Shockers at Wichita State
Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs Wichita State Shockers Odds
Wichita State looks to cover the Shockers-Golden Eagles pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 10-1 mark when they host Southern Miss in college basketball wagering action.
The Shockers are 10-1 so far on the season, and 5-3 ATS vs. the number. The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, are 8-3 and 6-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Wichita State go 4-3 and the Golden Eagles go 1-5 on the totals.
The Shockers were listed as 11.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Shockers - Golden Eagles odds would favor the Shockers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Wichita State is rated No. 28 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Southern Miss is at No. 103. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 76-71 win for the Shockers.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Wichita State's No. 114-ranked offense, averaging 71.4 PPG, against a Golden Eagles defense that ranks No. 51 at 59.3 PPG. The Shockers field goal percentage has averaged 45.6% so far, almost the same as the Golden Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.6% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Southern Miss owns the country's No. 41-rated mark, allowing 61.1 points per game on the highway. Wichita State, on the other hand, rates No. 129 in scoring at home.
Southern Miss won its last outing, a 69-67 result against Georgia State on December 18. They failed to cover in that game as a 4-point favorite. Jerrold Brooks scored 23 points leading the Golden Eagles to a 69-67 victory over Georgia State at GSU Sports Arena on Tuesday.
Wichita State won its last outing, a 65-53 result against Charleston Southern on December 20. Cleanthony Early scored 20 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, leading Wichita State over Charleston Southern, 65-53, on Thursday at Charles Koch Arena.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Georgia State are 1-0
After a win are 7-3
Wichita State Shockers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Northern Iowa are 7-3
After playing Charleston Southern are 1-0
After a win are 8-2
A few Golden Eagles at Shockers trends to consider:
Southern Miss is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Southern Miss is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Wichita State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
Southern Miss at Morehead State, Friday, December 28
Wichita State home to Northern Iowa, Sunday, December 30