Purple Aces open as college hoops underdog vs Shockers
Evansville Purple Aces vs Wichita State Shockers Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Evansville Purple Aces travelling to Wichita State Wednesday to take on the Shockers.
This season, the Shockers are 24-5 overall and 15-10-1 ATS ATS, while the Purple Aces are 16-13 and 15-10-1 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Wichita State boasts a 11-14 on the OU, and Evansville is 12-9-1.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Wichita State sat as 11-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Shockers - Purple Aces odds would favor the Shockers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Wichita State is rated No. 24 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Evansville is at No. 178. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 76-69 win for the Shockers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Wichita State's No. 115 nationally ranked offense (69.9 points per game) against a Purple Aces defense that sits as the No. 140 at 65.2 PPG. The Shockers have been averaging 44.7% from the field, more than the Purple Aces have managed so far this season (43.5% on average).
Defensively, Evansville features the nation's No. 151-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.5 points per game. Wichita State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 116 nationally in scoring at home.
Evansville was a 70-58 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Wright State. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Colt Ryan scored 21 points leading the Purple Aces to a 70-58 victory over Wright State at Nutter Center on Saturday.
Wichita State was a 94-79 winner in its last match at home against Detroit. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Shockers got 20 points from Malcolm Armstead as Wichita State ran past Detroit 94-79 on Saturday at Charles Koch Arena.
Evansville Purple Aces Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Indiana State are 2-8
After a win are 5-5
Wichita State Shockers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Creighton are 7-3
After a win are 8-2
A few Purple Aces at Shockers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Evansville's last 5 games when playing on the road against Wichita State
Evansville is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Evansville is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Evansville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Wichita State
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Evansville
Wichita State is 16-1 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wichita State's last 6 games when playing Evansville
Evansville home to Indiana State, Saturday, March 2
Wichita State at Creighton, Saturday, March 2