Sweet 16 Betting: WSU vs. La Salle
No. 9 Wichita State knocked off No. 1 Gonzaga to make it to the Sweet 16 on Thursday, and they'll be taking on another low seed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles - No. 13 La Salle.
The Shockers beat the Bulldogs 76-70 in the Round of 32 over the weekend, with Gonzaga listed as the 6.5-point favorite on the NCAA Tournament betting lines for the contest. La Salle got past No. 12 Mississippi 76-74 on Sunday night as a 4-point underdog.
Supporters of the Explorers have watched them go 24-9 and 16-13 ATS on the year, while the Shockers are at 28-8 and 18-14-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Shockers are 16-16, while the Explorers have a 13-14-1 mark.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Shockers - Explorers odds would favor the Shockers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Wichita State is rated No. 27 in the current Odds Shark poll, while La Salle is at No. 108. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 76-74 win for the Shockers.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Explorers rank No. 306 in NCAA Division 1 with 31.3 per game. That compares with Wichita State’s No. 30 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Wichita State is college basketball's No. 118-ranked team at 6.7 per game, while the Explorers rate No. 42 with 7.7 per game.
Defensively, La Salle features the nation's No. 116-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.2 points per game. Wichita State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 140 nationally in scoring at home.
La Salle won its last outing, a 76-74 result against Mississippi on March 24. They covered in that game as a 3.5-point underdog. The Explorers grabbed a 76-74 win over the Rebels on Sunday, behind a 24-point effort from Ramon Galloway at Sprint Center.
Wichita State won its last outing, a 76-70 result against Gonzaga on March 23. They covered in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. The Shockers got 16 points from Ron Baker as Wichita State ran past Gonzaga 76-70 on Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena.
A few Explorers at Shockers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wichita State's last 6 games
Wichita State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games