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Evansville Purple Aces face Wichita State Shockers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Evansville Purple AcesWichita State Shockers
10-12February 01, 2014, 03:00 | Charles Koch Arena22-0

The Wichita State Shockers will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Evansville Purple Aces at Charles Koch Arena in NCAA basketball action.

The Purple Aces will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 8-8-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Shockers are 14-4-1 ATS. Evansville is 8-8 on the totals; Wichita State is 8-11.

View Evansville Purple Aces vs Wichita State Shockers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Shockers as -20-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

This game matches up the No. 4 (Shockers) and the No. 314 (Purple Aces) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for Evansville, they were a 95-81 loser as they battled Northern Iowa on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 11.5-point underdog. D.J. Balentine was dynamite, scoring 43 points and adding 1 rebound but Northern Iowa still won, 95-81, over Evansville on Wednesday at McLeod Center.

Last time out for Wichita State, they were a 57-45 winner as they battled Loyola of Chicago at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 20.5-point favorite. Cleanthony Early scored 23 points leading the Shockers to a 57-45 victory over Loyola of Chicago at Charles Koch Arena on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Wichita State's No. 90-ranked offense, averaging 74.45 PPG, against a Purple Aces defense that ranks No. 185 at 72.27 PPG. The Shockers field goal percentage has averaged 44.46% so far, less than the Purple Aces marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.72% per game.

A few Purple Aces at Shockers trends to consider:
Evansville is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Evansville is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games
Evansville is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Evansville is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Wichita State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wichita State's last 5 games
Wichita State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Evansville home to Missouri State, Wednesday, February 5th
Wichita State at Indiana State, Wednesday, February 5th