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Wichita State Is Good But Not Good Enough To Cover

Wichita State’s first season in the AAC has been a success on the court but bettors are all too familiar with their shortcomings covering. The Shockers are 5-1 SU in their last six games but have covered just once in that span. Wichita State has posted an average scoring margin of +6.5 during their last six games but has faced an average closing spread of -14.5. The Shockers will once again be a heavy favorite when they host the Houston Cougars Thursday.

SHARK BITES
  • Wichita State is 65-1 SU in the last 5 seasons at home.
  • Houston is 7-22 SU in its last 29 games on the road against teams with winning records.
  • Wichita State is 0-4 ATS in its last 4 games as favorite.

Landry Shamet and company are rolling offensively this season, as the program ranks in the top 30 in the nation in points, rebounds and assists. Depth is a big reason why with eight Shockers averaging 5.9 points or more. However, Shamet is clearly the leader of the squad with the sophomore averaging 17.0 points and 4.7 assists while shooting 53% from deep.

The health of Breaon Brady will have a big impact in this outing, as the Houston forward is a game-time decision after suffering an ankle injury in the most recent outing. Without his size, the Cougars could struggle to win rebound battles against a board dominant team like Wichita State. If Brady can’t go, expect an even bigger role for Rob Gray – the senior guard who averages a team-high 19.0 ppg.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NCAA basketball betting line for this matchup, Wichita State sat as -9-point favorites over at MyBookie. Also, check out the current over/under betting total for points scored, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline

Houston Cougars vs Wichita State Shockers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Cougars will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Thursday; they are 6-4 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Wichita State Shockers are 4-7 ATS. Houston Cougars are 4-6 on betting the total; Wichita State Shockers are 5-6.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Wichita State Shockers at No. 61 and the Houston Cougars at No. 30 heading into this college basketball betting matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Wichita State's No. 25 nationally ranked offense (84.69 points per game) against a Houston Cougars defense that sits as the No. 55 at 66.64 PPG. The Wichita State Shockers have been averaging 48.26% from the field, more than the Cougars have managed so far this season (48.17% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Cougars got 21 points from Breaon Brady as Houston ran past Temple 76-73 on Saturday at Health and PE Arena.

Wichita State got 16 points from Landry Shamet en route to a 72-62 victory over Connecticut on Saturday at XL Center.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
  • Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games on the road
  • Wichita State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Wichita State is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
  • Wichita State is 19-1 SU in its last 20 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston home to Tulsa, Thursday, January 11th
Wichita State at South Florida, Sunday, January 7th

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