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NIT SemiFinal Betting Preview

The Wichita State Shockers meet up with the Washington State Cougars at Madison Square Gardens Tuesday night in the NIT semifinals.

The Shockers got into the semis by defeating College of Charleston 82-75 as an 8.5-point favorite, while the Cougars knocked off Northwestern 69-66 as a 4-point chalk. Bettors have been backing Wichita State, with the NIT point spread moving from -1.5 to -2.5 at many shops such as betED this week.

View Wichita State vs Washington State Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Cougars, most recently No. 61 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Shockers, who rate No. 22 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 80-76 victory for the Shockers.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Washington State's No. 178-rated squad against Wichita State's No. 64-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Washington State rates No. 89 in the country with 7.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 84 nationally with 7.1 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Wichita State owns the country's No. 31-rated mark, allowing 64.3 points per game on the highway. Washington State, on the other hand, rates No. 67 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Wichita State was an 82-75 winner at home against College of Charleston. They failed to cover the 8.5–point spread as favorites. Gabe Blair scored 16 points leading the Shockers to an 82-75 victory over College of Charleston at Charles Koch Arena on Wednesday.

Washington State won its last outing, a 69-66 result against Northwestern on March 23. They failed to cover in that game as a 4-point favorite. Washington State got 17 points from Klay Thompson en route to a 69-66 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday at Friel Court.

Wichita State Shockers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

Washington State Cougars Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
After playing Northwestern are 0-1
After a win are 4-6

A few Shockers at Cougars trends to consider:
Washington State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games