Wichita State Shockers (2-0) vs Davidson Wildcats (1-0)Date : 11/15/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : John M. Belk Arena, Davidson, North Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Wichita State Shockers vs Davidson Wildcats
The Wichita State Shockers will travel to John M. Belk Arena in Davidson, North Carolina, to face the Davidson Wildcats on Thursday night at 7 pm EST. Davidson picked up their second straight win to begin the season by whipping up on the Dartmouth Big Green in their last matchup on November 9th as they outscored Dartmouth 46-36 in the second half to erase a seven point lead for the Big Green at the half.
The Shockers evened their record at 1-1 as the picked up an 83-80 win on the road versus the Providence Frias as Markis McDuffie led the team with 32 points while connecting on six of nine field goals for the night. And while both teams have had problems on the defensive side this year, they will seek to shore up these vulnerabilities versus offenses that have not performed up to expectations thus far in the season.
Wichita State Shockers's Latest Performance :
Davidson picked up two quality wins to begin the season as their last outing entailed them edging Dartmouth at home as the Big Green nailed 15 three pointers to keep the game close. Nonetheless, the Wildcats also shot well from the field and would end up pulling out a slim victory to go 2-0 on the season. Jon Axel Gudmundsson along with Kellan Grady had 24 and 23 points, respectively, for the Wildcats as Grady leads the team in scoring for the year with 24 points per game while Gudmundsson leads the team in assists (5 per game) along with rebounds (7,5).
They will certainly need them to be on their A game to perform consistently versus a Shockers team that also has a star talent in McDuffie that will look to lead his team to yet another victory on Thursday.
Davidson Wildcats's Latest Performance :
After the Wichita Sate Shockers suffered what was a shocking loss to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at home in their opener, they rebounded to pick up a victory over the Providence Fryers in a neutral site matchup on November 9th. Markus McDuffie pumped in 32 points for the night as his team ended the contest shooting 50% or better from the floor along with from three-point range. Their defense was lackluster, at times, as they allowed the Friars to shoot 46% from the field along with nail 11 of 19 attempts from long range.
Nonetheless, McDuffie leads this Shocker team in scoring with 20 per night in what should be a solid year for the Shockers as they shooting 50% from the field as a team for the season. McDuffie will need to provide a spark versus a Davidson team that is allowing teams to shoot 46% for the year from the floor.
How Wichita State Shockers & Davidson Wildcats Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Wichita State is 1-1 ATS while the OU is 1-1
Davidson is 1-1 ATs while the OU is 1-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be an interesting game in that the Wildcats will be looking to remain undefeated on the season while the Shockers will look to continue their momentum from their first win of the season versus Providence. This will certainly be an up and down affair as both defenses have struggled early. On the other hand, both offenses will look to take advantage of this as they each need a great night on offense in which to build confidence.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Davidson Wildcats
My reason for the pick :
I trust Davidson on the road after only two games much more than I trust the Shockers at home after their dismal loss to the Bulldogs in their last outing. As stated, Davidson, aside from their defense being a bit too giving at times, have performed well so far in the season. With that being said, expect them to have yet another solid outing versus the Wichita State team that is allowing opponents to shoot well from the field due to their inability to make consistent stops within their perimeter defense.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest as I expect the Wildcats, averaging 81 per game, will be matching up versus an inconsistent group in the Shockers that really need to become more cohesive on the defensive end, altogether. In all, the over will certainly be the strong play in this matchup as the Wildcats have also not performed up to par on the defensive end.
Betting trends for Wichita State Shockers:
- The Shockers are 1-8 ATS in last nine games
- The Over is 7-3 in Shockers last ten games
Betting trends for Davidson Wildcats:
- The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in last seven games
- The Over is 5-3 in Wildcats last eight games