Wichita State Shockers (7-5) vs MemphisTigers (8-5)Date : 01/03/2019
Time : 9:30 am EST
Location : FedEx Forum, Nashville, Tennessee
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Wichita State Shockers vs MemphisTigers
The Wichita State Shockers will travel to FedEx Forum in Nashville, Tennessee, to battle the Memphis Tigers on Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Memphis enters this matchup winners of five of their last six games, overall, while winning three straight games as they picked up a victory over the Florida A&M Rattlers in their last outing as the Tigers took a nine-point lead at the half yet blew the game open in the second as they were able to outscore the Rattlers by 8 57 – 35 margin as they were led by Jeremiah Martin with 22 points as he also went 4-5 from three-point range in the victory.
On the other hand, Wichita State halted a three-game winning streak as they fell hard to the Virginia Commonwealth Rams on the road in their last outing due to terrible shooting, offensively, along with allowing an offensively challenged team for the Rams to shoot 50% from the floor throughout the contest en route to the huge defeat.
Wichita State Shockers's Latest Performance :
For the year, Wichita State is only averaging 70 points per game on 40% shooting from the floor. And while they have won three of their last four games, overall, they have failed to reach the 70-point mark in three of these outings. On the other hand, their defense has allowed opponents to average 67 points during this time. With that being said, the tip of the spear for the success for Wichita State has certainly been their defense, which has allowed opponents to score a tad less than 70 points per game on 43% shooting from the floor.
And while the Shockers certainly locked down the Rams from long-range in allowing them to convert on only five attempts on the night, the Rams shot 50% from the field while capitalizing of 16 costly turnovers for Wichita State in the victory. De’Riante Jenkins along with Michael Evans combined to go 11 – 20 from the field on the night while ending with 15 points apiece for Virginia Commonwealth. On the other hand, Markis McDuffie led Wichita State in scoring with 16 points as he went 5 – 15 from the floor along with converting just three of 8 three point attempts for the contest. Wichita State will certainly be looking to shore up defensive vulnerabilities while also becoming more aggressive on the offensive end versus a Memphis Tigers team that has played well on both sides of the floor lately and throughout the season.
MemphisTigers's Latest Performance :
The Memphis Tigers are certainly on fire at this point in the season has they have scored at least 80 points in the last six games including 90 in their last five games, overall. In their last outing versus the Rattlers of Florida A&M, the Tigers shot 58% from the floor along with connecting on 13 3-pointers as Jeremiah Martin led the team with 22 points as he went 4-5 from long-range while Tyler Harris chipped in 16 points as he went 2-7 in this area.
On the other hand, the defense for Memphis allowed the Rattlers 50% shooting on the night, however, the Rattlers were only able to convert on just 4 three point attempts on the night while also committing a whopping 21 turnovers. Furthermore, Florida A&M only got to the free-throw line 8 times compared to 23 for Memphis. Nonetheless, Memphis was able to gain its wits in a second half to which they heavily outscored the visitors while picking up the much-needed win in the meantime. They will certainly love to continue this momentum versus a Wichita State Shockers team after halting their momentum by going down in defeat on the road versus the VCU Rams in their last outing to where they struggled mightily from the field in shooting 35% while connecting on just 6 of 26 3-point attempts during the contest.
How Wichita State Shockers & MemphisTigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Memphis is 8-4-1 ATS while the OU is 8-5
Wichita State is 6-6 ATS while the OU is 4-8
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a very interesting matchup as the Shockers will certainly look to get back on the right track after halting their winning streak after falling to the VCU Rams in the last outing. On the other hand, look for the Tigers to also continue their outstanding play at home, where they are winners of five of their last six, versus a Wichita State team that is winless in their last two road games, altogether.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Memphis Tigers
My reason for the pick :
While I happen to believe that Wichita State will certainly bring the focus for this game, look for the Memphis Tigers to pull out yet another victory at home in this contest on Thursday night due to their ability to remain consistent on the defensive end while neutralizing an already inconsistent offense for Wichita State. In all, I simply do not believe that the Shockers will be able to keep up with a team in the Tigers that continuously scores 90 points per outing.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
The over has been the play in seven of the last eight games, overall, for Memphis. Also, with the Tigers coming in with the bulk of the momentum entering this matchup, look for them to pour it on the Shockers of Wichita State early and often as they will push the pace in which to catch them on their heels. In all, look for the home team to have a stellar shooting night, once again, while allowing the total to definitely surpass its set limit in the end.
Betting trends for Wichita State Shockers:
- Over is 6-2 in shockers last 8 road games.
Betting trends for MemphisTigers:
- Over is 7-1 in Tigers last 8 overall.
tigers are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
tigers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.