Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Cougars vs. Shockers CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(17-2) #6 Houston Cougars vs. Wichita State Shockers (12-4)
Date: Thursday February 18, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, KS
CBB Moneyline Odds: Houston -, Wichita State +
CBB Betting Odds: Houston -8
CBB Betting Total: 137
Wednesday night college hoops offers an AAC showdown between the top 2 teams in the conference, the Houston Cougars and Wichita State Shockers. Houston (17-2, 11-2 AAC) will make the trip north through the winter storm to take on Wichita State (12-4, 8-2 AAC) for the second time this season. These teams met way back on January 6th with the Cougars prevailing in that one by a score of 70-63. The shockers led at halftime 31-25 but were unable to continue their defensive pressure and allowed 45 second half points. Quentin Grimes led the way for the Cougars with 22 points and 9 rebounds meanwhile Justin Gorham and Dejon Jarreau each put in a double double.
The Houston Cougars will look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 11 games. They are currently at the top of the AAC with 11 wins but are tied with Wichita State in losses with 2. The Houston Cougars are averaging 76.5 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 57.3 points on 36.5 percent shooting. Houston is led by Quentin Grimes who is averaging 16.2 points 6.7 rebounds while Marcus Sasser is averaging 15.7 points and 4.1 rebounds.
Wichita State Shockers
Wichita State is currently on a 4 game winning streak and find themselves in a great spot for making the tournament. The shockers are in 2nd place in the AAC only behind Houston but they have the same number of losses so a win on Thursday would be big. They lost earlier in the year but held a halftime lead so they do have the ability to keep it close or even win against the cougars. A home game could make the difference this time around as Wichita State does boast a notorious home court advantage. The Wichita State Shockers are averaging 72.9 points on 40.3 percent shooting and allowing 68.3 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Tyson Etienne is averaging 18.1 points and 3.7 rebounds while Alterique Gilbert is averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Houston is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games
- Houston is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall
- Houston OVERS are 5-2 in the last 7 overall
- Wichita State is 6-7-1 ATS
- The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Free Houston Cougars vs. Wichita State Shockers NCAAB Prediction:
High stakes are on the line Thursday night as a win for either side could be the difference in deciding an AAC champion. These teams played earlier in the year and that game was close so I would be shocked if it was not once again especially as Wichita State will have the home court advantage in this one. The spread is almost at a double digit margin which does seem like a lot but that is just a testament to how well Houston has been playing this year as a borderline top 5 ranked team. Regardless, I’ll grab the points with Wichita State and trust in the shockers to keep this one close.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Wichita State +8
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