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(10-2) Wichita State Shockers vs. Connecticut Huskies (7-5)
Date: Saturday, December 30, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, CT.
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Shockers -9
CBB Betting Total: 143
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Wichita State Shockers
This is Wichita State’s first conference matchup as a member of the American Athletic Conference. A lot has changed since 2012. It’s still hard for me to accept that UConn is in motley mix of a conference.
The Shockers are newcomers but they’re the co-favorites, along with Cincinnati, to win the conference. Wichita State comes in #11 in the KenPom rankings and Cincinnati is ninth.
Wichy had a fair non-conference. It got nice wins over Marquette, Baylor and Oklahoma State but it lost against its two toughest opponents — Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
But the fact is that the Shockers were right with both of those teams and can certainly beat them, quite possibly just as often, or more, as either of those opponents would.
In the past, the non-conference would pretty much dictate most all of Wichita’s NCAA Tournament seeding. It has more of a chance to impress the committee in the American. If it were to, say, run the table, it would be an undeniable one-seed in March.
Connecticut should be no match for Wichita State. The Huskies have a top-80 defense but an offense that struggles with its efficiency. They shoot just over 30 percent from three and 40 percent from the field, overall.
This is a big season for Kevin Ollie and company because none of the top three scorers on the roster are seniors and should all be back next season. Even if UConn isn’t able to do much this season, it’s a building block for the next.
Eight guys on the roster average at least three rebounds per game but none average more than six. In fact, only one averages over five and he does just barely.
As a team, the rebounding numbers aren’t so bad when you combine all that manpower but it could be a result of just not having any real aggressive rebounders on the team.
The misses have to land somewhere, so they’re all spread out. That could be a problem against one of the toughest and most physical rebounding teams in the country, season after season.
CBB Betting Trends:
- WICH are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Sat. games.
- Under is 6-2 in WICH last 8 Sat. games.
- WICH are 46-21-1 ATS in their last 68 road games.
- UCONN are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Over is 8-2 in UCONN last 10 Sat. games.
- UCONN are 6-20 ATS in their last 26 home games.
Free Wichita State vs. UConn NCAAB Prediction: Wichita State wins its first American Athletic game.
This has potential to be a good rivalry as the American grows and develops. For now, Wichita State is a much better team.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: UNDER
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Wichita State 70 – Connecticut 61
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