Betting on today’s Mean Green and Shockers game? Catch the action at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, KS, as the Shockers hosts this showdown at 9:00 ET on ESPN2. This American Athletic conference matchup has an over/under of 131.5 points, and the Shockers are favored to win at home vs. the Mean Green.
NORTH TEXAS MEAN GREEN VS WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Wichita State Shockers -2
This game will be played at Charles Koch Arena at 9:00 ET on Thursday, January 4th.
WHY BET THE WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Shockers.
- Not only will Wichita State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 131.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Can The Mean Green Secure a Road Victory?
So far this season, North Texas has played 12 games and has a record of 7-5. In their three road games, they have a 1-2 record and at home, they are 4-3. Against the spread, North Texas has a record of 6-4 thus far. This includes going 2-1 on the road and 4-3 at home.
Through 12 games, North Texas has an over/under record of 5-4-1 with their games averaging a combined 127.1 points per game so far. The Mean Green have an over/under record of 0-1-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 130 points per game.
Coming off their recent game, the North Texas offense tallied 78 points in a matchup against UT Arlington. Their field goal percentage for the game was 52.8%, and they made 12 threes. Offensively, the Mean Green have a season long field goal percentage of 43%, which is 258th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 100th in percentage and 111st in three-pointers made.
At this time, the Mean Green’s defense is positioned 5th in the country, permitting 58.9 points per game. Against UT Arlington, the Mean Green’s defense gave up 52 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, UT Arlington only made 10 free-throws.
Can the Wichita State Offense Score Enough at Home?
Wichita State has played 13 games and currently has a record of 8-5. In road games, the Shockers are 2-2, while at home they are 5-3. Prior to today’s matchup, Wichita State holds a 4-8 record against the spread (ATS). In their last ten games this season, Wichita State has gone 0-5 vs. the spread.
Looking at their over/under performance through 13 games, Wichita State has an over/under record of 7-5-0, with their games averaging 146 points per game on average. Looking at the Shockers’ last three games, their over/under record is 1-2 with their games averaging 139 points per game.
In contrast to their season average of 75.3 points per game, the Wichita State had a below average performance. They scored 67 points against Kansas and had a field goal percentage of 42.4%. In terms of offense, the Shockers have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, putting them 241st in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 355th in percentage and 289th in three-pointers made.
In terms of defense, Wichita State is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 71.8 points per game. In their previous game vs. Kansas, the Jayhawks finished with a field goal percentage of 42% and a total of 86 points vs. Wichita State.