The Wichita State Shockers (22-8, 10-7 AAC) and Tulsa Golden Hurricane (21-9, 13-4 AAC) will go head-to-head at Charles Koch Arena to bring the regular season to an end. Wichita State opened as a 7-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 125 points. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 8, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
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The last time the Golden Hurricane played, they were victorious over the Temple Owls, 61-51. With 13 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Rachal played well for Tulsa. Tulsa played a nearly perfect game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.453 (below their season average of 0.500) and a free throw rate of 0.245 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Temple was 0.351 and 0.193, respectively.
The Shockers are trying to rebound after their 68-60 loss to the Memphis Tigers in their last contest. Dexter Dennis led Wichita State in scoring with 15 points on 5-for-17 shooting. Memphis had a turnover percentage of 9.2 (better than their season average of 20.0). Wichita State, on the other hand, held the Tigers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.5 (below their season average of 30.7).
Points could be at a premium in this battle between two of the nation’s top defenses. Wichita State ranks 13th in defensive efficiency (91.2) and Tulsa is 31st (93.5). Also, the Golden Hurricane, who rank 25th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.280), could earn plenty of trips to the line against the Shockers, who rank 291st in opponents’ FTA rate (0.265).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Golden Hurricane won 54-51. Tulsa did a fantastic job of making free throws (15-20; 75.0 percent). Wichita State, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (18.6 vs. 23.6). Elijah Joiner scored a game-high 22 points.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Wichita State Shockers Odds Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Wichita State, ATS Winner – Wichita State, O/U – Over
Wichita State ranks 86th in steals per game (7.0) while Tulsa ranks 196th in steals allowed per game (7.2).
The Shockers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.2, down from 7.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Golden Hurricane have scored an average of 62.0 points per game (6.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 59.0 points per game (4.0 below their season average).