The No. 23 Wichita State Shockers (14-1, 2-0 AAC) head to XL Center to meet the UConn Huskies (10-5, 1-2 AAC). The Shockers will attempt to lengthen their eight-game winning streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 12, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
Wichita State Shockers vs. UConn Huskies ATS Preview
The last time the Shockers played, they beat the No. 21 Memphis Tigers, 76-67. Jamarius Burton was Wichita State’s leading scorer with 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Wichita State’s turnover percentage was their biggest strength over Memphis. The Shockers had a rate of 10.8 (better than their season average of 14.5), while the Tigers posted a mark of 20.3.
The Huskies hope to maintain momentum after beating the Tulane Green Wave in their last contest, 67-61. With 19 points on 7-for-15 shooting, Tyler Polley was the game’s high scorer. UConn played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.203 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 50.0 (above their season average of 31.9). Tulane had marks of 0.098 and 28.2, respectively, for those same stats.
Baskets could be hard to come by as two of the country’s top defenses battle. UConn ranks 49th in defensive efficiency (90.8) and Wichita State is 14th (86.8).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Shockers won the last contest 65-63. The Shockers played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 and a free throw rate of 0.242. For those same stats, the Huskies were 15.6 and 0.145, respectively.
Wichita State Shockers vs. UConn Huskies Free Prediction
Free Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Wichita State, ATS Winner – Wichita State, O/U – Under
The Huskies rank 19th in three pointers allowed per game (17.5) while the Shockers rank 67th (19.9).
Wichita State ranks 26th in assists allowed per game (9.9) while UConn ranks 55th (11.0).
UConn averages 7.2 blocks per game, which ranks first in the NCAA. Wichita State ranks 129th in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
The Shockers average 40.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 30th in the NCAA. The Huskies rank 154th in rebounds allowed per game (35.9).
Wichita State ranks 45th in steals allowed per game (5.6) while UConn ranks 123rd (6.9).
The Huskies’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.6, down from 7.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Shockers have scored an average of 76.4 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.8 points per game (1.4 above their season average).