A six-game home winning streak hangs in the balance for the No. 25 Houston Cougars (18-5, 8-2 AAC) when they challenge the Wichita State Shockers (17-5, 5-4 AAC) at Fertitta Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 9, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Wichita State Shockers vs. Houston Cougars Free Preview
The last time the Shockers played, they lost a tough one against the Cincinnati Bearcats, 80-79. With 19 points on 9-for-19 shooting, Jaime Echenique was Wichita State’s high scorer. Cincinnati did a fantastic job of making free throws (14-18; 77.8 percent). Wichita State, meanwhile, held the Bearcats to an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.0 (below their season average of 31.9).
The Cougars hope to maintain momentum after topping the Tulane Green Wave in their last contest, 75-62. Nate Hinton played a pivotal role for Houston with 12 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. The Cougars held the Green Wave to an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.4 (below the 25.6 mark opponents have averaged against Houston this season) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.625 (above their season average of 0.484).
This battle pits one of the nation’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Houston currently ranks 40th in offensive efficiency and Wichita State ranks 15th in defensive efficiency.
These two teams have already met once this season. The Cougars won 65-54. One of Houston’s largest strengths was their ability to convert at the free throw line. They were 19-23 (82.6 percent), while the Shockers were just 13-24 (54.2 percent). DeJon Jarreau recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Wichita State Shockers at Houston Cougars Odds Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Wichita State, ATS Winner – Wichita State, O/U – Over
Wichita State ranks 42nd in three pointers allowed per game (19.0) while Houston ranks 132nd (21.7).
The Cougars’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.8, down from 9.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Shockers have scored an average of 65.4 points per game (8.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.2 points per game (0.2 above their season average).