Last Updated: 2019-04-02
The NIT matchup between the Lipscomb Bisons (28-7) and the Wichita State Shockers (22-14) will be played at Madison Square Garden. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 150.5 points with Wichita State opening as a 1-point favorite. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Wichita State Shockers vs. Lipscomb Bisons Free Preview
In the Shockers’ last contest, they were victorious over the No. 25 Indiana Hoosiers, 73-63. With 17 points and six blocks, Wichita State’s Dexter Dennis had a good game. Wichita State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.327 (above their season average of 0.207) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.500 (above their season average of 0.470). Indiana put up marks of 0.108 and 0.431, respectively, for those same stats.
The Bisons hope to keep it rolling after edging the No. 23 North Carolina State Wolfpack in their last outing, 94-93. With 44 points on 14-for-24 shooting, Garrison Mathews was the top scorer from either team. Lipscomb dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.176 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 12.7 (better than their season average of 16.0). North Carolina State recorded marks of 0.111 and 13.4, respectively, for those same stats.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, this will be a balanced matchup. The sharp-shooting Lipscomb offense ranks 13th in the nation in that metric at 0.560, while the elite Wichita State defense is ranked 45th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.477). Additionally, the Shockers, who rank 50th in offensive rebounding percentage (32.7 percent), will battle against the Bisons, who rank 11th in defensive rebounding percentage (77.0 percent).
Of Wichita State’s 36 games, 19 have finished under the projected point total, while 16 of Lipscomb’s 32 games have finished over the O/U total. The Bisons hold the significant advantage straight up (SU) (28-7 vs. 22-14), but the Shockers have the superior against the spread (ATS) record (21-14-1 vs. 18-14).
Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Shockers, it’s been Markis McDuffie, who has averaged 21 points,5.4 rebounds, while the Bisons have gotten great contributions from Garrison Mathews (21 points,6.6 rebounds).
Wichita State Shockers vs. Lipscomb Bisons Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Lipscomb, ATS Winner – Lipscomb, O/U – Under
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The Bisons average 37.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 77th in the nation. The Shockers rank 163rd in rebounds allowed per game (35.0).
Wichita State averages 3.6 blocks per game, which ranks 108th in the NCAA. Lipscomb ranks 183rd in blocks allowed per game (3.7).
Lipscomb ranks 51st in steals per game (7.4) while Wichita State ranks 257th (4.7).
The Bisons rank seventh in assists per game (17.6) while the Shockers rank 141st (13.6).
Wichita State averages 24.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 92nd in the nation. Lipscomb ranks 206th in three pointers allowed per game (23.3).
The Bisons’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.6, down from 13.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Shockers have scored an average of 71.0 points per game (0.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 65.6 points per game (3.0 below their season average).