Written and authored by March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for news and notes. The teams will play on Thursday March 26th, 2015. At 9:00 PM EST on the CBS Television Network.
The (30-4) and seventh seed Wichita State Shockers of Missouri Valley Conference makes the trip from the “SUNFLOWER STATE to Northeast Ohio. Wichita State will play the (31-5) #3 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2015 College Basketball action. The teams will play at Quicken Loans Arena, home fo the NBA Cavaliers in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. This Sports Handicapper believes Wichita State is leaving it all on the floor; expectations are not as great as it was in 2014. Notre Dame must improve their shooting in they are to advance. The opening betting line has Wichita State as a two-point favorite Against The Spread on a neutral court, the betting odds total is 137′ for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Wichita Shockers beat in-state rivals Kansas on March 22nd to advance. The Shockers come out of the Omaha bracket with confidence after the biggest win in school history. Head Coach Greg Marshall knows how to win this time of the year. The pressure is off, and players are loose in preparation for their Sweet 16 matchup. Wichita State averages 70.3 points per contest. The Shockers defense ranks eighth nationally. The Guard combination of Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet can carry the team to the “PROMISE LAND”. The betting odds over the total are 13-6 Wichita State last nineteen on a neutral court. The Wichita State Shockers are 4-3 their last seven NCAA Basketball Point Spread Predictions on the road, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under the betting odds total twice. The key to a Shockers win is going to depend on the play of VanVleet. The Junior has experience; it was his freshman season when he ran the show in their first Final Four appearance. The Point Guard position is the most important in the NCAA Tournament. Betting Experts in Las Vegas and offshore has Wichita State at 33/1 to win the 2015 NCAA Tournament Championship.
The 2015 Notre Dame Fighting Irish beat another Indiana team, Butler their last game on March 21st, 67-64 in overtime. The winners of the 2015 ACC Tournament seem to be ready for Thursday’s matchup. Head Coach Mike Brey is going to have a heavy Heart. Brey told reporters after Saturday’s win he lost his mother the morning of the game. The Irish players want to get a win for the Brey family. New Jersey native Steve Vasturia scored a game-high twenty points in the victory. Notre Dame rank 13th overall in the nation scoring the basketball. The Irish defense allows opponents 65.6 points per contest. Four Notre Dame players average double figures; Vasturia is the only starter scoring below ten points. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 7-3 ATS their last ten, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total six times. The Fighting Irish usually depends on Seniors Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton for scoring. Point Guard Demetrius Jackson must handle VanVleet. The key to a Notre Dame win is to make open shots regularly. They can’t afford scoring slumps Thursday, or they will get sent home. Bovada has Notre Dame at 33/1 on the 2015 March Madness title.