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The (7-5) SU, (6-6) ATS Wichita State Shockers lost to VCU 70-54 their last game on December 22, 2018, as 5′ point road UNDERDOGS ATS.
Wichita State committed 17 turnovers in the loss at VCU which is uncharacteristic of a Gregg Marshall coached team. Tonight will be the first conference game of the season for Wichita State who enter their second season in the AAC.
- Wichita State is 2-3-1 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last six on the road.
- The UNDER is 3-2 the Shockers last five away from home.
- The Shockers have stayed UNDER the total in 7 of their last ten overall.
- Wichita State is 1-4 ATS their last five overall.
The (8-5) SU, (8-4-1) Memphis Tigers look to extend their three-game winning streak after a 96-65 victory over Florida A&M as 24 point home FAVORITES ATS.
Guard Jeremiah Martin scored a game-high 22 points for Memphis while highly-touted freshman Alex Lomax had six. Four of six signees this season played at the prep level in Memphis including Lomax, Martin is also a native.
- Memphis is 4-2 ATS their last six at home.
- OVER bettors have made a profit in 6 of Memphis last eight at home.
- The Tigers are 0-2 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD all-time vs. Wichita State.
- The OVER is 1-1 the two meetings between the teams.
Thursday’s game is at 9:30 PM EST at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. The CBSSN Television Network will be broadcasting.
The Betting Line has Wichita State as 6′ point road UNDERDOGS ATS ATS. The TOTAL is 154 points for Thursday’s contest.
Make no mistake Wichita State will always play second fiddle to the Kansas Jayhawks in the Sunflower State. However, Gregg Marshall has built something special in the state largest city, but they’re in jeopardy of missing out on the NCAA Tournament which is a concern.
There’s a little bit of a twist to tonight’s game which baffled the Wichita State coaching staff involving Memphis guard Alex Lomax. The Shockers had gotten a letter of intent from the young man but after Penny Hardaway was hired at to coach the Tigers Lomax wanted to stay in his hometown. Marshall granted him his wishes without incident which is admirable in this day and age. Lomax probably wishes he would’ve honored his commitment to Wichita State as he’s having a tough time early. The feisty point guard was recently benched in favor of another freshman; always stick with your first choice.
Tonight is a critical game for Wichita State who’ll be playing four consecutive against the conferences, elite teams. Senior Markis McDuffie (18.9) ppg leads the team in scoring and now must take control in the locker room.
Taking care of the ball is the key to a shockers wins.
Bovada.Lv list the Wichita State Shockers at 40/1 win the 2019 March Madness title. Total at 14 games for 2018-19.
The Tigers haven’t made it to the NCAA Tournament since 2014 which was in the Josh Pastner era. Tubby Smith couldn’t bring winning back and now the faithful turn to one of the best to ever come out of the City.
Memphis has increased their pace with Hardaway averaging (85.1) point per contest on (46.5%) shooting from the field. They allow opponents (77.2) ppg and Wichita State scores (70.2) ppg, but if the Shockers get hot, it could be a problem for Memphis. The Tigers can force turnovers which concerns the Wichita State coaching staff. They watched their team struggle taking care of the basketball at VCU Hardaway is looking to put his stamp on a program where he played, and they’re expecting a capacity crowd tonight.
Memphis will allow Wichita State to shoot beyond the three-point line where the Shockers are at (31.0%) averaging (23.7) attempts per contest. The Tigers want to speed the game up, but Marshall is a seasoned veteran coach who understands situational basketball. Although Hardaway played at the highest level, it doesn’t always translate to managing egos.
This Sports Handicapper believes the Tigers are going to have a tough time tonight; call it the Gregg Marshall effect.
Bovada.Lv, list the Memphis Tigers at 200/1 to win the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
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