Baylor Bears vs. Wichita State Shockers Free Prediction

Daniel GimenezArticles, Basketball, College Basketball

The Baylor Bears (5-2) will travel to Charles Koch Arena to take on the Wichita State Shockers (3-3). The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Baylor Bears vs. Wichita State Shockers Betting Odds

Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Shockers easily got past the Rice Owls 90-61, while the Bears were victorious over the South Dakota Coyotes 63-57.

The Bears had a better free throw rate (0.158 vs. 0.127) and held the Coyotes to an effective field goal percentage of 0.389 (below their season average of 0.515). Wichita State, on the other hand, played a perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.4 (better than their season average of 15.5) and a free throw rate of 0.359 (above their season average of 0.207). For those same stats, Rice was 21.2 and 0.224, respectively. Wichita State was led by Erik Stevenson, who finished with 21 points and five rebounds. Mario Kegler, meanwhile led the way for Baylor, putting up 12 points and six rebounds.

The Shockers won the only contest between these two teams last year, 69-62. Wichita State had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.547 vs. 0.415). Baylor, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (14.2 vs. 16.6).

Looking at effective field goal percentage, this appears to be a matchup of two heavyweights. Since last season, the Wichita State offense ranks 49th in the country in that metric at 0.544, while the Baylor defense ranks 36th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.474). Furthermore, the Bears, who rank 11th in offensive rebounding percentage (35.7 percent), will go head-to-head against the Shockers, who rank 19th in defensive rebounding percentage (76.3 percent).

Baylor Bears vs. Wichita State Shockers Betting Pick

College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Wichita State, ATS Winner – Wichita State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Wichita State averages 17.9 assists per game, which ranks fourth in the country. Baylor ranks 217th in assists allowed per game (14.0).
  • The Shockers rank 15th in rebounds per game (39.8) while the Bears rank 64th (37.9).
  • Baylor ranks 228th in steals per game (5.5) while Wichita State ranks 269th (5.0).
  • The Shockers rank 90th in three pointers attempted per game (23.9) while the Bears rank 280th (18.8).
  • Wichita State averages 3.7 blocks per game, which ranks 107th in the country. Baylor ranks 229th in blocks allowed per game (4.0).