Wichita State Shockers at Cincinnati Bearcats Free Prediction 02/23/20

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It figures to be a low-scoring affair as the Wichita State Shockers (20-6, 8-5 AAC) head to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats (17-9, 10-4 AAC). The game can be seen on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Wichita State Shockers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats ATS Odds

In their last outing, the Bearcats lost a winnable game to the UCF Knights, 89-87, while the Shockers beat the South Florida Bulls, 65-55.

Wichita State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.389 (above their season average of 0.240) and a turnover percentage of 14.4 (better than their season average of 15.3). For those same stats, South Florida had marks of 0.155 and 18.7, respectively. Cincinnati, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.7 (above their season average of 31.8). Tre Scott had a good outing for Cincinnati, finishing with 22 points and 21 rebounds. Wichita State rallied around Jaime Echenique, who had 20 points and nine rebounds.

In their first matchup this year, Jarron Cumberland led the Bearcats to an 80-79 victory. He was the game’s top overall scorer with 24 points. Cincinnati did a fantastic job of making free throws (14-18; 77.8 percent). Wichita State, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.3 vs. 24.0).

Points could be at a premium in this meeting between a pair of the country’s top defenses. Cincinnati ranks 55th in defensive efficiency (94.6) and Wichita State is 11th (90.1).

Wichita State at Cincinnati Free Pick

Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Wichita State, ATS Winner – Wichita State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Cincinnati averages 4.8 blocks per game, which ranks 21st in the nation. Wichita State ranks 158th in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
  • The Shockers rank 14th in assists allowed per game (9.9) while the Bearcats rank 97th (11.9).
  • Wichita State averages 23.5 three pointers per game, which ranks 99th in the nation. Cincinnati ranks 103rd in three pointers allowed per game (20.5).
  • The Shockers average 7.3 steals per game, which ranks 71st in the country. The Bearcats rank 161st in steals allowed per game (6.9).
  • Cincinnati averages 38.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 55th in the nation. Wichita State ranks 138th in rebounds allowed per game (34.8).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Bearcats have scored an average of 80.0 points per game (6.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 78.6 points per game (11.2 above their season average).
  • The Shockers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.6, down from 8.9 for the season.