A high-scoring game should be expected when the Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-1) and the No. 6 Wichita State Shockers (7-1) square off at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Action begins at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Wichita State Shockers at Oklahoma State Cowboys ATS Preview
In the Shockers last contest, they defeated the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 95-85. Landry Shamet led Wichita State in scoring with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Wichita State played a perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.3 (below their season average of 37.5) and a turnover percentage of 11.8 (better than their season average of 15.4). South Dakota State was 17.1 and 15.2, respectively, for those same stats.
The Cowboys will look to maintain momentum after blowing out the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils in their last game, 83-62. Oklahoma State rallied around Cameron McGriff, who had 11 points and nine rebounds. Oklahoma State played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.169 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 14.4 (better than their season average of 14.9). For those same stats, Mississippi Valley State put up marks of 0.065 and 24.0, respectively.
This showdown pits one of the nation’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Oklahoma State ranks 13th in offensive efficiency and Wichita State is 11th in defensive efficiency since the 2016-17 season. Additionally, the Shockers have committed the 48th-fewest errors in the nation (turnover percentage of 16.7 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of the Cowboys has caused the 56th-most (opponents turnover percentage of 21.3 percent).
The Cowboys won the only contest against the Shockers last season, 93-76. Oklahoma State was lights out from beyond the arc (14-28; 50.0 percent). Wichita State, meanwhile, did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (35-47; 74.5 percent).
Wichita State Shockers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Oklahoma State, ATS Winner – Oklahoma State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Cowboys rank 46th in steals per game (7.5) while the Shockers rank 154th (6.2).
- Wichita State ranks 11th in rebounds per game (41.7) while Oklahoma State ranks 91st (37.4).
- Oklahoma State ranks 46th in three pointers allowed per game (19.0) while Wichita State ranks 214th (22.5).
- The Shockers rank 12th in assists allowed per game (10.3) while the Cowboys rank 148th (13.1).
- Wichita State ranks 79th in blocks per game (4.1) while Oklahoma State ranks 191st in blocks allowed per game (3.9).