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College Basketball Pick: SMU Mustangs at #7 Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State Hosts SMU in an AAC Contest

The SMU Mustangs (12-6 Overall, 2-3 AAC) are at the #7 Wichita State Shockers (15-2 Overall, 5-0 ACC) at 7 p.m. E.T. tonight at the Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas. The Mustangs are in eighth place in the AAC and three games out of first, while the Shockers are tied for first in the AAC with the Cincinnati Bearcats. Our SMU plays Wichita State 2018 NCAA basketball AAC pick has the Shockers at -8.5 or -9.0 and the over/under at either 142.5 or 143.0.

Recent History

The Mustangs come into tonight’s game having lost three straight games, which includes a 20-point loss to the Bearcats on Jan. 7. They are two of their last five games. Wichita State is on a seven-game winning streak and are 11-1 for their last dozen games. Their one loss was 91-83 to the Oklahoma Sooners.

Matchup

The Mustangs are averaging 73.5 PPG and hitting 46.5% of the field goals while grabbing 35.2 RPG. They’re making 8.0 SPG, which is much better than the Shocker’s 4.8 SPG. But Wichita far outpaces SMU in many areas, putting in 49.1% of their shots while scoring 84.9 PPG and grabbing 42.0 RPG. The Mustangs are allowing just 61.1 PPG, while their opponents are giving up 68.3 PPG. The Shockers are good on 74% of their FT, while SMU is hitting just 67%. Although Both teams are good on 41% of their threes.

Players to Watch

SMU senior guard Ben Emelogu II is a 59% three-point shooter and 53% field goal shooter. Junior guard Shake Milton leads the team in assists with 4.5 PG and points with 17.4 PG. The top rebounder on the Mustangs is junior guard Jarrey Foster, averaging 6.2 PG. For the Shockers, sophomore guard Landry Shamet is an excellent shooter from anywhere on the court. He leads the team with 15.8 PPG and 5.0 APG. Senior forward Darral Willis Jr. tops the team in rebounds with 6.5 PG. He also averaging 11.1 PPG.

Our SMU Plays Wichita State 2018 NCAA Basketball ACC Pick

The Shockers are proving tough to beat, as they are solid when shooting. SMU offers a good defense but can struggle when shooting from the field. The rebounding edge goes to WSU. Our SMU plays Wichita State 2018 NCAA basketball AAC pick is the Shockers at -8.5. We also like the under at 143.0.

Summary Mustangs at Shockers Picks- Wichita State at -8.5 and under 143.0

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