Houston Cougars vs Wichita State Shockers prediction and college basketball game preview.
Houston vs Wichita State Broadcast
Date: Thursday, February 18
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, KS
Houston (17-2) vs Wichita State (12-4) Game Preview
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Why Houston Will Win
The offense continues to be amazing.
The Cougars shoot more threes than anyone in the American Athletic Conference, they win by an average of over 19 points per game, and they grabs every rebound to give themselves a whole slew of second chance points.
Wichita State might be on a great run, but it doesn’t shoot well enough for long stretches to keep up, the O doesn’t move the ball around well, and it’s an inconsistent team from three. But …
Why Wichita State Will Win
The Shockers can guard.
They’ve been decent at guarding from everywhere but they’re terrific at keeping the threes to a minimum. Only one team – Memphis – has made more than 36% from three since the opener, and at least lately, the Wichita State shooters haven’t been bad from the outside.
It’s a great free-throw shooting team, it’s good enough on the boards to keep up with the Cougars, and …
What’s Going To Happen
Houston will be in for a bit of a fight.
The Cougars won 70-63 the first time around back in early January even though they weren’t shooting all that well. They outrebounded the Shockers and should do that again, but this time around the shooting will be a bit stronger – the Wichita State game was the worst shooting performance 2021.
The Shockers will keep it close with their defense, and they’ll hit more free throws, but the Cougars will survive on a late burst to maintain the league lead.
Houston vs Wichita State Prediction, Line
Houston 69, Wichita State 65
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