College Basketball Picks - Shockers To Suffocate Sooners

Wichita State Shockers players cheering for their teammates

Saturday, December 10, 2016 3:41 PM GMT

Wichita State travels to Oklahoma to see which of these two contending teams can continue to climb the ladder in their respective conferences. Let's review the college basketball odds and find the sharpest value on the board.

Wichita State Shockers vs Oklahoma Sooners 

The Wichita State Shockers have proven to be a pretty good value for those who have backed them in their college basketball picks this season. Although three of their eight games have been unlined (no odds offered) this season, the Shockers have cashed on five of seven occasions and now bring an 8-2 straight up mark to Oklahoma this afternoon. Wichita State has been decent offensively, averaging 82.3 PPG which places them 48th in the nation but their defense has been among the best. The Shockers are cleaning the glass, averaging 43.3 rebounds per game (13th) and have been stifling opposing offenses, surrendering just 58.1 PPG which equates to the 8th defense best in college basketball.

Oklahoma brings a 6-2 straight-up mark (3-3 ATS) into this one after throttling Oral Roberts to the tune of 92-66 and covering the 20 ½-point imposts that the college basketball odds makers were dealing. It was an encouraging rebound from the 90-70 drubbing they took from Wisconsin in their previous game as they failed to cover as nine-point road dogs. The Sooners are averaging 80.5 points per game (63rd) and are allowing an average of 69.3 points per contest (133rd).

This game comes to one club that does everything well versus another that's merely pedestrian in virtually all the categories that count. Wichita State boasts a defense that sticks like Velcro and I cannot imagine this Oklahoma offense being able to break free from those shackles. The closest opponent in terms of pure defense that the Sooners have faced this season is Northern Iowa, a rival of Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference, in which the Panthers' solid defense (ranked 23rd) led them to a 73-67 victory as six-point underdogs, while holding Oklahoma's offense to their lowest offensive output of the season thus far.

In this game, the Sooners will be tasked with solving the riddle of the 8th best defense in the nation. In addition, the Shockers have a bruising rebounding game that limits opponents in terms of put-backs and allows Wichita State to control the pace and tempo of the game. The Shockers' offense is more than capable and will complement their suffocating defense this afternoon. Go with the "road" favorite at the neutral site of Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City this afternoon and cash a ticket.

 

Free College Basketball Pick: Wichita State -3½ 

Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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