NCAA Basketball Picks: Wichita State vs. Illinois State

Jordan Sharp

Sunday, February 17, 2013 3:34 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 3:34 PM UTC

With no NBA this Sunday because of their All Star Break, we have college hoops to entertain us and hopefully help our bankrolls as well. Let's get some money with this NCAA basketball pick.

NCAAB Picks: Wichita State vs. Illinois State 

Tonight a battle of MVC foes takes place in the central plains of Illinois, as the Shockers of Wichita State head into Normal to face the Redbirds of Illinois State. 

The NCAAB Odds for this one favor the home Redbirds by -2, with a larger total of 136 points. Which side of these lines should we back with our picks for Sunday?


The Shockers need this win to stay atop the MVC standings heading into the end of the regular season, as Creighton is right on their heels. Heading into Normal won’t be easy. The Shockers are only 4-6 ATS on the road this season, but they have beaten the Redbirds in Normal their last two trips there.

Even though Wichita State has won two in a row, they are still trying to heal from their three straight conference losses both SU and ATS. Two straight wins against bottom feeders in the MVC helps a lot, but it casts serious doubt on the Shockers. Creighton has them in their sites.

Illinois State

The Redbirds have been a nice surprise for basketball fans in Illinois this season. They are a Top 25 team in scoring as well as assists. They also rank in the top 50 in field goal percentage.

After starting off their conference season awfully, losing six straight, the Redbirds have been on a tear since. Illinois State has won seven of their last eight and four in a row SU. They have also covered in four straight games, including a huge road win at #16 Creighton just a little more than a week to go.

A big reason the Redbirds are cruising has been the play of Jackie Carmichael. The senior from Manhattan, KS is having a stellar final season in Normal, averaging over 18 points per game and grabbing well over 9 rebounds per contest.

However, Carmichael is in for a big test tonight, with Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early coming to town. Early, a junior, is leading the Shockers in scoring as well, and while probably won’t be guarding one another all evening, these two studs will be at it all night for their respective squads, and will be the main reason one of these teams leave Normal with a win.


The Sharp Pick

Wichita State has covered in six of their last eight meetings against the Redbirds and they won seven of eight in that stretch. However tonight, with plenty of conference implications for this game, I’m laying off the very low spread, and focusing more on the total, which I see the most value in.

At 136, I really like the over in this one. The total has gone over in four of Wichita State’s last six road games, and even though the under has cashed four straight with these two, I still like the over. Both teams score the ball extremely well, and both like to get up and down the floor. At 136, I think both teams being over 70 points tonight is probable, and that’s why I’m adding the over to my NCAAB Picks.

NCAA Basketball Pick: OVER 136

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