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Houston vs Wichita State Prediction and College Basketball Betting Picks

In an AAC college basketball matchup today, the Houston Cougars are taking on the Wichita State Shockers at the Charles Koch Arena. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball betting odds, picks, betting trends and KenPom Rankings, then give our Houston vs Wichita State prediction for the game today. 

Houston vs Wichita State Game Info

No. 14 Houston Cougars (21-4, 10-2 AAC) vs. Wichita State Shockers (13-10, 4-7 AAC)
Date: Sunday, February 20, 2022
Time: 1 PM EST
Venue: Charles Koch Arena — Wichita, KS
Coverage: ESPN

Houston vs Wichita State Prediction and College Basketball Betting Picks
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Houston vs Wichita State College Basketball Betting Picks and Odds

All college basketball betting odds for Houston vs Wichita State can be found at BetUS Sportsbook.

Moneyline: HOU: (-300) | WICH: (+250)
Point Spread: HOU: -7 (-110) | WICH: +7 (-110)
Total: 133.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Houston vs Wichita State College Basketball Betting Preview

In their last game on Thursday against UCF, Houston was able to stop the bleeding and get back in the win column after a recent two-game losing streak. While both losses were against solid conference opponents, they did highlight the issues the Cougars will have come tournament time. Whether they want to admit it or not, the losses of Marcus Sasser and Tramon Mark is starting to wear them down. With less offensive depth, one bad night from Kyler Edwards or Fabian White Jr. is enough to doom them. Against a struggling Wichita State team, we’ll see if Houston can keep their conference lead over SMU.

From their recent play, you would have no idea that the Shockers are the defending AAC regular season champions. Wichita State has lost two of three with their lone win coming over the worst team in the AAC in South Florida. Even worse, the Shockers beat South Florida by just four points. Wichita State has had troubles getting their shots to fall all season, and with just an okay defense, it gets them in trouble often. Against a Houston team that sports just as many offensive weapons as anyone else in the AAC, can Wichita State keep pace, or will they fade quickly?

KenPom Rankings

KenPom Rankings are from KenPom.com

TeamRkAdjOAdjDAdjT
Houston6116.490.865.1
Wichita State87104.095.067.9
  • Houston is 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last six games against Wichita State.
  • In their last eight games against Wichita State, Houston is 7-1 straight up.
  • Wichita State is 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games.
  • Wichita State is 3-6 ATS in their last nine games.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in Wichita State’s last five games against Houston.

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Houston vs Wichita State Prediction | College Basketball Betting Picks

Houston has struggled lately but the one thing that hasn’t is their defense. The Cougars give up just 58 points per game and will likely be able to impose their will on a Shockers’ offense that has been very underwhelming this season.

Although questions about Houston’s recent offensive performances are fair, they shouldn’t need much if they have their normal defense on the court. Wichita State will struggle to score all game while Houston should have a huge advantage down low. Houston should be able to win and cover the spread.

Our college basketball betting Houston vs Wichita State prediction tonight will be Houston covers the spread at BetUS

For what it’s worth, the ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Houston an 86.4% chance to win.

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