The Memphis Tigers (12-2, 1-0 AAC) and Wichita State Shockers (13-1, 1-0 AAC) tip it off at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita at 7 p.m. ET Thursday. We analyze the Memphis-Wichita State odds and betting lines, while providing college basketball betting tips and advice on this matchup.
The Tigers are ranked 22nd in the USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll. The Shockers are 23rd.
Memphis at Wichita State: Three things you need to know
1. Memphis is coming off a 65-62 loss on Jan. 4 against a mediocre Georgia team. The Tigers have failed to cover in back-to-back contests heading into this one.
2. The Tigers opened AAC play with an 84-73 win over Tulane Dec. 30, but they failed to cover the 15.5-point spread. The Shockers opened AAC play with a 75-69 victory against East Carolina on New Year’s Day, although they didn’t come close to covering the 19-point number.
3. The Over is 7-1 in the previous eight for Wichita State, while the Under is 5-2 in the previous seven for Memphis.
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Memphis at Wichita State: Odds, betting lines and picks
Wichita State 73, Memphis 71
Back WICHITA STATE (-189) to win outright at home, though the spread is a more profitable play.
Against the Spread (ATS)
MEMPHIS (+4.5, -121) is worth going lightly on the number, even though I fully expect Wichita State (-4.5, +100) to come away with the victory. This is going to be a war, but the Shockers will avenge a pair of losses to the Tigers last season. Still, it will be close and might come down to the final seconds.
OVER 140.5 (-110) is worth a small-unit bet as well. While the Under has been the rule for Memphis, going 6-0 in its past six on the road, and 5-2 in the past seven overall, the home team generally dictates the pace. The Over is 7-1 for Wichita State, and 5-1 in the previous six on the Shockers’ home floor.
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