The South Florida Bulls (11-14, 4-8 AAC) head to Wichita State to play the Shockers (19-6, 7-5 AAC) in what should be a low-scoring game. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
South Florida Bulls at Wichita State Shockers ATS Prediction
In the Bulls’ last game, they were defeated by the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 56-48. Tulsa was effective at getting to and converting from the charity stripe. The Golden Hurricane made 23 of their 28 free throws (82.1 percent), while the Bulls were 11-15 (73.3 percent). David Collins led South Florida in scoring with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
The Shockers dismantled the Tulane Green Wave in their last matchup, 82-57. Wichita State out-rebounded Tulane. The Shockers had 13 offensive rebounds and 48 total rebounds, while the Green Wave had six and 31, respectively. Dexter Dennis was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field.
Points could be at a premium in this showdown between two of the NCAA’s top defenses. Wichita State ranks 14th in defensive efficiency (90.6) and South Florida is 55th (94.6).
This will be the second game of the season between these two squads. Dennis recorded 12 points and five rebounds in the first game, in which the Shockers beat the Bulls 56-43. The Shockers had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (29.4 vs. 16.1) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.442 vs. 0.325).
South Florida Bulls at Wichita State Shockers Betting Pick
Pick: Against The Spread Winner – Wichita State, O/U – Under
Wichita State ranks 24th in rebounds per game (39.6) while South Florida ranks 232nd (33.4).
The Shockers rank 69th in assists per game (14.4) while the Bulls rank 263rd (9.8).
Wichita State ranks 74th in steals per game (7.2) while South Florida ranks 120th in steals allowed per game (6.4).
The Shockers rank 49th in three pointers allowed per game (19.2) while the Bulls rank 84th (20.2).
The Bulls’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.0, up from 0.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Shockers have scored an average of 66.0 points per game (6.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.0 points per game (1.0 above their season average).