The West Virginia Mountaineers (5-0) meet the Wichita State Shockers (6-0) in the Cancun Challenge – Riviera Division at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network at 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
Wichita State Shockers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Prediction
The Shockers will be looking for similar success after blowing out the South Carolina Gamecocks in their last contest, 70-47. The Shockers made 17 of their 23 free throws (73.9 percent) and held the Gamecocks to an effective field goal percentage of 0.348 (below their season average of 0.465). With 19 points on 6-for-13 shooting, Erik Stevenson was the game’s high scorer.
In the Mountaineers’ last matchup, they were victorious over the UNI Panthers, 60-55. Getting to the charity stripe was one of West Virginia’s largest strengths. They had 25 free throw attempts, while UNI had just 12. Miles McBride was the top scorer from either team with 18 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the field.
The aggressive West Virginia offense looks poised to dominate from the free throw line. The Mountaineers rank 38th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.272, while Wichita State ranks 278th in FTA rate allowed (0.256) since last season. Also, the Shockers’ defense figures to have an advantage in terms of effective field goal percentage. They rank 38th in the NCAA with an opponents’ effective field goal percentage of 0.468, while the offense of the Mountaineers ranks 314th in effective field goal percentage (0.474).
Wichita State Shockers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Odds Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Wichita State, O/U – Over
Wichita State ranks 35th in steals allowed per game (5.3) while West Virginia ranks 277th (8.0).
The Mountaineers average 39.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 14th in the country. The Shockers rank 162nd in rebounds allowed per game (34.8).
West Virginia averages 3.6 blocks per game, which ranks 118th in the NCAA. Wichita State ranks 221st in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
The Shockers rank 118th in assists per game (13.9) while the Mountaineers rank 165th in assists allowed per game (13.0).
Wichita State ranks 95th in three pointers attempted per game (24.1) while West Virginia ranks 119th in three pointers allowed per game (21.4).