Wichita State recently won eight in a row, with a 6-1-1 ATS run, but got upset in the Missouri Valley Tournament.
Indiana, meanwhile, has lost four of its last five games both SU and against the numbers, leading some to wonder whether the Hoosiers deserved an NCAA Tournament bid. So Indiana will battle both the Shockers – as 5.5 point underdogs no less earlier this week at Bodog – and the critics when they open their Big Dance Friday afternoon in Omaha.
The Hoosiers finished in a tie for seventh place in the Big Ten at 9-9, then split two games in the conference tournament. That, combined with victories earlier this season over SMU and Butler, was apparently good enough for an at-large invitation to the Dance. Indiana can throw the ball in the hole at a pretty good rate, averaging 78 points per game this season, but is also rather generous in allowing opponents to do the same, giving up at least 72 points in four of its last five outings.
Wichita State won the Valley’s regular-season title by going 17-1, but lost in the semifinals of the conference tournament to Illinois State. However, as a seven the Shockers might well be under-seeded for this tournament. Wichita State is Dancing for the fourth straight season, and made the Final Four two years ago.
The Shockers are also 11-6-1 ATS since the turn of the year, while making most of their hay on the defensive end of the floor, where they’re holding foes to just 56 points per game.
Indiana Hoosiers vs Wichita State Shockers Odds and Stats.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Wichita State Shockers are 28-4 so far on the season, and 17-13-1 ATS vs the number. The Indiana Hoosiers, meanwhile, are 20-13 and 15-16-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Wichita State go 15-13 and the Indiana Hoosiers go 20-10-1 on betting totals.
It’s a betting matchup between the No. 4-rated Wichita State Shockers and the No. 23-ranked Indiana Hoosiers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds – VSB
How Indiana Hoosiers vs Wichita State Shockers Stats Matchup
Offensively, the game matches up Wichita State’s No. 75 nationally ranked offense (69.72 points per game) against a Indiana Hoosiers defense that sits as the No. 228 at 71.42 PPG. The Wichita State Shockers have been averaging 44.65% from the field, less than the Hoosiers have managed so far this season (46.58% on average).
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Indiana suffered a 75-69 loss against Maryland on Friday, getting 18 points from Yogi Ferrell in a losing effort at United Center.
Fred VanVleet scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Shockers to a win (they lost 65-62 to Illinois State at Scottrade Center on Saturday).
Indiana vs Wichita State betting trends:
Wichita State 6-2-1 ATS to end the season but upset by Illinois State in MVC
Indiana limps into the tournament on 2-5 SU and ATS streaks
Indiana lost six straight as underdog (covered spread just twice)
Wichita State is 8-3 ATS past 11 tournament games
Indiana 0-5 ATS past five tournament games