TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH
#737 HOUSTON (-7′) over Wichita St at 7 PM EST
Off back-to-back blowout wins over Our Lady of the Lake and South Florida and with eight days to prepare thanks to COVID-19 issues with Memphis and East Carolina, No. 6/5 Houston will travel to Charles Koch Arena and steamroll Wichita State. The Shockers enter this AAC battle off four consecutive straight up conference wins and they will have all kinds of trouble trying to slow down the mighty Cougars.
Taking a look at the History Book, we find that UH has dominated this series lately posting a solid 6-0 SU and 4-2 ATS mark in the last six meetings. Equally impressive, as a guest checking in off a blowout win of 10 points or more, head coach Kelvin Sampson’s boys own a profitable 31-18 ATS record provided they check in with four or more days of rest. In this role running the floor against a conference foe, UH improves to a healthy 24-10 ATS. Also, in their last 69 games matched up against a foe that scoots in with confidence off a straight up win, the Cougars hold an impressive 52-17 SU and 41-25 ATS mark.
This is not the best wagering situation for WSU either. When priced as a conference underdog, the Shockers own a pitiful 4-34 SU and 11-25-2 ATS tally provided they are facing a greater than .720 foe that enters with steam off a SU and ATS victory. In this role competing against a foe that arrives off a win of 18 points or less, Wichita State drops to a dismal 3-27 SU and 6-22-2 ATS. Also, when locked into a revenge mode and running against a conference foe that hits the hardwood with confidence off two or more straight up wins, the Shockers carry a surprising 13-23 SU and 11-25 ATS mark in their last 36 games including a horrible 10-15 SU and 6-19 ATS if State scoots in off a straight up win.
Behind the strength of a suffocating defense that is ranked second in the nation allowing just 57.3 points per game, the Cougars will take control of the AAC for good with this victory. Take Houston. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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