Wichita State Shockers at Memphis Tigers – NCAAM January 21

Wichita State (8-3, 4-1) at Memphis (6-5, 2-2)

  • Time: 4PM PST | 6PM CST | 7PM EST
  • Location: FedEx Forum, Wichita, KS
  • TV: ESPN2

What’s at Stake

The Shockers are tied in the loss column with Houston as they could be somewhat of a surprise after the resignation of Gregg Marshall before practice started in the fall. Isaac Brown has done a tremendous job of regrouping this team and getting it to play relaxed while getting the most out of the talent. The Shockers have won.seven of their last eight games.

Memphis is squarely behind the eight-ball as the Tigers are one game behind the Cougars and Shockers. A win here can throw them into the the thick of the race even though it is still early. The Tigers have lost three out of five.

COVID-19 Update

The Shockers haven’t played for eight days due to COVID-19 protocol while Memphis played it’s first game last Sunday after three straight games were postponed due to covid issues within opponents, dating back to Dec. 29.

Vs. The Spread

Wichita State:

  • The Shockers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games
  • The OVER has been the call in 4 of WSU’s last 6 contests
  • The Shockers check in at 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games

Memphis:

  • The Tigers are a quizzical 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of the last 5 games between the Tigers and Shockers
  • However, the UNDER has been the play in 5 of the last 6 games between Memphis and Wichita State

Last Time Out

Wichita State downed Tulsa, 72-53, behind 20 points each from Morris Udeze and Tyson Eitenne. Ricky Council, IV, scored 11 points as the Shockers won their fourth in a row. Wichita State held Tulsa to 33.3 percent and 4-of-29 from three.

Memphis dropped a 58-57 decision at Tulsa on Sunday as it was the Tigers’ second loss to the Golden Hurricane this season. The Tigers led by as many as nine in the first half and led for almost the entirety of the first 30 minutes. Landers Nolley has 13 points while Malcom Dandridge had 10 points and 10 boards.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Wichita State +3.5 (-105) +150 O 138.5 (-125)
Memphis -3.5 (-115) -170 U 138.5 (+105)

For the Shockers To Win

Wichita State Shockers LogoTyson Etienne is second in the AAC in scoring (17.9 ppg) and has upped his game even more over the last three in averaging 20.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Morris Udeze (9.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg) on the inside has been getting tremendous mileage in averaging 19 points and 6.5 boards in his last two. Memphis is 11th in the NCAA in effective defensive field goal percentage, so Wichita State is looking for another big game from these two players. Udeze vs. Tigers’ freshman shot blocker Moussa Cisse will be a fun matchup.

Inside the Shockers’ Numbers:

The Memphis defense has been an overall behemoth so far as it averages 5.4 blocks (12th/NCAA) and 9.4 steals (9th/NCAA) inside of it’s attack. Wichita State’s opponents block only 5.5 percent of their shots (18th/NCAA) and Wichita State only turns the ball over 15.5 times in every 100 possessions (24th/NCAA).

For Memphis To Win

Memphis Tigers LogoThese two teams have stellar defenses, especially against the triple where the Tigers hold opponents to 29.9 percent while Wichita State is even more stingy at 27.7 percent. Checking Landers Nolley from behind the arc (26 makes) is the first order of business while Lester Quinones (17) and Boogie Ellis (16) are also effective even though the Tigers as a team sit at 30 percent.

Inside the Tigers’ Numbers:

In the Tigers’ two losses to Tulsa, the Golden Hurricanes outscored Memphis in the paint in both games in spring 54 paint points in the two combined. As these were due to the dribble penetration of the Tulsa guards, look for Tyson Eitienne, Alterique Gilbert, and Dexter Dennis to try the Memphis perimeter off the dribble. The Tigers force 16.7 turnovers per game, but also average 15 themselves. They have scored 56 points off turnovers in their last three games.

Winner: Wichita State (+3.5) 67, Memphis 63
Over-Under: Take UNDER 138.5

The Bets
Wichita State Shockers +3.5
-105
UNDER 138.5
+105
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.