Tonight is an enormous night for two of the best and most-unheralded teams in college basketball. A pair of names that casual fans aren’t as familiar with face their stiffest test of the season and potential number one seeds (and history) hang in the balance.
San Diego State is ranked fifth in the country and owns a road win AT Kansas which is growing more impressive daily. Their only loss was a November loss to Arizona. But the mediocre play of the Mountain West, down from their halcyon year of 2012-2013, hurts their profile nationally. New Mexico is down, BYU is gone, and Colorado State and Boise State aren’t of the same NCAA caliber as a year ago.
However, that shouldn’t diminish what SDSU has done this season. They are a slight underdog at Boise State tonight in a vital game for the #1 seed campaign.
But the one that every fan will be glued to tonight is Wichita State’s trip to Indiana State. The Sycamores raised some eyebrows this season when they went to Notre Dame and won, but aren’t exactly a national brand name (aside from Larry Bird nostalgia). However, they do represent the biggest (only?) potential landmine to the Shockers quest to run the regular season table undefeated. They are four to four and a half point favorites on the road tonight, but will be looking for a lot more than a win tonight and could feel some pressure for the first time this season.
Today’s Free Picks:
Wichita State Shockers -4 at Indiana State Sycamores
Pressure, schmessure! I teased this game a little in the opening, but in truth I am not too worried about Wichita State feeling the weight of this game. They are a very confident team whose entire rotation played meaningful minutes in the Final Four last year. THAT’S pressure. A road trip to Indiana State will be fun.
Wichita State handled the Sycamores earlier this season 68-48. And despite being heavy favorites nearly every time they take the floor, Wichita State is 14-5-1 ATS on the season. Indiana State is 10-10 ATS and since the Notre Dame game when they emerged as the lone threat to Wichita State they are just 5-5 ATS.
I like Wichita State to go into Terre Haute and handle their business. Win tonight and a perfect regular season seems extremely likely. I think they’ll play with that type of intensity tonight and get a big win.