Houston vs Wichita State Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 2 (Cougars Smother Shockers' Attack in AAC Clash)

Houston vs Wichita State Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 2 (Cougars Smother Shockers' Attack in AAC Clash)


Houston vs Wichita State Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 3 Houston (20-2, 8-1 AAC) vs. Wichita State (11-10, 4-5 AAC)
  • Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023
  • Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Charles Koch Arena -- Wichita, Kansas

The No. 3 Houston Cougars look to tally their third straight win when they visit the Wichita State Shockers for an AAC showdown on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Houston responded to its latest loss with back-to-back victories over UCF and Cincinnati, improving the Cougars' conference record to 8-1. On the other hand, Wichita State heads into tonight's contest following an 85-72 victory over East Carolina that saw the Shockers go the entire game without trailing once.

Can Houston extend its winning ways on the road? Or will Wichita State pull off its biggest upset of the campaign?

Houston vs Wichita State Odds & Spread

Houston enters this contest as the heavy road favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 130.5 points with -110 odds on both sides.

Houston vs Wichita State Betting Trends

  • Houston has beaten the spread 14 times in 22 games.
  • Against the spread as 12.5-point favorites or more, the Cougars are 9-6.
  • Out of 22 Houston's games so far this season, 10 have gone over the total.
  • Wichita State's record against the spread is 10-11-0.
  • This year, 10 of Wichita State's 21 games have hit the over.
Houston Rank Houston AVG Wichita State AVG Wichita State Rank
94th 75.4 Points Scored 68.3 267th
2nd 54.9 Points Allowed 65.9 76th
18th 36.4 Rebounds 33.6 92nd
6th 12.1 Off. Rebounds 8.7 182nd
156th 7.7 3pt Made 6.6 273rd
94th 14.5 Assists 11.5 308th
7th 9.5 Turnovers 11.2 88th

Houston vs Wichita State Prediction & Pick

I don't see a world where Wichita State finds a way to upset one of the best teams in the country. The Cougars' defense has been nothing short of being elite, allowing only 54.9 PPG (No. 1) on 35.2% shooting (No. 2) while also racking up 8.1 steals per game (T-No. 40) and a plus-20.5 scoring margin (No. 1).

While Witchita State has averaged a respectable 82.0 points over the last three contests, the Shockers have yet to face a ranked opponent, let alone the nation's No. 3 team. On top of that, they've also lost eight of their last nine games against the Cougars.

Don't overthink this one: Houston is among the best programs for the reason and won't lose to Wichita State.

Final Score Prediction: Houston: 76 | Wichita State: 62

Houston vs Wichita State Best Bet

While covering a 12.5-point spread would be tough for a lot of teams, Houston can do it. For starters, the Cougars are 6-0 ATS on the road this season, also covering the spread in each of its four away games against AAC opponents. On the other hand, Wichita State is 3-5-2 ATS in its last 10 games and 0-6 ATS in its last six at Charles Koch Arena.

With Houston's defense being capable of shutting down any team, the Cougars should win this one by a decent chunk.

Bet: Houston -12.5 (-102)

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