NCAA Tourney Indiana V Wichita State Odds, Free PickNoah Williams
The 10th-seeded and 5-point underdog Indiana Hoosiers limp into this year’s NCAA tournament with one win and one ATS cover in its last five games, while Wichita State is 9-1 straight up and 6-3-1 against the spread over its last 10 tilts.
The Hoosiers can beat anyone else (well perhaps not UK)… when they are hitting their shots. Indiana has a couple of lethal gunslingers and can really hit the long-ball.
The Shockers are not undefeated coming into the big dance this time time, but they have Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker (two of the best players in the MVC this year) and that folks could spell doom for the Hoosiers.
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A Closer Look At The NCAA Tourney Indiana Hoosiers V Wichita State Shockers Betting Odds, & Analyzing My Free Pick
Matchup: (10) Indiana Hoosiers vs (7) Wichita State Shockers
Date: Mar. 20, 2015
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Stadium: CenturyLink Center Omaha
TV Info: CBS
Radio: Indiana Vs Wichita State
Point Spread: Shockers -5
Indiana March Madness Projected Starting Lineup:
- G Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, 6-0, Jr., 16.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.9 apg
- G James Blackmon, 6-4, Fr., 15.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg
- G Robert Johnson, 6-3, Fr., 9.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg
- F Troy Williams, 6-7, So., 13.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg
- F Collin Hartman, 6-6, So., 4.6 ppg, 3 rpg
- Coach: Tom Crean (seventh season)
Wichita State March Madness Projected Starting Lineup:
- G Ron Baker, 6-3, Jr., 15 ppg, 4.5 rpg
- G Fred VanVleet, 6-0, Jr., 12.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.3 apg
- G Takele Cotton, 6-3, Sr., 9.6 ppg, 4 rpg
- G Evan Wessel, 6-4, Jr., 4.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg
- F Darius Carter, 6-7, Sr., 11.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg
- Coach: Gregg Marshall (eighth season)
The Indiana Hoosiers and Wichita State Shockers will face-off for the first time in March Madness history in what is one of the best games of the round of 64 to bet on. The Shockers are 5 points favorites according to the March Madness betting odds.
Indiana posted a 20-13 record this season, 15-16-1 against the spread and went 5-12 in 17 games against teams that also made it the tournament. Junior guard Yogi Ferrell leads the team (16.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.9 APG) and freshman guard James Blackmon Jr. (15.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.6 APG). The Hoosiers average 77.5 points per game (18th), 14.0 assists per game (76th), shooting 46.6% from the field (48th). Their defense allows 71.4 PPG (299th) and grabs 36.0 rebounds (88th).
"They’re a great team. Well-coached, very tough, physically and mentally," said transfer guard Nick Zeisloft, who is familiar with the Shockers from his time playing for Illinois State in the MVC. "VanVleet’s very smart, and Baker, he can do a lot of things that most people can’t."
Wichita State ended the season with 28-4 mark, 17-13-1 against the spread, but only played four games against teams that were invited to the NCAA tourney, posting a 2-2 record in those games. Junior guard Ron Baker (15.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.5 APG) and junior guard Fred VanVleet (12.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 5.3 APG) lead the Shockers, who scores 69.7 points per game (108th), with 13.9 assists per game (81st), shooting 44.6% from the field (102nd). Wichita State’s defense permits 55.8 points per game (7th) and the average 35.6 rebounds per game (108th).
"They’re playing small; they’re playing fast. Really good offensive team," coach Gregg Marshall said. "The point where the ball is tipped on Friday afternoon, seeding is irrelevant."
The Hoosiers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games as an underdog, 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
The Shockers are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Friday games, 41-20-2 ATS in their last 63 games as a favorite, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 neutral site games as a favorite, and 39-14-1 ATS in their last 54 games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5 points.