The Wichita State Shockers are doing just what their name says, shocking the college basketball world as they keep their amazing winning streak alive. For the first time in school history the Shockers are ranked in the top 5 of the country at number 4 with big wins over teams like Davidson, BYU and Alabama. Southern Illinois does not have the offensive or defensive power to stay in this game, it will be more of a learning experience for the Salukis who will do their best to control the ball as much as they can but will find themselves over powered in the half court.
Southern Illinois knows they don’t have what is needed to stay in a game like this, they are in a different league from the Shockers and the only good that will come from this will be a learning game for the Salukis. I expect them to come out and really try to move the ball in order to get the best look at the rim they can, offensive rebounds will not be a problem so they scoring ability will be the only thing that keeps them in this one.
Wichita State is on a tear as they push through looking for their invitation to the big dance in March, but winning against conference teams in not enough and they are ranked that high because they are undefeated, but they have to get true competition under their belt, play another rankled team to see just where they are. This will be an easy win for the home team and taking the spread might simply be too high for comfort. The total on this game will surpass the 160 mark because the Shockers will want to push their offensive sets as much as they cane to have everything in working order by the time a top teams comes around.