Houston vs. Wichita State odds, line: 2023 college basketball picks, Feb. 2 predictions from proven model
The No. 3 Houston Cougars will look to stay atop the American Athletic Conference standings when they take on the Wichita State Shockers on Thursday night. Houston suffered its first conference loss on Jan. 22, but responded with wins over UCF and Cincinnati. Wichita State has won two of its last three games, beating East Carolina by 13 points on Sunday.
Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. The Cougars are favored by 12 points in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest Wichita State vs. Houston odds, while the over/under is set at 130.5. Before we get into Houston’s picks against Wichita State, you’ll want to see SportsLine’s model college basketball predictions.
The SportsLine projection model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. The model enters week 13 of the 50-29 season on all top college basketball picks, returning over $1,200 for the $100 players. Anyone who has followed him has seen huge returns.
Now the model has set her sights on Wichita State against Houston. You can head over to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for Wichita State vs. Houston:
Spread Wichita State vs Houston: Houston -12Wichita State vs Houston over/under: 130 pointsWichita State vs Houston money line: Wichita State +550, Houston -800Wichita State vs Houston picks: See picks here
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Why Wichita State Can Cover
Wichita State has already proven it can hold on to some of college basketball’s top teams, going on the road and losing by just five points to Kansas State in December. The Shockers have won four of their last six games before this game, earning an 85-72 win at East Carolina on Sunday. Senior guard Craig Porter Jr. scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and provided four assists for the Shockers, who easily covered the 4.5-point spread.
They’ve been a profitable team to support in this series, covering in four of their last five home games against Houston. Junior guard Jaykwon Walton leads Wichita State with 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while Porter adds 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. James Rojas scored a career-high 19 points against East Carolina.
Why Houston can cover
Houston enters this game with sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the AAC standings, and it has won eight of the last nine meetings between these teams. The Cougars are coming off a huge second half against Cincinnati, using a late 20-4 streak to erase an 11-point deficit. They closed the match on a separate 6-0 run to secure the win and stay one game ahead of Temple and Memphis at the top of the standings.
Freshman Jarace Walker scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win over the Bearcats, while J’Wan Roberts added 14 points and six boards. Veteran guard Marcus Sasser remains the team’s top scorer, averaging 16.2 points and 3.2 assists. Houston has been a great team to fall back on, having covered in six straight road games.
How to make choices between Houston and Wichita State
The model simulated Wichita State vs. Houston 10,000 times and the results are in. The model leans on, and it also generated a point pick that hits in 70% of simulations. You can only see the choice on SportsLine.
So who wins Houston vs. Wichita State? And which side of the spread hits 70% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to jump to, all from the forward model who is 50-29 on his top-rated college basketball picks this season, and find out.