Indiana State Sycamores vs. Wichita State Shockers
Date/Time: March 9, 2014, 2:05 p.m. EST
Where: Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri
When it comes to college basketball conference championship games, they all get a special look and college basketball fans pay close attention, because they realize that the winner will get an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. However, when the Missouri Valley conference tournament championship game tips off, fans will be paying very close attention to the outcome. That is because the Wichita State Shockers will be playing against the Indiana State Sycamores; there is more on the line than just a championship title.
The Shockers are the only teams this year that has yet to lose a game. They are perfect in the win column and a win against Indiana State today would not only claim a title but it would also give this team a high seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament. If the Shockers claim the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, they would most likely get a No. 2 seed in the big dance during March Madness.
If the Shockers do have a weakness it has to be free throw shooting. Wichita State is just 22-of-37 from the line in the tourney. This usually doesn’t matter since they dominate the opposition.
The latest college basketball betting trends for this tournament championship reveal that the Shockers have the wagering angles in their favor. The Shockers are 22-7-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 30 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, Shockers are 22-7-1 ATS in their last 30 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points and 35-14-3 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Sycamores are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
In the most recent meetings between these teams, the Sycamores have failed miserably as they are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. This is the biggest game in school history for the Wichita State Shockers. They can make history and that will keep this team focused for this championship game. The Shockers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and have dominated this conference. The Shockers are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 against a foe from the Missouri Valley conference and they win again to remain perfect.
Free Pick: Wichita State Shockers
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