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NCAAB Betting? Hoosiers vs Shockers Predictions

NCAA Tournament betting action sees the #7 Wichita State Shockers taking on the #10 Indiana Hoosiers in Omaha, Nebraska. Cappers Picks provides free NCAA basketball handicapping tips all season long.

A year after being a number 1 seed, the Shockers look to avenge their early exit from the Missouri Valley Conference tournament when they take on the Hoosiers out of the Big 10.

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#7 Wichita State Shockers (28-4) vs. #10 Indiana Hoosiers (20-13)
Friday, March 20th
2:45 PM ET
CenturyLink Center Omaha (Omaha, Nebraska)
NCAA Basketball Betting Lines: Wichita State -5
NCAA Basketball O/U: 140
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Indiana fell short to Maryland in the Big Ten tournament, but received an at large bid with their impressive 20 win season.

Wichita State

The Shockers had aspirations of a much better seed than the 7 they received. With an exit in the semi-finals of the MVC tournament, the Shockers lack of schedule did them no favors with the tournament committee. That being said, a second round matchup with the Hoosiers provides Wichita State with a chance to show the country they are much better than the seeding they got.

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The Shockers had won 9 straight games prior to their loss against Illinois State. Beating just 1 ranked opponent on the season, the Shockers have yet to prove they are a top tier team in the NCAA.

Wichita is led by Junior G Ron Baker. Baker is averaging 15.0 points a game, but showed some struggles down the stretch of the season. Baker also averaged 4.5 rebounds per game.

Also leading the charge for the Shockers was Junior G Fred VanVleet. The 6-0 guard averaged 12.7 points a game to go along with 5.3 assists. VanVleet scored 19 points in the losing effort against Illinois State last time out for Wichita.

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Wichita will need contributions from both Baker and VanVleet along with leader Darius Carter in order to hold off the Hoosiers in this matchup.


Indiana really failed to gain any sort of consistency throughout the final month or so of the season. Losing 5 of their last 7, Indiana finished middle of the pack in the Big 10. They did grab a win against a weak Northwestern team in the Big 10 tournament, but could not get passed red hot Maryland.

Indiana’s at large bid was thanks in large part to their wins over 4 ranked opponents. Indiana has not won back-to-back games since January 18th and 22nd.

For the Hoosiers to pull off the 2nd round upset, they’ll need Junior G Yogi Ferrell to lead the way. Ferrell is scoring 16.1 points a game and is coming off an 18 point performance against Maryland.

Along with Ferrell, the Hoosiers will need Freshman G James Blackmon Jr. to have a big game. Blackmon Jr. averaged 15.8 points a game, but only scored 6 in the loss to Maryland.

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Troy Williams will have the tough task of guarding Darius Carter down low. Whoever can win the battle down low will give their team a serious edge Friday afternoon.

NCAA Basketball Trends:

  • Hoosiers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss.
  • Hoosiers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
  • Shockers are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 neutral site games.
  • Shockers are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Friday games.

Free 4* NCAA Basketball Pick: Indiana +5

Indiana staggered into the tournament, but still have the experience factor.

Wichita State 66, Indiana 64

The Hoosiers keep this game close, with the chance to steal a win late.

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By Tony M

Tony is new to Cappers Picks and has been betting on sports since the first day he turned 18. He is a 22 year old Cleveland native who lives and breathes Indians baseball. His dream is to be part of a championship celebration at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.