The American Athletic Conference is where we find the Memphis Tigers vs Wichita State Shockers NCAA Basketball Game of the Week this time. The Wichita State Shockers host the Memphis Tigers in a battle of top-25 teams, and in a battle of the top teams in the conference. Memphis wants to win this game with their explosive offense, while Wichita State will defend and score points in the paint.
Memphis has been a top-25 team all season long, and they had some high expectations. The Tigers come into this game with an overall record of 12-2, but lost their last game to Georgia. Wichita State recently moved into the rankings after starting off the season by winning 13 of their first 14 games. The Shockers are no strangers to being a top mid-major college basketball program.
The Wichita State Shockers have a mantra of “Play Nasty”. That is exactly what they have been doing this season. The Shockers are holding teams to just 62 points per game, and they are also one of the best rebounding teams in the country. Wichita State is also scoring close to 77 points per game, but they will win with defense.
Wichita State has six different players averaging at least 8.8 points per game, and they are extremely balanced on the offensive side of the ball. Guard Erik Stevenson leads the team with 14.1 points per game, and he is a terrific shooter as well. Wichita State will need to shoot it well in this game, but the Shockers defense can keep it close.
The Memphis Tigers are playing the rest of the season short handed after center James Wiseman decided to end his collegiate career. Wiseman was scoring close to 20 points per game, and he was also a rim protector on the defensive end of the floor. Memphis is still outscoring opponents by close to 17 points per game this season, and they still have loads of talent.
Forward Precious Achiuwa has stepped up without Wiseman, and he is averaging close to 15 points per game. The Tigers can really shoot the ball. Testament to is the fact that they have made close to 100 field goals already this season. Memphis has not shown the toughness to compete with Wichita State, but they will play fast and try to win with athleticism.
The Wichita State Shockers have flown under the radar a bit to start the season. However, this is a chance for them to shine on the big stage. Memphis was viewed as a Final Four contender to begin the season. Playing without Wiseman has changed things up a bit.
There is no doubt that these two teams are at the top of the American Athletic Conference. Ultimately this should be a terrific game. Wichita State is just too tough at home, and they are going to win this game. Bet the Wichita State Shockers over the Memphis Tigers in the NCAA Basketball Game of the Week.