Houston Cougars (20-2, 8-1 AAC) vs. Wichita State Shockers (11-10, 4-5 AAC)
Wichita, Kansas; Thursday, 9:00 PM EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 3 Houston visits the Wichita State Shockers after Jarace Walker scored 25 points in Houston’s 75-69 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats.
The Shockers went 6-6 in home games. Wichita State has a 2-0 record in games decided by under 4 points.
The Cougars are 8-1 against AAC opponents. Houston ranks second in the AAC scoring 35.2 points per game in the paint led by J’wan Roberts with an 8.4 average.
The Shockers and the Cougars play Thursday for the first time in AAC play this season.
BEST PERFORMANCE: Jaykwon Walton is averaging 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Shockers. Jaron Pierre Jr. is averaging 1.6 3-pointers in his last 10 games for Wichita State.
Marcus Sasser is shooting 37.2% from beyond the arc on 2.6 3-pointers per game for the Cougars, averaging 16.2 points, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals. Walker is shooting 49.4% and averaging 10.1 points in his last 10 games for Houston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Shockers: 5-5, averaging 70.7 points, 31.6 rebounds, 13.2 assists, 6.3 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 42.6% from the field. Their opponents are averaging 71.6 points per game.
Cougars: 9-1, averaging 77.7 points, 35.2 rebounds, 14.8 assists, 7.4 steals and 4.5 blocks per game on 47.8% shooting from the field. Their opponents are averaging 60.4 points.
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