The 29-8 Wichita St Shockers from the Missouri Valley conference will battle the 29-7 Ohio St Buckeyes from the Big Ten conference in an NCAA Tournament West Regional Final college basketball game on Saturday night. Tip off time from Staples Center in Los Angeles California is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CBS.
The NCAA Tournament college basketball odds have the Ohio St Buckeyes favored by -4 ½ points with an over under line of 130 points. There have been no previous meetings between the Shockers and Buckeyes.
Wichita St piled up wins in the NCAA Tournament by defeating both Pittsburgh and Gonzaga during the first week. In the Sweet Sixteen the Shockers defeated the La Salle Explorers 72-58 as a -4 ½ point betting favorite. The game ended under 134 ½ points. Wichita St stormed out to the 38-22 lead at the half. They shot 44.8% from the floor and connected on 5 of 12 from the three point line. The Shockers crushed the Explorers on the glass by a 44-23 margin. The team held La Salle to 35.7% shooting marking the third time in all three games played by Wichita St that the held the opponent to under 40% shooting. Malcolm Armstread led Wichita St with 18 points and six rebounds as he made 7 of his 15 shots. The Shockers rank in the upper third of college basketball in scoring and field goal defense. They allow 60.7 points per game along with 39.6% shooting to opponents.
The Buckeyes in the first week of the NCAA Tournament earned a 25 point blowout win against Iona and then defeated Iowa St 78-75 as a -7 ½ point betting favorite. Ohio St is coming off the 73-70 victory against the Arizona Wildcats in the Sweet Sixteen as a -3 ½ point favorite. The total came in at over 133 ½ points. Ohio St shot 42.3% from the floor and connected on 7 of their 13 three point shots. They gave up 44.2% shooting to the Wildcats along with 6 of 18 three pointers. The stat line was close but the margin of difference came from the Buckeyes three point shooting. Deshaun Thomas led Ohio St with 20 points as he made 7 of his 14 shots. The team has won 11 straight games including the Big Ten championship tournament. Like Wichita St the Buckeyes sit in the upper third of college basketball in points allowed and defending the basket. The team gives up 59.1 points a game along with 39.6% shooting.