Miami vs. Wichita State March Madness Free Pick

Posted by Daniel Strum on March 19, 2016 in

The Miami Hurricanes will look to avoid the upset loss when they square off against the Wichita State Shockers in what looks like one of the most intriguing March Madness betting matchups on the entire third round docket. Now, let’s find out who’s going to win, cover the spread and advance!

Miami vs. Wichita State March Madness Free Pick & TV Info

What: Wichita State Shockers (26-8) at Miami Fl. Hurricanes (26-7)
When: Saturday, March 19
Start: 12:10 PM ET
Where: Providence, Rhode Island
Stadium: Dunkin Donuts Center
Spread: Wichita State -1.5
Moneyline: Wichita State -145
Game Total: 131.5
Watch: CBS
Stream: CBS Sports
Radio: Wichita State at Miami Fl

Why Bet the Wichita State Shockers

The Wichita State Shockers (26-8 SU, 20-12 ATS) rolled all over Arizona 65-55 in its second round matchup on Thursday after beating the hell out of Vanderbilt 70-50 in their First Four matchup two days earlier. The Shockers defense held the Wildcats to 41.7% shooting while forcing 19 turnovers in the commanding win. The Shockers got 16 points and five steals from steady point guard Fred VanVleet while sweet-shooting forward Ron Baker added 13 points, five boards and six assists. Connor Frankamp and Markis McDuffie each scored 10 points in the convincing victory.

Wichita State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 9-3 ATS in their last dozen NCAA Tournament games.

Why Bet the Miami Hurricanes

The Miami Hurricanes (26-7 SU, 18-13-1 ATS) struggled mightily to get past overachieving Buffalo in its closer-than-expected 79-72 win on Thursday, though the Canes never came close to covering the spread as a 14-point favorite. Angel Rodriguez scored a team-high 24 points while adding seven boards and four assists in the win. Sheldon McClellan added 20 points and five rebounds in the win. Kamari Murphy chipped in eleven points and 13 rebounds and both, Ja’Quan Newton and Davon Reed added 10 points apiece.

The Hurricanes are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games and 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games following an SU win.

Free March Madness Pick & Final Score Prediction

I was really big on Miami coming into March Madness, but now, I’m firmly on the side of the 61 percent of public bettors that likes Wichita State to get the ATS cover t the very least. I love the Shockers backcourt of Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker, not to mention Wichita State’s stupendous defense, which ranks first in the nation by limiting the opposition to just 58.9 points per contest.

The Shockers are an insane 44-16-2 ATS in their last 62 games following an ATS win and a bankroll-boosting 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. With Miami going 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning straight up record, I say the pick for Wichita State is as close as it gets to being a lock selection.

My final score prediction: Wichita State 75 Miami 72