Saint Louis Billikens vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits - 12/9/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Dakota State Jackrabbits (4-3) at Saint Louis Billikens (5-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chaifetz Arena)
The Line: Saint Louis Billikens -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports Midwest
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will travel to Chaifetz Arena to take on the Saint Louis Billikens this Tuesday Night.
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits improved to 4-3 on the season with an 81-61 win over the UMKC Kangaroos this past Saturday. The Jackrabbits took a commanding lead early in this one as they got up 44-25 at half-time. South Dakota State shot 49.0% from the field, including 83.3% (25-30) from the free throw line. Leading the way for the Jackrabbits were Cody Larson (18 pts, 4 reb) and Jake Bittle (18 pts, 8 reb, 2 stl). The Jackrabbits loss two of the better players in the Summit League in Jordan Dykstra (16.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg) and Brayden Carlson (14.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg) due to graduation last year and will need Cody Larson (14.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg), Deondre Parks (13.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg), and Jake Bittle (12.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg) to be leaders of this year’s team. Offensively, the Jackrabbits are averaging 76.1 ppg (ranked 56th) on 46.2% shooting (ranked 88th). Defensively, South Dakota State is holding their opponents to 64.6 ppg (ranked 152nd) on 38.0% shooting (ranked 50th). The Jackrabbits will need to continue to work a bit harder on the defensive end as currently they are averaging 20.3 fouls per game that ranks 256th in the country.
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The Saint Louis Billikens dropped to 5-3 on the young season after losing to the Wichita State Shockers 81-52 this past Saturday. It wasn’t a huge surprise that the Billikens would have trouble on the offensive end, however, it was a surprise to see a Jim Crews led team struggle as much as they did on defensive side. The Billikens allowed the Shockers to shoot 53.8% (28-52) from the field, 55.6% (10-18), and got out rebounded by a 41-20 margin. Leading the way for the Billikens was Marcus Bartley who had 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 steals off the bench. On the season, St. Louis has been led by Austin McBroom (11.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg), Achraf Yacoubou (8.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg), and Milik Yarbrough (6.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg). St. Louis has had all sorts of trouble on the offensive end as they are averaging just 60.8 ppg (ranked 303rd) on 40.5% (ranked 276th) shooting and grabbing only 30.4 rpg (ranked 320th). Defensively, Saint Louis is holding their opponents to 61.5 ppg (ranked 94th), however, allowing teams to shoot 43.8 % from the field (ranked 234th).
The Jackrabbits are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. win, however, just 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 non-conference games. The Billikens are 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall and 0-8-10ATS in their last 9 home games.
Saint Louis has become a staple in the NCAA tournement over the past three years. The Billikens have been known for their tough defense, however, this year should be interesting to see what Head Coach Jim Crews will be able to do after losing the majoriy of his team that helped led him to those NCAA tournment apperences. South Dakota State isn't the same team they were a few years ago when they made a couple of NCAA apperences themselves, however, I do like what I've seen from this team as it seems as if they are starting to come together nicely as a team. Although Saint Louis is always a tough place to play, I think the Jackrabbits have enough offensive in them to keep this one close. I'm going to take South Dakota State and the points.