Northern Iowa Panthers vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits - 12/28/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Dakota State Jackrabbits (9-4) at Northern Iowa Panthers (10-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm (McLeod Center)
The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will travel to the McLeod Center to take on the Northern Iowa Panthers this Sunday afternoon.
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits had their 7 game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-4 on the season after losing to the Utah Utes 80-66 this past Tuesday. The Jackrabbits had trouble on the defensive end against the Utes as they allowed Utah to shoot 51. 7% from the field. Leading the way for the Jackrabbits was Cody Larson who had 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. South Dakota State is currently ranked 149th in the RPI Standings and have played the 265th ranked SOS. The Jackrabbits look as though they will be the team to beat in the Summit League when conference play begins. On the season, the South Dakota State have been led by Deondre Parks (13.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.1 apg), Cody Larson (13.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.2 apg), and George Marshall (12.3 ppg, 4.5, 2.0 apg). Offensively, the Jackrabbits are averaging 72.6 ppg (ranked 85th) on 43.9% shooting (ranked 161st). Defensively, the South Dakota State are allowing an average of 66.0 ppg (ranked 170th) on 39.9% shooting (ranked 95th). The Jackrabbits are do a decent job on the boards as they currently are grabbing 25.92 defensive rpg (ranked 80th) and 36.85 total rpg (ranked 110th).
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The Northern Iowa Panthers improved to 10-1 on the season after a 56-44 victory over their in-state rivals, the Iowa Hawkeyes, a little more than a week ago on December 20th. The Panthers used an incredible defensive effort in the victory, as they held the Hawkeyes to just 14 field goals on 27.5% shooting. Leading the way for Northern Iowa was Seth Tuttle who had 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Panthers look like they will be serious contenders for the Missouri Valley Conference title this year. Northern Iowa is currently ranked 12th in the RPI standings and have played the 78th ranked SOS. Leading the way for the Panthers this season have been Seth Tuttle (14.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.7 apg), Wes Washpun (11.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.2 apg), and Paul Jesperson (7.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg). Northern Iowa is a solid defensive team as they are holding their opponents to an average of 57.6 ppg (ranked 24th) on 39.0% shooting (ranked 64th). Offensively, the Panthers average 68.2 ppg (ranked 178th) on 47.8% shooting (ranked 43rd). Northern Iowa protects the ball well on the offensive end as they currently only average 12.1 turnovers a game (ranked 70th).
The Jackrabbits are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games however, just 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games. The Panthers are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
South Dakota State have been playing some great basketball over the past few weeks and hung tough with a very tough Utah team. Northern Iowa is one of the best defensive teams in the country and really likes to control the pace of their game by working the ball around on offensive to get quality looks. I really like how UNI played recently, however I think that this is too many points to give up against a South Dakota team that has been playing well. I’m going with the Jackrabbits and the points in this one.