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Denver Pioneers vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits - 1/2/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (9-5) at Denver Pioneers (6-7)

College Basketball: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Magness Arena)

The Line: Denver Pioneers -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Root Sports

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will travel to Magness Arena to take on the Denver Pioneers this Friday night.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits dropped to 9-5 on the season after losing 74-63 to the 23rd ranked Northern Iowa Panthers this past Sunday. The Jackrabbits allowed the Panthers to shoot 57.8% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from long range. Leading the way for South Dakota State was George Marshall who had 16 points and 3 rebounds in the loss. The Jackrabbits are ranked 141st in the RPI Standings and has played the 219th ranked SOS. On the season, South Dakota State has been led by Deondre Parks (13.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.0 apg), George Marshall (13.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Cody Larson (13.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, the Jackrabbits are averaging 71.9 ppg (ranked 96th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 156th). South Dakota State does a nice job protecting the ball as they only commit an average of 12.0 turnovers per game. Defensively, the Jackrabbits are allowing 66.6 ppg (ranked 193rd) on 40.9% shooting (ranked 128th).

Denver Pioneers vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits - 1/2/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Denver Pioneers snapped a two game losing streak to improve to 6-7 on the season after defeating the Saint Joseph’s Hawks 77-73 in overtime this past Monday.  Denver came back from a 7 point halftime deficit and shot an impressive 55.6% (10-18 3PM-A) from long range. Leading the way for the Pioneers was Brett Olson who had 27 points (5-6 3PM-A), 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Denver is ranked 228th in the RPI Standings and has played the 172nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Pioneers have been led by Cam Griffin (13.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.8 apg), Brett Olson (12.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.2 apg), and Marcus Bryd (8.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, Denver is averaging 63.5 ppg (ranked 270th) on 48.4% shooting (ranked 28th). Denver averages 8.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 33rd) on 39.3% three-point shooting (ranked 28th). Defensively, the Pioneers are allowing 62.8 ppg (ranked 115th) on 47.0% shooting (ranked 321st). Denver will look to do a better job on the boards as they are getting outrebounded by an average of 5.7 rpg (ranked 326th).

The Jackrabbits are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS win. The Pioneers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss, however just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Denver is an experienced team that likes to decimate the pace of the game and work for good shots on the offensive end.  Although South Dakota State lost their last two games, they were both competitive at Utah and at Northern Iowa. I think this will be a close game and I will probably stay away from it but if I had to pick one, I’d take the Jackrabbits and the points. Good Luck!

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