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Denver Pioneers vs. South Dakota Coyotes - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Dakota Coyotes (6-9) at Denver Pioneers (7-7)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Magness Arena)

The Line: Denver Pioneers -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The South Dakota Coyotes will travel to Magness Arena to take on the Denver Pioneers this Sunday afternoon.

The South Dakota Coyotes dropped to 6-9 (0-1 Summit) after losing 86-77 to the Omaha Mavericks this past Friday. The Coyotes allowed the Mavericks to shoot 47.5% from the field and sent Omaha to free-throw line 30 times in the contest. Leading the way for the South Dakota was Brandon Bos who had 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.  On the season, the Coyotes have been led by Brandon Bos (16.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), Tyler Larson (16.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.6 apg), and Casey Kasperbauer (9.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg). Offensively, South Dakota is averaging 72.2 ppg (ranked 90th) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 261st). The Coyotes average 6.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 119th) on 35.6% shooting (ranked 118th). Defensively, South Dakota allow their opponents to score an average of 73.5 ppg (ranked 311st) on 43.3% shooting (ranked 108th). The Coyotes average 24.47 defensive rpg (ranked 155th) and 37.33 total rpg (ranked 91st).

Denver Pioneers vs. South Dakota Coyotes - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Denver Pioneers won their second straight game and improved to 7-7 (1-0 Summit) after defeating the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 76-69 this past Friday. The Pioneers shot 54.3% from the field and 55.0% (11-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Denver was Brett Olson who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Denver is ranked 210th in the RPI Standings and has played the 162nd SOS. On the season, The Pioneers have been led by Cam Griffin (12.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg), Brett Olson (12.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.1 apg), and Nate Engesser (11.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, Denver is averaging 64.4 ppg (ranked 256th) on 48.9% shooting (ranked 23rd). The Pioneers make an average of 8.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 27th) on 40.4% three-point shooting (ranked 17th). Defensively, Denver is allowing 63.3 ppg (ranked 123rd) on 46.9% shooting (ranked 321st). The Pioneers struggle on the boards as they are currently averaging 4.71 offensive rpg (ranked 345th), 19.5 defensive rpg (ranked 337th) and 24.21 total rpg (ranked 345th).

The Coyotes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games following a ATS loss. The Pioneers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.

The Denver Pioneers were one of the favorites in the Summit League going into the season and looked good against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits this past Friday. South Dakota has been competitive on the road against some decent teams this year (Stanford, Creighton, UNLV) and I think Denver laying double-digit points is a bit too much. I’m going to take the Coyotes and the points in this one.   

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