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North Dakota State Bison vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (9-6) at North Dakota State Bison (9-5)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Scheels Arena)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will travel to Scheels Arena to take on the North Dakota State Bison this Sunday night.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits dropped to 9-6 (0-1 Summit) on the season after losing 76-69 to the Denver Pioneers this past Friday. The Jackrabbits allowed the Pioneers to shoot 54.3% from the field and 55.0% from the beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for South Dakota State was Jake Bittle who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Jackrabbits have been led by Deondre Parks (13.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg), Cody Larson (13.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg), and George Marshall (13.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg). Offensively, South Dakota State is averaging 71.7 ppg (ranked 101st) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 158th). The Jackrabbits average 7.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 97th). South Dakota State protects the ball well on offensive as they only commit 11.9 turnovers per game (ranked 62nd). Defensively, South Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 67.2 ppg (ranked 204th) on 41.6% shooting (ranked 151st). The Jackrabbits average 4.4 bpg (ranked 90th).  South Dakota State averages 35.6 total rpg (ranked 153rd).

North Dakota State Bison vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Dakota State Bison won their 3rd straight contest and improved to 9-6 (1-0 Summit) on the season after defeating the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 72-66 this past Friday. The Bison shot 50.0% (11-22) from beyond the arc and 95.0% (19-20) from the free-throw line. Leading the way for North Dakota State was Lawrence Alexander who had 31 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist. On the season, the Bison have been led by Lawrence Alexander (17.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), A.J. Jacobson (10.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Kory Brown (9.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg). North Dakota State is averaging 64.3 ppg (ranked 262nd) on 40.9% shooting (ranked 272th). The Bison average 7.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 87th) on 36.9% shooting (ranked 78th). Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing an average of 62.1 ppg (ranked 94th) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 170th). The Bison are allowing their opponents to shoot 38.8% from beyond the arc (ranked 321st). North Dakota State averages 25.14 defensive rpg (ranked 119th) and 34.14 total rpg (ranked 216th).

The Jackrabbits are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Bison are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

North Dakota State had a great run in 2013-14 which included a NCAA appearance and victory over Oklahoma however, lost their 3 most important players from last year’s squad. I think the Jackrabbits will be able to utilize the long ball against a weak Bison three-point defense and that this came will come down to the wire. I’m going to take the Jackrabbits and the points in this one. 

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