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South Dakota State vs. Western Illinois - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Illinois Leathernecks (7-6) at South Dakota State Jackrabbits (9-7)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Frost Arena)

The Line: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Western Illinois Leathernecks and South Dakota State Jackrabbits meet Wednesday at the Frost Arena.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks have won five of their last six games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Western Illinois is averaging 64.3 points on 38.5 percent shooting and is allowing 72.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Garret Covington is averaging 16.1 points and 3.4 rebounds while Jabari Sandifer is averaging 10.6 points and 4.9 assists. Mike Miklusak is grabbing 4.3 rebounds and J.C. Fuller is shooting 33.9 percent from the field. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are picking it up offensively by scoring 73 or more points in their last three games while they’re shooting 69.4 percent from the line and 33.1 percent from downtown on the season. Defensively, Western Illinois is forcing 12.9 turnovers and is holding teams to 33.3 percent shooting from deep.

South Dakota State vs. Western Illinois - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits hope to snap a four-game skid and play their first home game since Dec 13th. On the season, South Dakota State is averaging 69.2 points on 42.2 percent shooting and is allowing 70.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Deondre Parks is averaging 13.9 points and 4.2 rebounds while Cody Larson is averaging 13.6 points and 7.4 rebounds. George Marshall is the third player averaging double-digit points and Jake Bittle is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are a productive offensive team with at least six players averaging at least six points while they’re shooting 70.6 percent from the line and 34.5 percent from deep. Defensively, South Dakota State is forcing 11.6 turnovers and has allowed 72 or more points in six of its last eight games.

The Leathernecks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Jackrabbits are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 vs. Summit and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Leathernecks are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in South Dakota State and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have lost four straight and are a complete mess on the defensive side of the ball. Now oddmakers are giving them nearly double-digit chalk? No thanks. The best bet is probably avoiding this game altogether but if forced to pick, I'm taking the Leathernecks and the free points.

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Western Illinois Leathernecks +9

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