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IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (17-7) at IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons (11-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Gates Sports Center)

The Line: IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will travel to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum to take on IPFW Mastodons this Thursday night.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits won their 8th straight game and improved to 17-7 (8-2 Summit) on the season after defeating the Denver Pioneers 69-39, this past Saturday. South Dakota State shot 59.5% from field and held Denver to just 33.3% shooting from the field. Leading the way for the Jackrabbits was George Marshall who had 20 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. South Dakota State is ranked 117th in the RPI Standings and has played the 248th ranked SOS. The Jackrabbits have been led by Deondre Parks (14.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Cody Larson (13.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.9 apg). Offensively, South Dakota State is averaging 73.2 ppg (ranked 58th) on 45.8% shooting (ranked 74th). The Jackrabbits average 7.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 87th) and shoot 70.8% from the free-throw line (ranked 99th). Defensively, South Dakota State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.8 ppg (ranked 108th) on 39.5% shooting (ranked 49th). The Jackrabbits average 26.42 defensive rpg (ranked 30th) and 4.2 bpg (ranked 92nd).

IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The IPFW Mastodons won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-11 (4-5 Summit) on the season after defeating the Omaha Mavericks, 75-65, this past Saturday. IPFW shot 44.6% from the field and outrebounded Omaha by a 36-26 margin. Leading the way for the Mastodons was Steve Forbes who had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. IPFW is ranked 246th in the RPI Standings and has played the 246th ranked SOS. On the season, the Mastodons have been led by Steve Forbes (14.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Joe Edwards (10.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, IPFW is averaging 69.0 ppg (ranked 140th) on 46.3% shooting (ranked 59th). The Mastodons average 6.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 143rd) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.12 (ranked 98th). Defensively, IPFW is allowing their opponents to average 66.8 ppg (ranked 185th) on 44.8% shooting (ranked 271st). The Mastodons average just 15.6 personal fouls per game (ranked 124th) and pull down an average of 24.77 defensive rpg (ranked 108th).

The Jackrabbits are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The Mastodons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the Summit League and 37-17-4 ATS in their last 58 games overall.

South Dakota State have been on an absolute roll as of late and I just don’t see their winning streak coming to end against IPFW. South Dakota State is a strong offensive team which I think will take advantage of a below average IPFW defensive. I think Cody Larson has a big game here and that the Jackrabbits will cover this small spread. Take South Dakota State to cover. 

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