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South Dakota vs. Western Illinois - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Illinois Leathernecks (8-12) at South Dakota Coyotes (10-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (DakotaDome)

The Line: South Dakota Coyotes -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Western Illinois Leathernecks and South Dakota Coyotes meet Thursday at The DakotaDome.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks need to get back in the win column after losing six of their last seven games. On the season, Western Illinois is averaging 60.7 points on 38.2 percent shooting and is allowing 69.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Garret Covington is averaging 14.8 points and 3.8 rebounds while J.C. Fuller is averaging 10.3 points and 2.3 assists. Jabari Sandifer is dishing 4.7 assists and Jamie Batish is shooting 43.9 percent from the field. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have six players averaging at least 6.3 points, and they’re shooting 69.4 percent from the line and 34.5 percent from downtown. Defensively, Western Illinois is allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in four of its last six games.

South Dakota vs. Western Illinois - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Dakota Coyotes hope to get back to .500 in Summit play after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, South Dakota is averaging 68.5 points on 40.5 percent shooting and is allowing 71.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Tyler Larson is averaging 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds while Brandon Bos is averaging 14.3 points and two assists. Casey Kasperbauer is the third player averaging double-digit points and Tre Burnette is grabbing five rebounds. The South Dakota Coyotes have seven players averaging at least five points, and they’re shooting 73.3 percent from the line and 35.5 percent from downtown. Defensively, South Dakota is allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in five of its last seven games.

The Leathernecks are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Coyotes are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Leathernecks are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks have made for great fade material all season long, as they've covered just seven of their last 26 road games. No thanks. Look for South Dakota to roll in this one. 

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South Dakota Coyotes -8.5

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