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Nebraska Omaha vs. South Dakota - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Dakota Coyotes (11-14) at Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (8-15)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Ralston Sports and Event Center)

The Line: Nebraska Omaha Mavericks -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The South Dakota Coyotes and Omaha Mavericks meet Thursday at the Ralston Sports and Events Center.

The South Dakota Coyotes could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. On the season, South Dakota is averaging 67.9 points on 40.9 percent shooting and is allowing 70.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Brandon Bos is averaging 14.2 points and 2.2 assists while Tyler Larson is averaging 14.1 points and 7.8 rebounds. Tre Burnette is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Casey Kasperbauer is shooting 42.2 percent from the field. The South Dakota Coyotes have four players averaging at least 7.2 points, and they’re shooting 72.8 percent from the line and 35.1 percent from deep. Defensively, South Dakota is allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in four of its last six games.

Nebraska Omaha vs. South Dakota - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Omaha Mavericks have lost four straight games and are last in the Summit. On the season, Omaha is averaging 75.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting and is allowing 79.6 points on 48.6 percent shooting. CJ Carter is averaging 17 points and 2.7 assists while Marcus Tyus is averaging 13 points and 3.7 rebounds. Devin Patterson is dishing four assists and Mike Rostampour is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Omaha Mavericks have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.5 percent from the line and 34.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Omaha is allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 75 or more points in eight of its last 10 games.

The Coyotes are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mavericks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

I don't like laying chalk with a team that doesn't play a lick of defense, and that's Omaha. The best bet is probably staying away from this all together but if forced to pick, I'd side with South Dakota and the points, as this is more of a fade from the Mavs and their horrible defense. 

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South Dakota Coyotes +5

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