Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits - 12/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Dakota State Jackrabbits (9-1) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Supermarkets Arena)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Texas Tech Red Raiders Sports Network
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will travel to United Supermarkets Arena to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits won their 3rd straight game an improved to 9-1 (0-0 Summit) on the season after defeating the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 86-68, this past Sunday. The Jackrabbits scored an impressive 51 points in the 1st half and used a 18-6 run early in the 2nd half to take control of the game and secure the win. South Dakota State shot 58.3% from the field and 45.0% (9-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Jackrabbits held the Gauchos to 44.6% shooting from the field and just 11.1% (2-18) from three-point range. Leading the way for South Dakota State was Deondre Parks who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, the Jackrabbits have been led by Deondre Parks (17.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg), George Marshall (12.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 apg), and Jake Bittle (12.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.3 apg). Offensively, South Dakota State is averaging 80.7 ppg on 48.9% shooting from the field and 38.8% shooting from three-point range. The Jackrabbits average 8.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.97. Defensively, South Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 64.3 ppg on 37.2% shooting from the field. The Jackrabbits currently have a rebound margin of 5.1 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders won their 5th straight game and improved to 6-1 (0-0 Big-12) on the season after defeating the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks, 68-49, this past Wednesday. The Red Raiders jumped all over the Skyhawks early in this one taking a 39-16 advantage by halftime and never let Tennessee-Martin get within 10 points in the 2nd half. Texas Tech shot 41.5% from the field and forced the Tennessee-Martin into committing 17 turnovers in the victory. The Red Raiders held the Skyhawks to just 33.3% shooting from the field and 29.2% (7-24) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Texas Tech was Toddrick Gotcher who had 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, the Red Raiders have been led by Devaugntah Williams (16.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Toddrick Gotcher (10.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg), and Zach Smith (9.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.1 bpg). Offensively, Texas Tech is averaging 73.7 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field and 27.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Red Raiders average 5.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 2.3. Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing their opponents to average 66.4 ppg on 38.8% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders currently have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of 2.3.
The Jackrabbits are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
South Dakota State lost their star big man Cody Larsen from last year’s team, but still come into this season as a very dangerous team with an outstanding backcourt led by Deondre Parks, George Marshall, and Jake Bittle. Texas Tech has had a great start under Tubby Smith and although they don’t have much outside of Devaugntah Williams, they are a very experienced team that plays hard in every game. Texas Tech will be able to keep this one close, but I think the Jackrabbits are just the more talented team in this one and their great backcourt will be able to pick up a win on road. Take South Dakota State and the points.