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South Dakota State vs. Western Illinois - 1/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Illinois Leathernecks (7-5) at South Dakota State Jackrabbits (12-3)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Frost Arena)

The Line: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3, MDCO SN

The Western Illinois Leathernecks will travel to Frost Arena to take on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 7-5 (0-1 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Omaha Pride, 82-80, this past Friday. Western Illinois had a 71-55 lead with just under 9 minutes left to play but allowed the Pride to finish on a 27-9 run to lose the game. Western Illinois shot 50.8% from the field and committed 19 turnovers in the loss. The Leathernecks allowed the Mavericks to shoot 45.8% from the field and was outrebounded by the Pride by a 34-32 margin. Leading the way for Western Illinois was Tate Stensgaard who had 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, the Leathernecks have been led by Garret Covington (17.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.2 apg), J.C. Fuller (16.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Jabari Sandifer (8.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.8 spg). Offensively, Western Illinois is averaging 56.1 ppg on 37.0% shooting from the field and 25.5% from beyond the arc. The Leathernecks average 5.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.51. Defensively, Western Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 70.9 ppg on 43.0% shooting. The Leathernecks have a rebound margin of -3.4 and a turnover margin of -4.9.

South Dakota State vs. Western Illinois - 1/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits won their 2nd straight game and improved to 12-3 (1-0 Summit) on the season after defeating the Denver Pioneers, 68-59, this past Friday. South Dakota State used a strong defensive effort in the 1st half to take a 31-21 halftime lead and withstood an early run in the 2nd half to pick up the victory. South Dakota State shot 40.0% shooting from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc. The Jackrabbits allowed the Pioneers to shoot 55.6% from the field and outrebounded Denver by a 29-22 margin. Leading the way for South Dakota State was Ian Theisen who had 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Jackrabbits have been led by Deondre Parks (17.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg), George Marshall (12.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg), and Jake Bittle (11.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, South Dakota State is averaging 77.2 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field and 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Jackrabbits average 7.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.90. South Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 66.2 ppg on 40.1% shooting. The Jackrabbits have a rebound margin of 5.4 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

The Leathernecks are 11-24 ATS in their last 35 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win. The Jackrabbits are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.

Western Illinois continues to struggled dropping 4 of their last 5 games while allowing their opponents to average 80.25 ppg in the four losses. South Dakota State allowed Denver to hang around longer than expected but still should be the Summit favorites this season with its great backcourt duo of Deondre Parks and George Marshall.  Western Illinois has some tough games on the road as of late but they’ve been competitive and I just think that the Jackrabbits are giving up too many points in this one. I’m taking Western Illinois to cover. 

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