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South Dakota vs. Nebraska Omaha - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (11-6) at South Dakota Coyotes (9-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm (DakotaDome)

The Line: South Dakota Coyotes +1 -- Over/Under: 168 See the Latest Odds

TV: MDCO SN; ESPN College Extra

The Omaha Mavericks will travel to The DakotaDome to take on the South Dakota Coyotes this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Omaha Mavericks won their 5th straight game and improved to 11-6 (3-0 Summit) on the season after upsetting the North Dakota State Bison on the road, 91-82, this past Thursday. Omaha was able to get race out to a 43-30 lead at halftime and was able to hang on in the 2nd half to snap the Bison’s 31 home win streak. Omaha shot 54.1% from the field and shot 74.2% (23-31) from the FT line in the victory. The Mavericks allowed the Bison to shoot 48.3% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 15-8 margin. Leading the way for Omaha was Devin Patterson who had 32 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Mavericks have been led by David Patterson (17.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.9 apg), Jake White (16.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg), and Tre’Shawn Thurman (10.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 5.4 apg). Offensively, Omaha is averaging 85.5 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field and 29.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Mavericks average 5.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.04. Defensively, Omaha is allowing their opponents to average 78.8 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Mavericks average 7.7 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.7.

South Dakota vs. Nebraska Omaha - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Dakota Coyotes dropped to 9-8 (1-2 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the IPFW Mastodons, 85-65, this past Wednesday. IFPW used a 13-6 run early in the 2nd half to take a 60-39 lead over the Coyotes and South Dakota couldn’t get a big run the rest of the way to get into the game. South Dakota shot 41.3% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Coyotes allowed the Mastodons to shoot 52.4% from the field and was outrebounded by IPFW by a 43-30 margin. Leading the way for South Dakota was Shy McClelland who had 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Coyotes have been led by Tre Burnette (14.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 bpg), Casey Kasperbauer (13.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Shy McClelland (12.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, South Dakota is averaging 77.8 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field and 38.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Coyotes average 7.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.36. Defensively, South Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 81.1 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Coyotes have a rebound margin of -5.2 and a turnover margin of 1.6.

The Mavericks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Coyotes are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss.

This should be a high scoring affair in South Dakota as both of these teams are allowing about 80.0 ppg this season. Omaha has been outstanding as of late and showed how dangerous they can be offensively after their big win on the road against North Dakota State. South Dakota has been up and down this season but has an experienced team that can be difficult to play at home. I’m a bit torn on this one but I think I’m going to back Omaha as they seem to be the more consistent team and have been competitive on the road with a close loss at Colorado and their recent win at North Dakota State. Take Omaha to cover. 

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