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South Dakota vs. IUPU Fort Wayne - 2/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons (18-6) at South Dakota Coyotes (10-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm (DakotaDome)

The Line: South Dakota Coyotes -1 -- Over/Under: 158.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MDCO SN

The IPFW Mastodons will travel to The DakotaDome to take on the South Dakota Coyotes this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The IPFW Mastodons won their 2nd straight game and improved to 18-6 (7-2 Summit) on the season after defeating the Western Illinois Leathernecks, 88-67, this past Sunday. IPFW used a big second half in which they outscored Western Illinois by a 50-33 margin to secure the win. IPFW shot 55.9% from the field and 45.0% (9-20) from beyond the arc. The Mastodons held the Leathernecks to 41.0% shooting from the field and won the turnover battle by a 10-7 margin. Leading the way for IPFW was Max Landis who had 19 points, 6 assists, and 2 rebounds. On the season, the Mastodons have been led by Max Landis (17.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.6 apg), Mo Evans (16.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.1 spg), and John Konchar (12.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 spg). Offensively, IPFW is averaging 79.8 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field and 41.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Mastodons average 10.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.27. Defensively, IPFW is allowing their opponents to average 75.6 ppg on 45.0% shooting. The Mastodons have a rebound margin of 2.1 and 3.5 blocks per game.

South Dakota vs. IUPU Fort Wayne - 2/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Dakota Coyotes lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 10-13 (2-7 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Omaha Mavericks, 96-83, this past Saturday. South Dakota had no answers for the Mavericks on the defensive end and never had the lead throughout the 2nd half. South Dakota shot 43.5% from the field and just 13.3% (2-15) from beyond the arc. The Coyotes allowed the Mavericks to shoot 50.0% from the field and 40.0% (6-15) from three-point range. Leading the way for South Dakota was Tyler Flack who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Coyotes have been led by Casey Kasperbauer (13.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), Tre Burnette (12.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Shy McClelland (11.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.6 apg). Offensively, South Dakota is averaging 75.9 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field and 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Coyotes average 6.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.32. Defensively, South Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 79.6 ppg on 45.6% shooting. The Coyotes average 6.9 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.3.

The Mastodons are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and 38-13-2 ATS in their last 53 games overall. The Coyotes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game.

IPFW has been outstanding this season and have been one of the most dangerous teams from beyond the arc as they rank 9th in the country in 3P FG% and 10th in three-pointers per game. South Dakota has lost six of their last seven games however, have been competitive at home this season with close losses to South Dakota State and Omaha. IPFW suffered a major setback when they lost Mo Evans for the season due to eligibility issues, however, as South Dakota has one of the worst defensives in the country, I just don't think South Dakota should be the favorites in this one. I'm taking IPFW to win. 

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