Nebraska Omaha vs. South Dakota State - 2/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Dakota State Jackrabbits (19-5) at Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (15-10)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Baxter Arena)
The Line: Nebraska Omaha Mavericks +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MDCO SN; ESPN College Extra
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will travel to Baxter Arena to take on the Omaha Mavericks this Wednesday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The South Dakota State won their 5th straight game and improved to 19-5 (8-2 Summit) on the season after defeating the IUPUI Jaguars, 80-58, this past Saturday. IUPUI withstood an early run from IUPUI in the 2nd half and never trailed by less than double-digits after taking a 51-40 lead with just over 14 minutes remaining in the game. South Dakota State shot 52.5% from the field and 33.3% (6-18) from beyond the arc. The Jackrabbits held the Jaguars to 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc and 21.4% (3-14) from three-point range. Leading the way for South Dakota State was Deondre Parks who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, and a block. On the season, the Jackrabbits have been led by Deondre Parks (16.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 apg), George Marshall (15.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Mike Daum (13.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg). South Dakota State is averaging 76.5 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field and 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Jackrabbits average 7.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.98. Defensively, South Dakota State is holding their opponents to average 67.0 ppg on 40.5% shooting. The Jackrabbits have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover ratio of 0.6.
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The Omaha Mavericks lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 15-10 (7-4 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Denver Pioneers, 75-72, this past Saturday. Omaha fought back from a late 64-54 deficit to tie the game at 68 with just under two minutes to play, however couldn’t get key defensive stops from there and allowed the Pioneers to pull out the win. Omaha shot 41.1% from the field and won the turnover battle by an 18-9 margin. The Mavericks allowed the Pioneers to shoot 42.1% (8-19) from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by Denver by a 39-25 margin. Leading the way for Omaha was Devin Patterson who had 26 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, the Mavericks have been led by Devin Patterson (18.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.3 apg), Jake White (17.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg), and Tre’Shawn Thurman (14.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 bpg). Offensively, Omaha is averaging 84.3 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field and 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Mavericks average 5.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.07. Defensively, Omaha is allowing their opponents to average 79.2 ppg on 44.2% shooting. The Mavericks have a rebound margin of -0.5 and a turnover margin of 2.5.
The Jackrabbits are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 35-16 ATS in their last 51 vs. Summit opponents. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss however just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
South Dakota State got their revenge against IUPUI after a surprising loss to the Jaguars earlier this season and has shown during their winning streak why they were a popular pick to win the Summit this season. Omaha has had a great season but has suffered a setback as of late with losses against Western Illinois and Denver and has struggled offensively in those matchups as they averaged just 74 ppg compared to their season average of 84 ppg. South Dakota State is a strong defensive team and as Omaha has been just average at home this season (6-4 home record), I think Deondre Parks and South Dakota State will be able to continue their win streak and cover this small spread. Take South Dakota State to cover.