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IPFW vs. South Dakota State - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (20-6) at IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons (20-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum)

The Line: IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons +4 -- Over/Under: 153 See the Latest Odds

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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will travel to Allen County War Memorial Coliseum to take on the IPFW Mastodons this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits improved to 20-6 (9-3 Summit) on the season after defeating the South Dakota Coyotes, 85-68, this past Saturday. South Dakota State was able to jump all over South Dakota and never led by less than double-digits after taking a 35-24 lead with just over 4 minutes remaining in the 1st half. South Dakota State shot 43.1% from the field and 90.3% (28-31) from the FT line in the victory. The Jackrabbits held the Coyotes to 40.0% shooting from the field and outrebounded South Dakota by a 38-31 margin. Leading the way for South Dakota State was George Marshall who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Jackrabbits have been led by Deondre Parks (15.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), George Marshall (15.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg), and Mike Daum (14.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg). Offensively, South Dakota State is averaging 77.4 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field and 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Jackrabbits average 7.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.97. Defensively, South Dakota State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.2 ppg on 41.2% shooting. The Jackrabbits have a rebound margin of 5.1 and a turnover margin of 0.7.

IPFW vs. South Dakota State - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The IPFW Mastodons improved to 20-7 (9-3 Summit) on the season after defeating the Denver Pioneers, 88-84, this past Saturday. IPFW had a 35-31 halftime lead and held off the Pioneers for the victory after taking a 76-64 lead with just under a minute to play. IPFW was impressive on the offensive end as they shot 62.2% from the field and 66.7% (12-18) from beyond the arc. The Mastodons allowed the Pioneers to shoot 59.3% from the field and 62.5% (20-32) from three-point range. Leading the way for IPFW was Max Landis who had 30 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, the Mastodons have been led by Max Landis (18.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.6 apg), John Konchar (12.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.7 spg), and Joe Reed (10.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.1 apg). Offensively, IPFW is averaging 79.4 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field and 42.2% shooting form beyond the arc. The Mastodons average 10.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.25. Defensively, IPFW is allowing their opponents to average 75.7 ppg on 45.4% shooting. The Mastodons have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

The Jackrabbits are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mastodons are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.

South Dakota State came into the season as the Summit League favorite and hasn’t disappointed as they are probably the most well-rounded team in the Summit as they rank 85th in the country in scoring offense and 93rd in scoring defense. IPFW has an outstanding offense and can light it up behind the arc as they rank 5th in the country in 3P FG% and 7th in three-pointers per game. South Dakota State has struggled a bit on the road posting a 7-6 record and although IPFW doesn’t have Mo Evans (16.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.1 apg) due to injury, they’ve continued to win without him and I think they’ll be able to keep this one close enough to cover with the points. Take IPFW and the points.  

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