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South Dakota State vs. North Dakota State - 3/8/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Dakota State Bison (20-12) at South Dakota State Jackrabbits (25-7)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)

The Line: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -6 -- Over/Under: 131.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The North Dakota State Bison will face off against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in the finals of the Summit League Men’s Championship this Tuesday night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

The North Dakota State Bison was able to fight back from an 18-point deficit to defeat the top-seeded IPFW Mastodons, 69-68, to advance to the Summit League Championship game for the 4th straight year. North Dakota State was able to get a lay-up from Carlin Dupree with 4-seconds left to give the Bison their first lead of the game and held on for the chance to earn their 3rd straight NCAA Tournament appearance. North Dakota State shot 50.0% from the field and 43.8% (7-16) from beyond the arc. The Bison held the Mastodons to 38.7% shooting from the field and 40.0% (14-35) from three-point range. Leading the way for North Dakota State was Carlin Dupree who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Bison have been led by Paul Miller (15.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), A.J. Jacobson (13.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Kory Brown (10.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg). Offensively, North Dakota State is averaging 69.1 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field and 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bison average 6.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.03. Defensively, North Dakota State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.3 ppg on 42.4% shooting. The Bison have a rebound margin of 1.6 and a turnover margin of 1.2. North Dakota State might be without their leading scoring Paul Miller who suffered an injury in their opening round matchup against Oral Roberts.

South Dakota State vs. North Dakota State - 3/8/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits was only able to score six total points in the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half but used a furious rally to comeback and beat the Denver Pioneers, 54-53, on Monday night. South Dakota State was up by a 30-22 margin at halftime but needed an 18-4 run over the last five minutes of the game to secure the victory and advance to the Summit League finals. South Dakota State struggled offensively in the victory as they shot just 33.3% from the field and 26.1% (6-23) from beyond the arc. The Jackrabbits held Denver to 40.0% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Pioneers by a 34-30 margin. Leading the way for the Jackrabbits was Mike Daum who had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Jackrabbits have been led by George Marshall (15.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.6 apg), Mike Daum (15.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg), and Deondre Parks (14.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.6 apg). Offensively, South Dakota State is averaging 77.3 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field and 36.1% from beyond the arc. The Jackrabbits average 7.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.96. Defensively, South Dakota State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.5 ppg on 41.6% shooting. The Jackrabbits have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of 0.3.

The Bison are 21-8 ATS in thier last 29 neutral site games and 2-5 ATS in thier last 7 games overall. THe Jackrabbits ar 5-2-1 ATS in thier last 8 Tuesday games and 1-4 ATS in thier last 5 neutral site games.

North Dakota State and South Dakota State will meet for the 2nd straight year in the Summit League Championship game for the chance to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. During the regular season, the Bison and Jackrabbits split their regular season series as both teams was able to win by a solid margin on their home courts. North Dakota State has struggled offensively at times this season however, have one of the better defensives in the country as they rank 24th in the country in scoring defense. South Dakota State was the favorite coming into the season to win the Summit and have a well-rounded team that ranks in the top-100 in both offensive and defensive FG%. I’m intrigued to see where the line ends up in this one as I believe it will be pretty close to a pick-em with how South Dakota State has struggled in the conference tournament however, I think the Jackrabbits will final be able to defeat their rival behind their solid backcourt and cover a small spread if their favored. Please check back for updates when the line is released.    

Update (10:38 AM EST) - This line is alot more than I expected South Dakota State would have to cover and although I like the Jackrabbits to get the win here, I'm going to go with the Bison to keep this one close enough to cover with the points. Take North Dakota State and the points in this one.

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North Dakota State Bison +6

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