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South Dakota State vs. East Tennessee State - 11/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Tennessee State Buccaneers (3-1) at South Dakota State Jackrabbits (1-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm (Sanford Pentagon)

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

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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and East Tennessee State Buccaneers will square off at the Sanford Pentagon this Saturday night in the Sanford Pentagon Showcase.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 1-5 on the season after being defeated by the UC Irvine Anteaters, 63-52, last night. South Dakota State couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end early in the is one and couldn’t fight back after being down by a 33-20 margin at halftime. South Dakota State shot just 25.5% from the field and 16.7% (5-30) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Jackrabbits Mike Daum who had a double-double with 23 points, 18 rebounds, and 3 steals. On the season, South Dakota State is averaging 69.4 ppg on 35.5% shooting from the field. The Jackrabbits are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 29.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Dakota State has been led by Mike Daum (19.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.3 apg), Reed Tellinghuisen (11.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.2 apg), A.J. Hess (8.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg), and Tevin King (5.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.5 spg). Defensively, South Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 80.0 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field.

South Dakota State vs. East Tennessee State - 11/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating the Milwaukee Panthers, 86-62, last night. East Tennessee State went into halftime with a 41-38 lead and used a 17-4 run to start the 2nd half to pull away and secure the victory. East Tennessee State shot 55.2% from the field and forced Milwaukee into committing 18 turnovers. Leading the way for the Buccaneers was David Burrell who had 12 points and 9 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench. On the season, East Tennessee State is averaging 87.3 ppg on 58.8% shooting from the field. The Jackrabbits are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 42.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, East Tennessee State has been led by T.J. Cromer (18.8 ppg, 4.0 apg), Devontavius Payne (11.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg), Hanner Mosquera-Perea (10.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.3 bpg), and A.J. Merriweather (8.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg). Defensively, East Tennessee State is allowing their opponents to average 68.3 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. East Tennessee State has been great on the boards as they have a rebound margin of 15.3.

The Jackrabbits are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Buccaneers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

South Dakota State has one of the best players in big-man Mike Dunn, however, the departure of head coach Scott Nagy and the loss of their great backcourt of Deondre Parks and George Marshall seem to have hit the Jackrabbits hard. East Tennessee State is an experienced team that knows how to score the basketball and as the Buccaneers are the top-ranked team when it comes to FG%, I think East Tennessee State will be able to do enough against South Dakota State to cover this mid-range spread. Take East Tennessee to cover.  

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East Tennessee State Buccaneers -6

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