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North Dakota State Bison vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/22/14

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (16-10) at North Dakota State Bison (20-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Bison Sports Arena)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: not listed

The North Dakota State Bison host the rival South Dakota State Jackrabbits with first in the Summit on the line.

South Dakota State has their fate in their own hands with a sweep of the final three games guaranteeing them a share of first in the Summit. The Jackrabbits have rattled off six consecutive victories with both ends of the floor contributing. The defense did the lion's share of the work in Saturday's 62-50 victory at Western Illinois where the Leathernecks were held to 32% from the field. That made the Jackrabbits 37% accuracy decisive when combined with a 26-16 edge at the stripe. Jordan Dykstra was unstoppable with 20 points aand 13 rebounds with Jake Bittle dropping 18 points and snagging eight boards while Cody Larson netted eleven points and posted seven yanks.

North Dakota State Bison vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/22/14

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At 9-2 North Dakota State is in the same position as rival SDSU except if they sweep the remaining three games on the slate they win the Summit League title outright and have the satisfaction of sweeping their biggest rival. The Bison have the ability to either score or defend and are very tough to deal with when both units are playing at a high level which we saw in Saturday's 75-59 decision at Nebraska-Omaha. The Bison sank shots at a 49% pace and held the Mavericks to less then 32% including 3-18 from the perimeter. Taylor Braun was a man among boys with 31 points, 15 rebounds and five assists while Lawrence Alexander and TrayVonn Wright combined for 21 with the starters accounting for all but eight points.

This is one of the biggest rivalries in the Summit with neither team wanting to lose it. I think North Dakota State is the team to beat but this is usually a hard fought contest so I'll take the valuable points...

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