IPFW vs. South Dakota State - 2/18/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IPFW vs. South Dakota State - 2/18/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (12-16) at IPFW Mastodons (18-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum)

The Line: IPFW Mastodons -8 -- Over/Under: 163

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and Fort Wayne Mastodons meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits need a bounce back win after splitting their last 10 games. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are averaging 76.4 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 77.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Mike Daum is averaging 23.9 points and 7.9 rebounds while Reed Tellinghuisen is averaging 11.9 points and 1.8 assists. A.J. Hess is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Howell is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have lost five of their last six road games.

The Fort Wayne Mastodons also need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Fort Wayne Mastodons are averaging 87.9 points on 49.7 percent shooting and allowing 77.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Mo Evans is averaging 17.6 points and 3.1 rebounds while Bryson Scott is averaging 16.5 points and 2.3 assists. John Konchar is the third double-digit scorer and Kason Harrell is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Fort Wayne Mastodons are shooting 41.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Fort Wayne Mastodons are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game. The Fort Wayne Mastodons have won six of their last seven home games.

The Jackrabbits are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mastodons are 34-14-3 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Jackrabbits are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in IUPU - Ft. Wayne and 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.

South Dakota State did beat Fort Wayne earlier this season, but the Masodons are the better team overall, are deadly offensively and need to keep winning games if they hope to lockup an NCAA Tournament bid. If the Jackrabbits aren't hitting their outside shots, they'll be in trouble in the contest.

Randy’s Pick IPFW Mastodons -8

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.