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South Dakota State vs. Missouri State - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Missouri State Bears (6-2) at South Dakota State Jackrabbits (7-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Sanford Pentagon)

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

TV: MDCO SN; KOZLZ-27; NBC Sports Chicago Plus; MiCo SN2

The Missouri State Bears will travel to Sanford Pentagon to take on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Missouri State Bears won their 4th straight game and improved to 6-2 on the season after defeating the Colorado State Rams, 77-67, this past Tuesday. Missouri State was outstanding on both ends of the court in the 1st half, taking a 42-26 halftime lead, and held off a late Colorado State charge to secure the victory. Missouri State held Colorado State to 35.9% shooting from the field and 17.4% (4-23) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Bears was Ryan Kreklow who had 20 points, 1 rebound, and a steal in 32 minutes from off the bench. On the season, Missouri State is averaging 74.4 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 5.1 three-pointers per game on 29.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Missouri State has been led by Alize Johnson (12.9 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.5 apg), J.T. Miller (10.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.5 apg), Reggie Scurry (9.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg), and Ryan Kreklow (8.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Missouri State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.6 ppg on 36.9% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 8.1 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

South Dakota State vs. Missouri State - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits won their 4th straight game and improved to 7-2 on the season after defeating the Ole Miss Rebels, 99-97 in OT, this past Tuesday. South Dakota State allowed Ole Miss to fight back and force OT after having a 20-point lead at halftime, however, the Jackrabbits were able to still pull out a victory after a high-scoring overtime period. South Dakota State shot 47.3% from the field and 43.9% (18-41) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Jackrabbits was Mike Daum who had 26 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist. On the season, South Dakota State is averaging 81.2 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Jackrabbits are averaging 11.2 three-pointers per game on 41.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Dakota State has been led by Mike Daum (20.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), David Jenkins Jr. (15.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.3 apg), Reed Tellinghuisen (11.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Tevin King (8.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, South Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Jackrabbits have a rebound margin of 6.9 and a turnover margin of -1.4.

The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. The Jackrabbits are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 home games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.

Missouri State picked up a nice win against Colorado State and has been led by their defense that ranks 43rd in scoring defense and 20th in defensive FG%. South Dakota State has one of the best big men in the country in Mike Daum and have been solid on the offensive end as the Jackrabbits rank 85th in scoring offense, T-18th in three-pointers made per game, and 32nd in 3P-FG%. I was orginally thinking about taking Missouri State in this one as I expected them to be getting 5-8 points, however, I think this spread is just too low for a good South Dakota State team that generally plays well at home. Take the Jackrabbits to cover. 

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