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South Dakota vs. Drake - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake Bulldogs (4-3) at South Dakota Coyotes (7-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Sanford Coyote Sports Center)

The Line: South Dakota Coyotes -8.5 -- Over/Under: 149 See the Latest Odds

TV: MCDO SN; ESPN College Extra

The Drake Bulldogs will travel to the Sanford Coyote Sports Center to take on the South Dakota Coyotes this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Drake Bulldogs lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-3 on the season after being defeated by the Wyoming Cowboys, 96-89 in 2OT, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game, Drake couldn’t pull off the victory after they allowed the Cowboys to open the 2nd OT on an 8-2 run which gave Wyoming a 90-84 lead with 1:37 left in regulation. Drake shot 39.5% from the field and 35.3% (6-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Reed Timmer who had a double-double with 28 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, Drake is averaging 84.3 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 10.0 three-pointers per game on 42.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Drake has been led by Reed Timmer (22.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.3 apg), Graham Woodward (13.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.3 apg), Nick McGlynn (13.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.1 apg), and De’Antae McMurray (12.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Drake is allowing their opponents to average 77.1 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

South Dakota vs. Drake - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Dakota Coyotes had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-3 on the season after being defeated by the top-seeded Duke Blue Devils, 96-80, this past Saturday. South Dakota had no answers for the offensive firepower of the Blue Devils and couldn’t fight back after trailing by a 56-30 margin at halftime. South Dakota allowed Duke to shoot 55.6% from the field and was outrebounded by the Blue Devils by a 48-24 margin. Leading the way for the Coyotes was Tyler Hagedorn who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, South Dakota is averaging 81.2 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field. The Coyotes are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 37.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Dakota has been led by Matt Mooney (16.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.4 spg), Tyler Hagedorn (13.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.2 bpg), Triston Simpson (8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.2 apg), and Carlton Hurst (7.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 apg). Defensively, South Dakota is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 39.0% shooting from the field. The Coyotes have a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of 2.6.

The Bulldogs are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record however, are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Coyotes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.

Drake has played better than expected so far this season, led by their offensive that ranks 47th in scoring offense, T-36th in three-pointers made per game and 19th in 3P-FG%. South Dakota is one of the best teams in the Summit this season, and have been solid on both ends of the court as the Coyotes rank 79th in scoring offense and 81st in scoring defense. South Dakota is a talented team that should win this game, however, Drake has played well against quality opponents this season and as they have the three-point shooting to put up points in the hurry, I’m taking Drake to cover with the points.   

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