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South Dakota vs. Denver - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Pioneers (6-8) at South Dakota Coyotes (12-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 4:30 pm (Sanford Coyote Sports Center)

The Line: South Dakota Coyotes -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: http://www.goyotes.com/watch/?Live=400&type=Live

The Denver Pioneers will travel to the Sanford Coyote Sports Center to take on the South Dakota Coyotes this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Denver Pioneers snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 6-8 on the season after defeating the D-II Mesa College Mavericks, 106-60, this past Thursday. Denver had little trouble finding ways to put points up on the scoreboard and easily pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 56-34 halftime lead. Denver shot 59.2% from the field and 46.7% (7-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Pioneers was Daniel Amigo who had 24 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, Denver is averaging 72.1 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Pioneers are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 67.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Denver has been led by Daniel Amigo (16.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.5 apg), Joe Rosga (15.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.7 apg), Jake Pemberton (10.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg), and Jake Krafka (4.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.4 apg). Defensively, Denver is allowing their opponents to average 71.4 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Pioneers have a rebound margin of 8.2 and a turnover margin of -5.8.

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South Dakota vs. Denver - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Dakota Coyotes improved to 12-4 on the season after defeating the D-III Northland College Lumberjacks, 88-42, on December 21st. South Dakota was outstanding on the defensive end throughout the game and had no trouble putting away the Lumberjacks after taking a 46-19 halftime lead. South Dakota shot 60.0% from the field while holding Northland College to just 26.8% shooting from the field and 20.6% (7-34) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Coyotes was Matt Mooney who had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. On the season, South Dakota is averaging 82.3 ppg on 49.0% shooting from the field. The Coyotes are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Dakota has been led by Matt Mooney (17.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.8 spg), Tyler Hagedorn (14.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 apg), Trey Burch-Manning (8.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Triston Simpson (7.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.7 apg). Defensively, South Dakota is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Coyotes have a rebound margin of 5.1 and a turnover margin of 2.8.

The Pioneers are 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Coyotes are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Summit League opponents.

Denver has shown this season that they can shoot the ball as the Pioneers rank 89th in FG% and 17th in 3P-FG%, however, the quality shooting hasn’t led to many points as the Pioneers rank just 237th in scoring offense. South Dakota comes into conference play as one of the favorites in the Summit League and has been outstanding on both sides of the ball this season as the Coyotes rank 50th in scoring offense, 40th in FG%, 76th in scoring defense, and 53rd in defensive FG%. Denver has some talent in Daniel Amigo and Joe Rosga, however the Pioneers are just 1-6 away from home this season and have been hurt by turnovers as they rank just 348th in turnover margin. South Dakota took care of business last season on their home court and as I just can’t trust the Pioneers to bring an all-around effort in this one, I’m taking South Dakota to cover this spread at home. 

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