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South Dakota vs. North Dakota State - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Dakota State Bison (8-7) at South Dakota Coyotes (14-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Sanford Coyote Sports Center)

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

TV: MDCO SN; ESPN 3

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

The North Dakota State Bison had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-7 (0-1 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 87-80, this past Wednesday night. North Dakota State had no answers for South Dakota State’s Mike Daum (37 points, 15 rebounds) and couldn’t fight back after a 17-4 Jackrabbits run gave South Dakota State a 64-55 lead with 13:48 left in regulation. North Dakota State allowed South Dakota State to shoot 50.9% from the field and 33.3% (7-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bison was Paul Miller who had 36 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 74.2 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 39.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Paul Miller (17.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.7 apg), Tyson Ward (10.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.7 apg), A.J. Jacobson (8.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Cameron Hunter (8.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg). Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 74.2 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of -2.5.

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South Dakota vs. North Dakota State  - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Dakota Coyotes won their 3rd straight game and improved to 14-4 (2-0 Summit) on the season after defeating the Western Illinois Leathernecks, 62-50, this past Wednesday night. South Dakota overcame a poor shooting night with a solid defensive effort and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 35-22 halftime lead. South Dakota held Western Illinois to 32.7% shooting from the field and 16.7% (4-24) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Coyotes was Trey Burch-Manning who had a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist. On the season, South Dakota is averaging 81.1 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field. The Coyotes are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Dakota has been led by Matt Mooney (17.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.9 spg), Tyler Hagedorn (13.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 apg), Trey Burch-Manning (8.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Triston Simpson (8.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.5 apg). Defensively, South Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 66.3 ppg on 40.0% shooting from the field. The Coyotes have a rebound margin of 5.4 and a turnover margin of 3.0.

The Bison are 12-26-1 ATS in their last 39 road games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Summit League opponents. The Coyotes are 10-3-1 ATS in their last Saturday games and 25-11-3 ATS in their last 39 games overall.

North Dakota State couldn’t pull a victory over in-state rival South Dakota State, however, the Bison have been solid this season as North Dakota State ranks 83rd in scoring defense, 78th in FG%, and 71st in defensive FG%. South Dakota is one of the best teams in the Summit League this season and come into this game ranked 60th in scoring offense and T-56th in scoring defense. South Dakota is a solid team, however, the Bison have one of the best players in the conference in Paul Miller and as I think the North Dakota State defense keeps this one close, I’m taking the Bison and the points.  

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