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North Dakota State vs. South Dakota - 2/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Dakota Coyotes (19-6) at North Dakota State Bison (12-11)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Scheels Center)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison +2 -- Over/Under: 143.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MDCO SN; ESPN College Extra

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

The South Dakota Coyotes improved to 19-6 (7-2 Summit) on the season after defeating the Western Illinois Leathernecks, 80-54, this past Thursday. South Dakota used a 15-0 rung to take a 39-21 lead late in the 1st half and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 70-39 lead with 10:07 left in regulation. South Dakota shot 47.5% from the field and held Western Illinois to just 29.8% shooting from the field and 31.6% (6-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Coyotes was Tyler Hagedorn who had 19 points, 9 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, South Dakota is averaging 80.4 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Coyotes are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Dakota has been led by Matt Mooney (17.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.2 spg), Tyler Hagedorn (14.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 apg), Triston Simpson (8.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Trey Burch-Manning (8.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.5 apg). Defensively, South Dakota is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Coyotes have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of 3.2.

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North Dakota State vs. South Dakota - 2/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Dakota State Bison had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-11 (4-4 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 82-63, this past Thursday. North Dakota State had no answers for the Jackrabbits, Mike Daum (31 points, 13 rebounds) and couldn’t fight back after trailing by a 57-41 margin with 11:43 left in regulation. North Dakota State shot just 25.9% (7-27) from beyond the arc and loss the turnover battle by a 13-6 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bison was Paul Miller who had 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and a block. On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 74.8 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Paul Miller (19.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.7 apg), Tyson Ward (10.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), Cameron Hunter (9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg), and A.J. Jacobson (8.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg). Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 70.2 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of 1.8 and a turnover margin of -2.9.

The Coyotes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Summit opponents and 16-5-2 ATS in their last 23 road games. The Bison are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

South Dakota bounced back from their worst loss of the season against Denver and still should be considered one of the favorites in the Summit Conference this season as the Coyotes rank 46th in scoring offense and 62nd in scoring defense. North Dakota State has lost 4 of their last 7 games and although the Bison are a threat to put up points from beyond the arc, North Dakota State have been just average on the defensive end this season as they rank 131st in scoring defense, 299th in blocks per game, and 321st in turnover margin. North Dakota State is not the same team at home as they were a few years ago as the Bison have already suffered three conference losses at home and as I think this spread is about 3-5 points to low, I’m taking South Dakota to cover this small road spread. 

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