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Denver vs. South Dakota State - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (20-6) at Denver Pioneers (10-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Magness Arena)

The Line: Denver Pioneers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Altitude2

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will travel to Magness Arena to take on the Denver Pioneers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits won their 3rd straight game and improved to 20-6 (8-1 Summit) on the season after defeating he North Dakota State Bison, 82-63, this past Thursday. South Dakota State led by a 37-32 margin at halftime and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 61-44 lead with just 9:14 left in regulation. South Dakota State shot 43.1% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 13-6 margin. Leading the way for the Jackrabbits was Mike Daum who had a double-double with 31 points and 13 rebounds. On the season, South Dakota State is averaging 85.5 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Jackrabbits are averaging 10.7 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. Offensively, South Dakota State has been led by Mike Daum (23.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.5 apg), David Jenkins Jr. (15.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.7 apg), Reed Tellinghuisen (12.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Tevin King (9.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.8 spg). Defensively, South Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 74.5 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Jackrabbits have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of 0.3.

Denver vs. South Dakota State - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Denver Pioneers had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-13 (4-5 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Fort Wayne Mastodons, 91-63, this past Saturday. Denver had all sorts of issues protecting the basketball against the Fort Wayne defense and couldn’t fight back after a 10-0 Mastodons run gave Fort Wayne a 69-41 lead with 9:35 left in regulation. Denver allowed Fort Wayne to shoot 52.3% from the field and committed 20 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Pioneers was Joe Rosga who had 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, Denver is averaging 71.8 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Pioneers are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 41.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Denver has been led by Joe Rosga (15.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.9 apg), Daniel Amigo (14.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.7 apg), Jake Pemberton (11.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Denver is allowing their opponents to average 73.3 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Pioneers have a rebound margin of 6.0 and a turnover margin of -4.7.

The Jackrabbits are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Pioneers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games however, are just 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games overall.

South Dakota State has won 11 of their last 12 games and have been led by their offense that ranks 9th in scoring offense, 46th in FG%, and 14th in 3P-FG%. Denver has had a disappointing season to date as although they have some great talent in their starting five, the Pioneers come into this game ranked just 241st in scoring offense and 211th in scoring defense. Denver had a great duo in Joe Rosga and Daniel Amigo, however, the Jackrabbits have the best player in the Summit in Mike Daum and as Jackrabbits have been decent on the road this season, I’m taking South Dakota State to cover this spread. 

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