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South Dakota State vs. Western Illinois - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Illinois Leathernecks (11-13) at South Dakota State Jackrabbits (22-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Frost Arena)

The Line: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Western Illinois Leathernecks will travel to Frost Arena to take on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-13 (2-9 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Fort Wayne Mastodons, 90-74, this past Wednesday. Western Illinois had no answers on the defensive end for Fort Wayne and couldn’t fight back after the Mastodons took an 81-61 lead with just 5:30 left in regulation. Western Illinois allowed Fort Wayne to shoot 52.4% from the field and 45.5% (10-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Leathernecks was Isaac Johnson who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. On the season, Western Illinois is averaging 73.2 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Leathernecks are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Illinois has been led by Kobe Webster (16.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.8 apg), Dalan Ancrum (14.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), Brandon Gilbeck (11.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.7 bpg), and C.J. Duff (8.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.0 apg). Defensively, Western Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 70.8 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Leathernecks have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of -0.9.

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South Dakota State vs. Western Illinois - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits won their 5th consecutive game and improved to 22-6 (10-1 Summit) on the season after defeating the Oral Roberts Golden Griffins, 85-75, this past Saturday. South Dakota State dominated Oral Roberts on both ends of the court in the 1st half and cruised to victory after taking a 69-45 lead with 8:50 left in regulation. South Dakota State shot 52.7% from the field and 45.5% (10-22) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Jackrabbits was Mike Daum who had a double-double with 27 points and 14 rebounds. On the season, South Dakota State is averaging 85.3 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Jackrabbits are averaging 10.7 three-pointers per game on 40.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Dakota State has been led b Mike Daum (23.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), David Jenkins Jr. (15.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg), Reed Tellinghuisen (12.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Tevin King (9.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.9 spg). Defensively, South Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Jackrabbits have a rebound margin of 3.7 and a turnover margin of 0.5.

The Leathernecks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss however, are just 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games. The Jackrabbits are 10-2 ATS in their l12 Saturday games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Western Illinois has lost 6 of their last 7 games and come into this matchup ranked 205th in scoring offense and 139th in scoring defense. South Dakota State has won 13 of their last 14 games and has been led by their offense that ranks 10th in scoring offense, 47th in FG%, 13th in 3P-FG%, and 25th in FT%. South Dakota State had no trouble putting up points against Western Illinois in their 98-70 victory on the road earlier this season and as I just don’t see how the Leathernecks will be able to stop the duo of Mike Daum and David Jenkins Jr., I’m taking the Jackrabbits to cover this large home spread. 

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