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South Dakota vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (9-18) at South Dakota Coyotes (23-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 4:30 pm (Sanford Coyote Sports Center)

The Line: South Dakota Coyotes -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESFC

Coming up from Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Saturday, the Omaha Mavericks and the South Dakota Coyotes will be meeting up on the college basketball circuit. 

Omaha enters this one with a 9-18 record overall. The Mavericks had won two consecutive games, but dropped their last outing Wednesday to Denver. In that one, Omaha guard Daniel Norl put up 21 points. 

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South Dakota vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Leading the charge for Omaha this year is Zach Jackson with 18.1 PPG, and Norl is second with 13.0 PPG. Also in double-digits for the Mavericks are Mitchell Hahn (11.1 PPG; 7.4 RPG; 11 games) and JT Gibson (10.9 PPG). 

Over on the South Dakota side, they’re sitting at 23-6 on the year. The Coyotes have won their last five straight games, and took out Oral Roberts on Wednesday. In that one, South Dakota forward Tyler Hagedorn put up 20 points. 

Tops in scoring for the Coyotes this year is Matt Mooney with 17.3 PPG. The only other South Dakota player in double-digits for South Dakota is Hagedorn with 14.0 PPG and 6.1 RPG to his credit. 

Omaha is 2-5 ATS in the last seven Saturday games and 1-5 ATS in the last six overall. The Mavericks are also 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six versus the Summit. 

Meanwhile, the Coyotes are 4-0 ATS in their last four versus the Summit and 18-7-2 ATS in the last 27 following an ATS win. South Dakota is also 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 Saturday games and 36-15-3 ATS in their last 54 games overall. 

If Omaha didn’t give up as many points as they do (which is a lot), they’d be a pretty dangerous team. The Mavericks have surrendered 80 or more in six of their last eight outings, including an 85-71 loss to South Dakota on January 20. The Coyotes are on a roll right now and will probably do just as well at home here, but something tells me Omaha can sneak in a cover.

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