South Dakota Coyotes (26-7) at South Dakota State Jackrabbits (27-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Denny Sanford Premier Center)
The Line: South Dakota State Jackrabbits +1.5 -- Over/Under: 150 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The South Dakota Coyotes and South Dakota State Jackrabbits will face off in the finals of the Summit League Men’s Championship this Thursday night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
The 2-seed South Dakota Coyotes improved to 26-7 (11-3 Summit) on the season after defeating the Denver Pioneers, 76-58, last night. South Dakota came out of the gate hot in this one and had little trouble securing the victory in the 2nd half after the Coyotes took a 47-25 lead at halftime. South Dakota shot 52.7% from the field while holding Denver to just 32.8% shooting from the field and 15.0% (3-20) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Coyotes was Matt Mooney who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Going into their matchup against Denver, South Dakota was averaging 81.0 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Coyotes are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Dakota has been led by Matt Mooney (18.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.0 spg), Tyler Hagedorn (13.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.2 apg), Triston Simpson (8.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Trey Burch-Manning (8.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, South Dakota is holding their opponents to an average of 67.5 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Coyotes have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of 3.4.
The top-seeded South Dakota State Jackrabbits improved to 27-6 (13-1 Summit) on the season after easily defeated the North Dakota State Bison, 78-57, last night. South Dakota State, which is known for their explosive offense, put together one of their best defensive performances of the season and had no trouble pulling away for the victory after the Jackrabbits took a 38-20 lead at halftime. South Dakota State held North Dakota State to just 34.55 shooting from the field and 20.8% (5-24) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Jackrabbits was David Jenkins Jr. who had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. Going into their matchup against North Dakota State, South Dakota State is averaging 84.7 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Jackrabbits are averaging 10.6 three-pointers per game on 40.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Dakota State has been led by Mike Daum (23.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), David Jenkins Jr. (15.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg), Reed Tellinghuisen (12.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Tevin King (9.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.8 spg). Defensively, South Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 74.2 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Jackrabbits have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of 0.6.
The Coyotes are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Summit opponents and 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Jackrabbits are 12-3-1 ATS in their 16 Tuesday games and 28-11 ATS in their last 39 games overall.
South Dakota and South Dakota State split their regular season series as the South Dakota won by an 87-68 margin at home in late January while South Dakota State won by a 76-72 margin at home about two weeks ago.
This is going to be a great game tonight as they two teams were by far the best in the Summit League this season. South Dakota is the more balanced team as they can really get at you on both ends of the court however, South Dakota State has a ton of firepower on the offense end and will have the best player on the court in Mike Daum. I expect this game to come down to the wire however I just think the Jackrabbits offense and solid FT-shooting down stretch will be just too much for the Coyotes and South Dakota State gets their NCAA ticket punched. Take the Jackrabbits to win outright.
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