South Dakota vs. Southern Mississippi - 12/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Dakota vs. Southern Mississippi - 12/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (7-4) at South Dakota Coyotes (6-6)

College Basketball: Friday, December 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Sanford Coyote Sports Center)

The Line: South Dakota Coyotes -1.5 -- Over/Under: 126 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles will travel to the Sanford Coyote Sports Center to take on the South Dakota Coyotes this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 7-4 on the season after being defeated by the Kansas State Wildcats, 55-51, this past Wednesday night. Southern Mississippi went into halftime with a 31-19 lead however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after the Wildcats took a 51-44 lead with just 2:18 left in regulation. Southern Mississippi shot just 31.7% from the field and 21.2% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Cortez Edwards who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block.

On the season, Southern Mississippi is averaging 74.8 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern Mississippi has been led by Cortez Edwards (14.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.3 spg), Tyree Griffin (13.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 6.7 apg, 2.1 spg), Dominic Magee (10.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg), and LaDavius Draine (8.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg).

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Defensively, Southern Mississippi is holding their opponents to an average of 61.7 ppg on 39.1% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of 5.1.

The South Dakota Coyotes has their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-6 on the season after being defeated by the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks, 89-53 this past Tuesday night. South Dakota was competitive for much of the 1st half agianst the Jayhawks, however, had no answers defensively for the Kansas offense and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 61-47 margin with 8:33 left in regulation. South Dakota allowed Kansas to shoot 51.5% from the field and was outrebounded by the Jayhawks by a 42-31 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Coyotes was Stanley Umude who had 28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks.

On the season, South Dakota is averaging 66.2  ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Coyotes are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 29.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Dakota has been led by Trey Burch-Manning (12.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.8 spg), Tyler Peterson (12.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg), Triston Simpson (11.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.7 spg), and Stanley Umude (10.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 bpg).

Defensively, South Dakota is holding their opponents to an average of 64.9 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Coyotes have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of 2.4.

The Golden Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Coyotes are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games following a straight up loss and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 home games.

Southern Mississippi is in the beginning of a brutal 6-game road stretch however, even though they have lost their last two games, you have to be impressed by the Golden Eagles as they had chances to win both games at Wichita State & Kansas State. Southern Mississippi has been led by their defense that ranks 21st in scoring defense, 36th in defensive FG%, and 2nd in turnover margin. South Dakota is a very good team that will once agianst be one of the better teams in the Summit this season and has also been led by their defense that ranks t-49th in scoring defense. South Dakota is tough at home, however, as I think their 324th ranked scoring offense will struggle against the Golden Eagles defense, I’m taking Southern Mississippi and the points in this one.  

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Brett’s Pick Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles +1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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