South Dakota vs. North Dakota - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Dakota vs. North Dakota - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

North Dakota Fighting Hawks (13-17) at South Dakota Coyotes (20-11)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)

The Line: South Dakota Coyotes -5.5 -- Over/Under: 157.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The North Dakota Fighting Hawks and the South Dakota Coyotes meet in college basketball action from Denny Sanford Premier Center on Sunday. 

Coming into this Summit League Tournament matchup, North Dakota is 13-17 on the year. Over their last four games, North Dakota is just 1-3, beating North Dakota State while otherwise falling to South Dakota State, Omaha and South Dakota in that stretch of outings.  

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In the loss to South Dakota on February 29, North Dakota’s leading scorer was Marlon Stewart with 19 points, three assists and one rebound. Filip Rebraca doubled up there for South Dakota, notching 17 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. 

Over on the South Dakota side, they’re 20-11 this year. After a three-game losing streak to Oral Roberts, North Dakota State and South Dakota State, South Dakota got a win over North Dakota their last time out. 

In the win over North Dakota, South Dakota’s Tyler Peterson led the way on 17 points, three assists and two rebounds. Triston Simpson added 15 points and three assists there, and Tyler Hagedorn and Stanley Umude each posted 14 points. 

South Dakota is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 overall and 2-6 ATS in their last eight neutral-site games. The over is 25-12 in South Dakota’s last 37 overall and 4-0 in their last four neutral-site games. 

Meanwhile, North Dakota is 1-7 ATS in their last eight Sunday games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 after an ATS loss. North Dakota is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 overall and 9-2-1 ATS in the last 12 neutral-site games. 

This is one of those interesting tournament matchups where the featured teams just recently played each other. That’s not great news for North Dakota, who lost February 29 on the road 77-67. That also halted a four-game stretch with 71 or more points in each outing for North Dakota. 

As for South Dakota, they’ve been scoring well lately but every time they’ve played someone other than North Dakota they give up a ton of points on the other side. If the South Dakota defense is lax once again this matchup could get messy, but all things considered I still feel better with the Coyotes on the cover. 

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Andrew’s Pick South Dakota Coyotes -5.5

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