West Virginia Mountaineers (0-0) at South Dakota State Jackrabbits (0-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Sanford Pentagon)
The Line: South Dakota State Jackrabbits +9 -- Over/Under: 146 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The West Virginia Mountaineers and South Dakota State Jackrabbits face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at Sanford Pentagon.
West Virginia still has Bob Huggins as coach and last season he led the team to a 21-10 record and they went 9-9 during conference play. Huggins has built something special in Morgantown and it looks like this year's team could be special again. Huggins wants to focus on defense and even though the defense wasn’t elite last season, they forced a ton of turnovers, and in this game, look for them to run their full court press. This is a West Virginia squad that is going to play a team-first style but power forward Derek Culver looks like he is in line to have a big season. Last season he averaged 10.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. If there is a rebound that is to be had, Culver is the guy who is usually going to grab it. Center Oscar Tshiewbe also averaged 11.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
South Dakota State is a late add to this tournament, and it only makes sense because they are right down the field from Sioux Falls. South Dakota State finished last year with a 22-10 record and they are the favorite to win the Summit League title. This is a team that is bringing back all five starters from last year. Senior Douglas Wilson is back after averaging 18.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. 6-8 junior Matt Detlinger is also back after averaging 12.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.3 rebounds per game. South Dakota State is a team that also has some quality three pointers, and if West Virginia isn’t careful, SDSU can take advantage. South Dakota State is a team that likes to push the pace, but they need to take care of the ball against a strong defense.
The under is 8-2-1 in West Virginia’s last 11 games as a favorite. South Dakota State is 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 games played on Wednesday. The over is 6-2 in South Dakota State’s last eight neutral site games.
West VIrginia is a defense first team, but South Dakota State is still going to find a way to score. It might not be enough to win the game or even keep it close, but they will push this game well over the posted total.