South Dakota State Jackrabbits (11-4) vs. North Dakota State Bison (9-4)
December 30, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: North Dakota State Bison +2.5 ; Over/Under: 153.5
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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and the North Dakota State Bison meet Thursday in college basketball action from Scheels Center. South Dakota State is 11-4 so far this year and fresh off a win over Oral Roberts. As for North Dakota State, they sit at 9-4 on the season. The Bison beat North Dakota in their last game. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
South Dakota State posted a nice 8-2 run over their first 10 games, falling to only Alabama and Washington. Since then the Jackrabbits are 3-2, taking out Washington State, UMKC and Oral Roberts in that stretch.
In the Oral Roberts matchup, the Jackrabbits posted a 38-29 edge at halftime and hung on for the 82-76 win. Leading scorer Doug Wilson put up 21 points, and Baylor Scheierman added 20 points with six boards.
Over on the North Dakota State side, they went on a 5-3 run over their first eight games this year. After another loss to Montana State, the Bison beat CSU Northridge, Indiana State, Pacific and North Dakota in succession.
Matched up against North Dakota, North Dakota State managed 45 points in the first half and 41 more from there in an 86-76 win. Grant Nelson led the way on 24 points, and Tyree Eady put up 18 points with seven rebounds.
ND State is 1-7-2 ATS in their last 10 at home and 8-17 ATS in their last 25 Thursday games. The Bison are 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine overall.
Meanwhile, the Jackrabbits are 2-6 ATS in their last eight overall and 0-5 ATS in their last five after a straight-up win. The over is 20-8 in South Dakota State’s last 28 overall.
PICK: I’m probably going to take a stab on North Dakota State. The Bison have been scoring pretty well over this four-game win streak, with 68 points or more in each. Generally North Dakota State has been a solid offensive team this year—when the matchup is right, that is.
As for South Dakota State, they’ve been scoring well lately also and I like this one to be a higher-total game. Should be a fun matchup overall, and I like the Bison to bag a cover.