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South Dakota State vs UMKC Basketball Picks 1-25-24

UMKC Roos (8-12) vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits (10-9)
January 25, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -10.5; Over/Under: +149
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The Kansas City Roos and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits meet in college basketball action from the Frost Arena on Thursday night. Can Kansas City pull off the upset on the road? Or will South Dakota State defend home floor? Let’s dive in and find out with our Kansas City vs. South Dakota State Prediction.

Kansas City Team Preview

The Kansas City Roos come into this one looking to build on a 74-72 win over Omaha last time out. Jamar Brown leads the Roos in scoring and rebounding with 13.8 PPG and 6.2 RPG while Anderson Kopp has 13.1 PPG with 5.1 RPG and 3.2 APG as well this season. Cameron Faas has 11.1 PPG with 4.9 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Kansas City so far this season. Khristion Courseault also has 9.1 PPG with a team-high 4.1 APG as well to lead Kansas City in assists. As a team, Kansas City is averaging 71.9 PPG on 42.2% shooting from the field, 32.3% from three and 68.3% from the foul line this season.

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South Dakota State Team Preview

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits come into this one looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 73-55 win over South Dakota last time out. Zeke Mayo leads South Dakota State across the board with 18.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG and 3.5 APG while Luke Appel has 10.9 PPG with 4 RPG and Charlie Easley has 11.2 PPG with 5.6 RPG. William Kyle III has 13.2 PPG with 6 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for South Dakota State so far this season. As a team, South Dakota State is averaging 76.9 PPG on 48.4% shooting from the field, 36% from three and 67.4% from the foul line this season.

Kansas City vs. South Dakota State Prediction

I’m on South Dakota State here. The Jackrabbits may not be the same dominant force in the Summit League as years past, but the Jackrabbits are the far better team from an offensive standpoint this season and with how well they shoot from behind the arc and from 2-point range, the Jackrabbits are perfectly built to exploit the weaknesses of this Kansas City defense. I think South Dakota State wins this game comfortably, so give me the Jackrabbits laying the points.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: South Dakota State -10.5

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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