Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. South Dakota Coyotes - 11/10/19 NCAA Men's Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Dakota Coyotes at Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 10:00 PM (Stan Sheriff Center)
Hawaii -1; Total 140
A pair of teams will look to remain undefeated in the early season when the South Dakota Coyotes (1-0) takes on the host Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (1-0) in the second game for each team at the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. These are two teams used to starting strong and this will be the first time in at least three seasons for either team to lose in their first two games.
The hosts have started the season strong after losing in the first round of the Big West Conference tournament last year. After a big 83-66 exhibition win over NCAA Division II Chaminade, the Rainbow Warriors knocked off Florida A&M in the first round of the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic 65-52 in a game that was not nearly as close as the score indicates. Hawaii led 32-12 at halftime and cruised to the win.
Junior Samuta Avea scored a career-high 15 points with nine rebounds in the win despite shooting just 4-of-14 from the field. Freshman Bernardo Da Silva from Brazil came off the bench for 11 points and seven rebounds, while senior Zigmars Raimo out of Latvia added 10 points in the win. It was more of the same against Chaminade in exhibition, with Raimo leading the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Avea added 18 points on a more efficient 6-of-13 from the field. Junior Drew Buggs added 11 points, six assists, and five rebounds in the win.
South Dakota’s season has mirrored Hawaii’s, complete with an exhibition win over an NCAA Division II school. After knocking off Division II Concordia St. Paul, the Coyotes defeated Pacific 72-62 in the first game of the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic. South Dakota’s first real game of the year was a close one as the Coyotes led by just two at the half and trailed with less than nine minutes in the game before pulling away for the win. Senior Tyler Hagedorn scored 24 points in the win, while junior Stanley Umude added 17 points in the win. Hagedorn and Umude also led the Coyotes in their exhibition win over Concordia St. Paul, with each scoring 18 points in the win.
These two teams look pretty similar overall, but in the end, it’s always safe to take the home team, especially when it comes to the Hawaii and Alaska schools in the preseason. Since the beginning of last season, Hawaii is 11-5 against the spread on the islands and there is no reason to start to bet against that now. Take Hawaii minus the single point and hope that the South Dakota players are enjoying the beach more than basketball.