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IPFW vs. South Dakota State - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
South Dakota State Jackrabbits (11-5) at IPFW Mastodons (10-7)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: IPFW Mastodons +7 -- Over/Under: 164
TV Channel
https://gomastodons.com
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NCAA BB | South Dakota State Jackrabbits (11-5) at IPFW Mastodons (10-7)
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits look for another win after winning five of their last eight games. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are averaging 85.7 points on 51 percent shooting and allowing 71.7 points on 39.1 percent shooting. Mike Daum is averaging 24.6 points and 1.8 assists while David Jenkins is averaging 20 points and 3.6 rebounds. Skyler Flatten is the third double-digit scorer and Tevin King is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are shooting 44.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have lost three of their last five road games.

The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons are averaging 77.5 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 81.9 points on 46.8 percent shooting. John Konchar is averaging 19.7 points and 4.7 assists while Kason Harrell is averaging 16.5 points and 3.3 rebounds. Matt Holba is the third double-digit scorer and Dee Montgomery is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 66 percent from the free throw line. The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons are allowing 39.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game. The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons have won six of their last eight home games.

The Jackrabbits are 22-7 ATS in their last 29 vs. Summit, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 38-18 ATS in their last 56 games overall. The Mastodons are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Jackrabbits are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Purdue Fort Wayne and 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings. The over is 67-32-1 in Mastodons last 100 overall. The over is 5-2 in Jackrabbits last 7 overall.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons and have covered the bulk of those games as well. South Dakota State is one of the best offensive teams in the country and is top-40 in field goal percentage allowed, while IPFW gets crushed defensively and it's the reason they have a negative point differential despite playing its best at home. I have to take the Jackrabbits and the chalk.

Pick:
South Dakota State Jackrabbits -7

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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