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Nebraska-Omaha vs. South Dakota State - 2/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
South Dakota State at Nebraska-Omaha
Date & Time Thursday February 14, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Baxter Arena
Omaha, NE
The Line
South Dakota State Jackrabbits -3.5 -- Over/Under: 164.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | South Dakota State at Nebraska-Omaha
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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks meet in Summit League college basketball action from the Baxter Arena on Thursday night.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will look to build on their current 9-game winning streak after an 80-55 beatdown of North Dakota in their last outing. Mike Daum led the Jackrabbits with 29 points on 10 of 19 shooting with a whopping 20 rebounds for a monstrous double-double while Alex Arians and David Jenkins each had 14 points with Arians shooting 6 of 7 from the floor with 6 rebounds and a pair of steals while Jenkins added a pair of 3-pointers. Skyler Flatten added 11 points to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for South Dakota State in the win while Tevin King added 8 points and a team-high 6 assists as well in the victory. Daum leads South Dakota State by averaging a double-double per game with 25 points and 11.6 rebounds per game while King leads the Jackrabbits in assists with 4.5 assists per game this season. As a team, South Dakota State is averaging the 10th-most points per game in the country, scoring 84.8 points per game with the 3rd-best field goal percentage and the 5th-best 3-point percentage in the nation, shooting 50.8% from the field and 40.8% from 3-point range along with a 76.5% mark from the foul line this season.

The Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks will look to stay hot after winning 7 of their last 8 games following a 107-102 overtime win over South Dakota in their last outing. Zach Jackson led the Mavericks with 27 points on 9 of 17 shooting with 3 threes and 6 rebounds while Mitchell Hahn added 21 points and KJ Robinson added 20 points with a team-high 7 assists. Matt Pile and Ayo Akinwole each chipped in 11 points with Pile adding a team-high 8 rebounds while Akinwole had a 9 of 10 mark from the foul line. JT Gibson added 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Nebraska-Omaha in the win. Jackson leads Nebraska-Omaha in scoring with 18.3 points per game while Pile leads the Mavericks on the glass with 7.3 rebounds per game and Robinson leads the Mavericks in assists with 3.4 helpers per game this season. As a team, Nebraska-Omaha is averaging 80.8 points per game on 48.2% shooting from the field, 39.3% from behind the arc and 74.6% from the foul line this season.

South Dakota State is 27-12 ATS in their last 39 conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 53-20 in their last 73 road games. Nebraska-Omaha is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. South Dakota State is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Nebraska-Omaha.

This has the potential to be the best meeting between these two teams in their brief history with each other, so the points with Omaha as a home dog are extremely tempting. However, South Dakota State just looks like a tournament team, and in going 11-3 all-time against Omaha, 8 of those wins have come by double-digits, including each of the last 3 meetings. An Omaha win and/or cover here wouldn’t surprise me, but sometimes a team just has another team’s number so I’ll lay the points with South Dakota State here.

Pick:
South Dakota State -3.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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