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North Dakota vs. South Dakota - 1/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
South Dakota at North Dakota
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
Grand Forks, ND
The Line
North Dakota Fighting Hawks -1 -- Over/Under: 138.5
TV Channel
MDCO-SN; Fox College Sports - Pacific; ESPN+
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The South Dakota Coyotes will travel to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center to take on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The South Dakota Coyotes lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 8-11 (2-4 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Omaha Mavericks, 75-68, this past Sunday. South Dakota struggled defensively against the Mavericks and couldn’t fight back after a 6-0 Mavericks run gave Omaha a 61-54 lead with 4:40 left in regulation. South Dakota allowed Omaha to shoot 50.9% from the field and was outrebounded by the Mavericks by a 34-22 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Coyotes was Stanley Umude who had 20 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, and a steal.

On the season, South Dakota is averaging 67.4 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Coyotes are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Dakota has been led by Stanley Umude (13.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 bpg), Triston Simpson (12.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.6 spg), Trey Burch-Manning (12.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 spg), and Tyler Peterson (11.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 apg).

Defensively, South Dakota is holding their opponents to an average of 67.9 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Coyotes have a rebound margin of -2.8 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 8-12 (2-5 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the North Dakota State Bison, 67-64, this past Saturday. North Dakota struggled offensively down the stretch and couldn’t get the road victory after being held scoreless for the final 3:24 of regulation. North Dakota shot 38.3% from the field & 30.0% beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Fighting Hawks was Marlon Stewart who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.

On the season, North Dakota is averaging 75.0 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota has been led by Cortez Seales (12.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.1s apg), Conner Avants (12.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), Marlon Stewart (11.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.2 spg), and Aanen Moddy (9.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Defensively, North Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 71.6 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The Coyotes are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Fighting Hawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

South Dakota has lost 6 of their last 8 games and although their defense is ranked 96th in scoring defense, the Coyotes offense has really struggled this season as they currently rank just 309th in scoring offense, 234th in FG%, and 238th in 3P-FG%. North Dakota has lost 7 of their last 9 games, however, the Fighting Hawks has been decent on both sides of the ball this season as they rank 145th in scoring offense, 83rd in FG%, and 185th in scoring defense.

We’ve been riding the hot hand with the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and between the fact that I think their offense will have success against the Coyotes defense at home and that South Dakota has been so poor on the road, I don’t see any reason to go against North Dakota in this one. Take North Dakota to cover this small home spread.

Pick:
North Dakota Fighting Hawks -1

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