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North Dakota vs. South Dakota State - 1/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
South Dakota State at North Dakota
Date & Time Wednesday January 16, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
Grand Forks, ND
The Line
North Dakota Fighting Hawks +10.5 -- Over/Under: 156
TV Channel
MDCO SN; Fox College Sports - Pacific; ESPN+
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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits 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 State Jackrabbits won their 3rd straight game and improved to 14-6 (4-1 Summit) on the season after defeating the Oral Roberts Golden Griffins, 84-65, this past Saturday. South Dakota State was outstanding out of the gates in this one and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 27-7 lead midway though the 1st half. South Dakota State shot 47.6% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 19-9 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Jackrabbits was Mike Daum who had 37 points, 8 rebounds, and an assist.

On the season, South Dakota State is averaging 85.0 ppg on 50.5% shooting from the field. The Jackrabbits are averaging 9.9 three-pointers per game on 42.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Dakota State has been led by Mike Daum (23.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.7 apg), David Jenkins (19.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.3 apg), Skyler Flatten (15.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), and Tevin King (9.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.7 spg).

Defensively, South Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 71.7 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Jackrabbits have a rebound margin of 5.1 and a turnover margin of -0.3.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks improved to 8-10 (2-3 Summit) on the season after defeating the Western Illinois Leathernecks, 71-65, this past Saturday. North Dakota trailed by a 43-37 margin at halftime, however, the Fighting Hawks were outstanding on the defensive end in the 2nd half and pulled away after a 9-0 run gave North Dakota a 68-58 lead with 2:03 left in regulation. North Dakota shot 54.0% from the field and an incredible 72.7% (8-11) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Fighting Hawks was Marlon Stewart who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assits, and 3 steals.

On the season, North Dakota is averaging 75.6 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota has been led by Conner Avants (12.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.7 apg), Cortez Seales (12.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.9 apg), Marlon Stewart (10.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg), and Aanen Moody (101 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.3 apg).

Defensively, North Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 0.1.

The Jackrabbits are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 24-9 ATS in their last 33 games vs. Summit opponents. The Fighting Hawks are 20-9-1 ATS in their last 30 games following a ATS win and 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games following a straight up win.

South Dakota State has won 4 of their last 5 games and has been one of the most explosive offensive teams in the country this season as they currently rank 16th in scoring offense, 10th in FG%, 28th in 3P-FG%, and 5th in FT%. North Dakota has won 2 of their last 3 games and has been decent on both sides of the ball as they currently rank T-135th in scoring offense, 71st in FG%, and T-186th in scoring defense.

South Dakota State has one of the best players in all of College Basketball in Mike Daum and an offense that can give any team trouble, however, the Jackrabbits haven’t been great on the road this season, as they’ve posted just a 3-4 record at home. North Dakota has played well as of late and between the fact that their offense is averaging 80.6 ppg over their last 3 games and that they are 6-3 at home this season, I think the Fighting Hawks will be able to do enough in this one to cover with the large amount of points.

Pick:
North Dakota Fighting Hawks +10.5

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