South Dakota State Jackrabbits at North Dakota Fighting Hawks
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)
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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks meet in Summit League college basketball action from the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Wednesday night.
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will look to maintain their spot atop the Summit League after improving to 11-2 in conference play with a 6th straight win in the form of a 75-64 win over IPFW last time out. Doug Wilson leads the Jackrabbits in scoring and rebounding with 18 PPG and 6.4 RPG while Matt Dentlinger is 2nd in scoring with 12.4 PPG and Noah Friedel is 3rd with 10.1 PPG. Brandon Key is also averaging 7.3 PPG and 3.7 a team-high 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, South Dakota State is averaging 77.5 points per game on 48.8% shooting from the field, 34.9% from 3-point range and 70.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.5 points on 41.5% shooting from the field and 30.1% from behind the 3-point line this season. South Dakota State is 5-8 straight up and 8-5 against the spread on the road this season.
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will try to climb some spots in the Summit standings, sitting in the bottom half at 6-6 following an 86-83 win over Western Illinois last time out. Marlon Stewart leads the Fighting Hawks in scoring and assists with 18.1 PPG and 5.1 APG while De’Sean Allen-Eikens is 2nd with 14.3 PPG and Filip Rebraca is averaging 13.6 PPG and a team-high 9 rebounds per game this season. Kienan Walter is also averaging 11.5 PPG this season. As a team, South Dakota is averaging 75.2 points on 45.7% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 77.9% from the foul line while allowing 74.7 points on 45% shooting from the field and 36.6% from 3-point range this season. North Dakota is 6-2 straight up and 2-4 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t sceptical getting South Dakota State with a low line even on the road, but if the line is a trap, I’m biting. North Dakota State’s been good against the number at home and the Hawks as a home dog is a rare occurrence this season. However, South Dakota State is still the team to beat in the Summit League as far as I’m concerned, and I just think that this line is much more reasonable for the Jackrabbits to cover here. I’ll lay the points with South Dakota State here.