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South Dakota State vs. North Dakota - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Dakota at South Dakota State
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 5:15 PM (EST)
Location
Frost Arena
Brookings, SD
The Line
South Dakota State -16 -- Over/Under: 154.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The North Dakota Fighting Hawks and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits meet in Summit League college basketball action from the Frost Arena on Saturday evening.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks need a win after losing 5 of their last 6 games following a 74-70 loss to North Dakota State in their last outing. Marlon Stewart led the Hawks with 22 points on 8 of 18 shooting while Cortez Seales added 21 points and a share of the team-high with 7 rebounds. Kienan Walker contributed 12 points with 7 boards of his own to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for North Dakota in the loss while Billy Brown added 3 steals. Seales leads the Fighting Hawks with an average of 13.1 points and 3.1 assists per game while Filip Rebraca leads North Dakota in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, North Dakota is averaging 73.8 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 37% from behind the 3-point line and 70.1% from the foul line this season.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will look to build on their current 8-game winning streak after a 92-82 road win over Denver in their last outing. Skyler Flatten led the Jackrabbits with 36 points on 14 of 18 shooting with 8 threes along with 4 assists and 4 steals. Mike Daum added 28 points on 12 of 19 shooting with a pair of threes, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of blocks for the double-double while Tevin King added 12 points and 4 assists and David Jenkins chipped in 11 points with 3 threes. Owen King dished out a team-high 5 assists as well in the winning effort. Daum leads South Dakota State by averaging a double-double per game with 24.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game while Tevin King leads the Jackrabbits in assists with 4.4 assists per game this season. As a team, South Dakota State is scoring the 9th-most points per game in D-I, averaging 85 points per game while shooting 50.9% from the field and 42% from 3-point range, the 3rd-best field goal percentage and 2nd-best 3-point percentage in the country. The Jackrabbits are also shooting 76% from the foul line this season.

North Dakota is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 21-9 in their last 30 road games. South Dakota State is 26-12 ATS in their last 38 conference games and 23-10 ATS in their last 33 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

There’s a major gap between these two teams, with the Jackrabbits at 19-6 while North Dakota sits at 9-15 on the year. South Dakota State is also outscoring teams by 17.4 points per game at home this season and the Jackrabbits have had a lot of success at home and in conference dating back quite some time now. However, South Dakota State had to claw out a 4-point win just a couple of weeks ago, and while switching venues may helped inflate the margin of victory a bit, 4 of the last 5 meetings have been decided by 7 points or less, so I’ll take a shot with North Dakota and the points in what could be another close, entertaining affair.

Pick:
North Dakota +16

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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