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South Dakota State vs. Western Illinois - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Western Illinois at South Dakota State
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 5:15 PM (EST)
Location
Frost Arena
Brookings, South Dakota
The Line
The Line: South Dakota State -17 -- Over/Under: 151
TV Channel
https://gojacks.com/watch/?Live=2614&type=Live
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The Western Illinois Leathernecks and South Dakota State Jackrabbits meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Frost Arena.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 70.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 72.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Kobe Webster is averaging 17.2 points and 3.3 assists while C.J. Duff is averaging 11.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. Isaac Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Gilbeck is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have lost six of their last seven road games.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 13 games. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are averaging 85.1 points on 50.5 percent shooting and allowing 73.4 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Mike Daum is averaging 25.8 points and 1.8 assists while David Jenkins is averaging 19.6 points and 3.4 rebounds. Skyler Flatten is the third double-digit scorer and Tevin King is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are shooting 41.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have won their last seven home games.

The Leathernecks are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Summit, 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Jackrabbits are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. Summit, 24-11-1 ATS in their last 36 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Leathernecks are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings in South Dakota State and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Jackrabbits last 7 overall. The under is 4-1 in Leathernecks last 5 overall.

When these teams met back in December, South Dakota State dropped 100 points and shot 62.1 percent from the field. South Dakota State is winning at home by an average fo 16.4 points while shooting 52.3 percent from the field. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are 4-10-1 ATS on the road this season and enter this contest losing by an average of 12.2 points in their last five games. South Dakota State is a scoring machine that could make some noise if it makes the big dance. Western Illinois doesn't have the horses to hang in this contest, so expect another blowout.

Pick:
South Dakota State -17

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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