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South Dakota vs. Denver - 2/20/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Denver at South Dakota
Date & Time Wednesday February 20, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Sanford Coyote Sports Complex
Vermillion, SD
The Line
South Dakota Coyotes -7 -- Over/Under: 144.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Denver Pioneers and the South Dakota Coyotes meet in Summit League college basketball action from the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Wednesday night.

The Denver Pioneers will be out to snap a 5-game losing streak after a 94-81 loss to IPFW in their last outing. Jase Townsend led the Pioneers with 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 6 assists while Ronnie Harrell Jr. and Ade Murkey each had 15 points with Harrell Jr. adding 3 threes and a pair of steals. Abiola Akintola chipped in 11 points on 5 of 5 from the floor with 3 blocks to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Denver in the losing effort. Donoven Carlisle added a team-high 9 rebounds as well in the loss for the Pioneers. Harrell Jr. leads Denver with an average of 14 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Denver is averaging 70.3 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field, 38.1% from behind the arc and 74.9% from the foul line this season.

The South Dakota Coyotes will look to build some steam after snapping a 4-game losing streak with an 80-67 win over Western Illinois last time out. Trey Burch-Manning led the Coyotes with 20 points on 7 of 16 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 9 rebounds while Stanley Umude added 17 points with 7 boards. Triston Simpson chipped in 13 points with a 9 of 12 mark from the foul line and team-highs of 5 assists and 3 steals while Tyler Peterson and Brandon Armstrong each had 11 points and 6 rebounds to round out the group of double-digit scorers for South Dakota in the winning effort. Peterson shot 5 of 7 from the floor while Armstrong shot 4 of 9 with 3 threes and 3 assists. Cody Kelley added 6 points and 3 steals as well in the victory for the Coyotes. Umude leads South Dakota in scoring with 14.7 points per game while Peterson leads the Coyotes in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game and Simpson leads South Dakota in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, South Dakota is averaging 69.4 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 72.8% from the foul line this season.

Denver is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 8-23-1 ATS in their last 32 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. South Dakota is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

This feels like a lot of points to lay considering that the first meeting between these two earlier this season was decided by a single point. However since that game, all of Denver’s losses, including the 5 losses during this losing skid have come by double digits, and the Pioneers have been a very profitable fade play on the road. The Coyotes haven’t been great at home, but the home team has had the bulk of the success ATS between these two teams, so I’ll lay the points with South Dakota here.

Pick:
South Dakota -7

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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