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Denver vs South Dakota Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds
Pioneers vs Coyotes Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Denver Pioneers at South Dakota Coyotes
- Where: Vermillion at Sanford Coyote Sports Center
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds: Denver +4.5, DEN +165 | SDAK -205 O/U 148.0
Denver heads into this matchup having played 20 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-9. So far, the Pioneers have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 5-6. For the season, Denver has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 1-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Pioneers being +4.5 point underdogs.
Denver will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tommy Bruner who is averaging 16.35 points per game for the Pioneers. Bruner is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Pioneers’ offensive game plan is the play of Touko Tainamo who has hit 56.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.2 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, Denver will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Pioneers are ranked 223rd at 70.5 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 407th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Denver is close to the NCAA average at 36.8%.
South Dakota will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Denver in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. So far this season, South Dakota has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-4. The Coyotes’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, South Dakota has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 5-2.
South Dakota’s leading scorer this season is Kruz Perrott-Hunt, who is averaging 13.88 points per contest. So far, Perrott-Hunt has accounted for 19.2% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.82 rebounds per game and 2.12 assists. Tasos Kamateros is the second leading scorer for the Coyotes, averaging 11.39 points per game. Between him and Kamateros, they are accounting for 35.9% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, South Dakota comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 503rd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Coyotes’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 75.1 points per game. So far, 33.22% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.4%.
Free Spread Prediction: South Dakota Coyotes -4.5
Leading into this matchup, the South Dakota Coyotes are currently the favorites to pick up the win, with a spread sitting at -4.5. According to our analysis, we anticipate a strong offensive effort from the Coyotes’ shooters to be enough to pull out the win and cover the spread. For the season, South Dakota has a field goal percentage of 46.6, good for 67th in college basketball. Although South Dakota hasn’t been excellent vs the spread at home of late, 2-8, we see their still being plenty of value in grabbing them at -4.5.
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