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South Dakota State vs North Dakota Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Jackrabbits vs Fighting Hawks Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: South Dakota State Jackrabbits at North Dakota Fighting Hawks
  • Where: Grand Forks at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: South Dakota State -5, SDKST -221 | NDAK +178 O/U 136.0

Jackrabbits Preview:

South Dakota State heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-9. So far, the Jackrabbits have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 3-7. This season, South Dakota State has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 5-4. For today’s contest, South Dakota State has a betting line set -5 points in their favor.

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South Dakota State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Zeke Mayo who is averaging 14.69 points per game for the Jackrabbits. Mayo 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 Jackrabbits’ offensive game plan is the play of Matt Dentlinger who has hit 52.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.31 points per game.

Through 16 games, South Dakota State has been playing well on offense, averaging 86.7 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Jackrabbits’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 44.9% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 9.38 made 3’s per contest.

Fighting Hawks Preview:

Coming into today’s matchup, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks are in the middle of a 3 game losing streak and have an overall record of 6-10. So far this season, North Dakota has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-5. For the season, North Dakota has been the underdog in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 3-11. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Fighting Hawks being +5 point underdogs.

North Dakota’s leading scorer this season is B.J. Omot, who is averaging 11.44 points per contest. So far, Omot has accounted for 16.7% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.12 rebounds per game and 1.0 assists. Matt Norman is the second leading scorer for the Fighting Hawks, averaging 7.62 points per game. Between him and Norman, they are accounting for 27.8% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Dakota this season, as they are currently ranked 232nd in college basketball at 70.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Fighting Hawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.4%, placing them 221st in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -5

For this showdown between the South Dakota State Jackrabbits and North Dakota Fighting Hawks, our analysis points to 3-point shooting being a key factor in the outcome of this game. Both team’s come into the game with above average numbers in made 3’s per game. So far, South Dakota State and North Dakota are 83rd and 123rd in that department, respectively. After crunching the numbers, we anticipate South Dakota State continuing to shoot the ball well. For the season, they have hit 44.9% of their looks from deep. With a point spread sitting at -5 in favor of South Dakota State, we like them to not only win but cover the spread.


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