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South Dakota State vs North Dakota State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Jackrabbits vs Bison Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: South Dakota State Jackrabbits at North Dakota State Bison
  • Where: Fargo at Scheels Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: South Dakota State -1.5, SDKST -126 | NDKST +102 O/U 141.5

Jackrabbits Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs North Dakota State, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits will be taking the floor for the 16th time this season and have an overall record of 7-8. On the road, the Jackrabbits will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 3-6. This season, South Dakota State has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 5-3. For today’s contest, South Dakota State have a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.

South Dakota State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Zeke Mayo who is averaging 14.8 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 gameplan is the play of William Kyle III who has hit 53.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.2 points per game.

Through 15 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.

Bison Preview:

North Dakota State will take the floor against the Jackrabbits with an overall record of 4-11. So far this season, North Dakota State has played 5 games at home, sitting with a record of 2-3. For the season, North Dakota State has been the underdog in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 1-10. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bison being +1.5 point underdogs.

Grant Nelson comes into today’s game as the Bison’s leading scorer at 16.08 points per contest. Not only has Nelson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is North Dakota State’s top rebounder at 8.08 boards per contest. Behind Nelson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Boden Skunberg who is second on the team in scoring at 13.07 points per game. Overall, he has hit 38.6% of his shots and is adding 4.57 boards per game.

On offense, North Dakota State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 434th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Bison’s are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.8 points per game. So far, 37.33% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 35.8%.

Free Spread Prediction: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -1.5

For this showdown between the South Dakota State Jackrabbits and North Dakota State Bison, 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 State are 83rd and 274th 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 -1.5 in favor of South Dakota State, we like them to not only win but cover the spread.


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