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South Dakota State vs Western Illinois Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds

Jackrabbits vs Leathernecks Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Western Illinois Leathernecks
  • Where: Macomb at Western Hall
  • Date: Saturday, January 28th
  • Betting Odds: South Dakota State -1.5, SDKST -128 | WILL +105 O/U 142.0

Jackrabbits Preview:

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits head into today’s game in what will be their 22nd game of the season, posting a record of 11-10. On the road, the Jackrabbits will be playing their 13th game of the season, having gone 5-8. This season, South Dakota State has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 9-4. For today’s contest, South Dakota State has 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 16.52 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 56.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.67 points per game.

Through 21 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.

Leathernecks Preview:

The Western Illinois Leathernecks will be looking to pick up their 22nd win of the season and are in the middle of a 4 game win streak. Currently, the Leathernecks have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 10-2. So far, the Leathernecks have been the underdog 9 times, going 3-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.

Western Illinois will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Trenton Massner who is averaging 18.15 points per game for the Leathernecks. Massner 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 Leathernecks’ offensive game plan is the play of Alec Rosner who has hit 44.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.24 points per game.

Western Illinois comes into today’s matchup vs South Dakota State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.7 points per game. Through 21 games, they have hit 43.8% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Leathernecks have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 232nd in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -1.5

For this showdown between the South Dakota State Jackrabbits and Western Illinois Leathernecks, 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 Western Illinois are 83rd and 130th 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.