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

Coyotes vs Fighting Hawks Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: South Dakota Coyotes at North Dakota Fighting Hawks
  • Where: Grand Forks at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: South Dakota -2.5, SDAK -150 | NDAK +123 O/U 137.5

Coyotes Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs North Dakota, the South Dakota Coyotes will be taking the floor for the 16th time this season and have an overall record of 7-8. On the road, the Coyotes will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 1-5. This season, South Dakota has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 4-2. For today’s contest, South Dakota have a betting line set -2.5 points in their favor.

South Dakota’s leading scorer this season is Kruz Perrott-Hunt who is averaging 13.21 points per contest. So far, Perrott-Hunt has accounted for 17.75% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.71 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists. Tasos Kamateros is the second leading scorer for the Coyotes, averaging 11.4 points per game. Between him and Kamateros, they are accounting for 34.2% of the team’s scoring.

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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%.

Fighting Hawks Preview:

North Dakota will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs South Dakota in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. Currently, the Fighting Hawks have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 4-4. So far, the Fighting Hawks have been the underdog 13 times, going 3-10 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.

North Dakota’s leading scorer this season is B.J. Omot who is averaging 11.2 points per contest. So far, Omot has accounted for 16.22% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.2 rebounds per game and 1.07 assists. Matt Norman is the second leading scorer for the Fighting Hawks, averaging 8.0 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 that 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: North Dakota Fighting Hawks +2.5

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the South Dakota Coyotes are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -2.5. However, we anticipate North Dakota putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Coyotes as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Fighting Hawks to cover.

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