Check out our free St. Thomas (MN) vs South Dakota State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Brookings. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

St. Thomas (MN) vs South Dakota State Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Tommies vs Jackrabbits Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: St. Thomas (MN) Tommies at South Dakota State Jackrabbits
  • Where: Brookings at Frost Arena
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: St. Thomas (MN) +4, STMN +150 | SDKST -185 O/U 147.0

Tommies Preview:

St. Thomas (MN) heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-5. So far, the Tommies have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 3-5. For the season, St. Thomas (MN) has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 1-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Tommies being +4 point underdogs.

St. Thomas (MN) will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Riley Miller who is averaging 14.75 points per game for the Tommies. Miller 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 Tommies’ offensive gameplan is the play of Andrew Rohde who has hit 44.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.07 points per game.

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On offense, St. Thomas (MN) comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 479th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Tommies’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.7 points per game. So far, 51.12% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 35.7%.

Jackrabbits Preview:

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 6-8. Currently, the Jackrabbits have been the home team 5 times, sitting with a record of 3-2. The Jackrabbits’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4 points in their favor. For the season, South Dakota State has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 4-3.

South Dakota State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Zeke Mayo who is averaging 15.0 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 53.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.43 points per game.

Through 14 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.

Free Spread Prediction: St. Thomas (MN) Tommies +4

A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both South Dakota State and St. Thomas (MN) are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 9.38 and 11.13 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the St. Thomas (MN) Tommies to cover as +4 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Jackrabbits’ outside shooters to make things difficult for South Dakota State. At +4 we like the chances of St. Thomas (MN) covering the spread as underdogs.

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