South Dakota State vs. North Dakota State - 1/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Dakota State vs. North Dakota State  - 1/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jacob Snow-USA TODAY Sports

North Dakota State Bison (13-6) at South Dakota State Jackrabbits (14-8)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Frost Arena)

The Line: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -2.5 -- Over/Under: 143 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The North Dakota State Bison and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits meet in Summit League college basketball action from the Frost Arena on Wednesday night.

The North Dakota State Bison will look to keep the ball rolling after winning 5 of their last 6 games after an 83-74 win over North Dakota last time out. Tyson Ward led the Bison with 27 points on 11 of 22 shooting with team-highs of 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the double-double while Vinnie Shahid added 22 points on 6 of 14 shooting with an 8 of 8 mark from the foul line and 5 assists. Tyree Eady added 10 points with 3 steals fo cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for North Dakota State in the winning effort. Shahid leads North Dakota State in scoring with an average of 16.8 points per game while Ward leads the Bison in rebounding and assists with an average of 7.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, North Dakota State is averaging 72.8 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 34.6% from behind the arc and 78% from the foul line this season.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will look to rebound after a 99-84 loss to South Dakota in their last outing. Matt Dentlinger led the Jackrabbits with 26 points on 13 of 18 shooting with team-highs of 6 rebounds and 7 assists while Alex Arians added 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 4 threes and 5 rebounds and David Wingett added 13 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 3 triples to finish off the scoring in double figures for South Dakota State in the losing effort. Doug Wilson missed the game with a knee injury but still leads the Jackrabbits in scoring and rebounding with an average of 17.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while Brandon Key leads South Dakota State in assists with 4.5 assists per game this season. As a team, South Dakota State is averaging 77.3 points per game on 48.1% shooting from the field, 34.4% from behind the arc and 70.2% from the foul line this season.

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North Dakota State is 10-21-1 ATS in their last 32 games against a team with a winning record and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record. South Dakota State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

This line feels suspiciously low given how well the Jackrabbits have played at home this season. However, if the line’s a trap, I’m going to bite. North Dakota State’s been playing well right now, but you have to imagine that South Dakota State will look to make amends in front of their home fans after being beat up by an in-state rival, in a game that by all intents and purposes, the Jackrabbits should’ve won easily. Both teams have done well in conference, but the Jackrabbits are outscoring teams by 19.8 points per game at home and holding opponents to just 62.4 points per game. I think the Jackrabbits are more than capable of winning this one by a couple of buckets so I’ll lay the points with South Dakota State in this one.

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