South Dakota State vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (12-12) at South Dakota State Jackrabbits (17-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 5:15 pm (Frost Arena)
The Line: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -10.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5
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The Omaha Mevericks and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits meet in Summit League college basketball action from the Frost Arena on Saturday.
The Omaha Mavericks will look to bounce back from back-to-back losses after an 86-78 loss to North Dakota State last time out. KJ Robinson led the Mavericks with 20 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 4 threes while Marlon Ruffin added 17 points and Matt Pile chipped in 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting with a team-high 6 rebounds to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Omaha in the loss. JT Gibson added 8 points with a team-high 4 assists as well in the defeat as well. Robinson leads the Mavericks in scoring with an average of 15 points per game whilePile leads Omaha in rebounding with 10.1 rebounds per game and Ayo Akinwole leads the Mavericks in assists with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Omaha is averaging 73.7 points per game on 45.5% shooting from the field, 34.6% from behind the arc and 71.6% from the foul line this season.
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will look to add to their current three-game winning streak after a 71-61 win over Western Illinois last time out. Doug Wilson led the Jackrabbits with 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting while Alex Arians added 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 6 rebounds. Noah Friedel added 11 points with 5 rebounds to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for South Dakota State in the winning effort. Wilson leads South Dakota State in scoring and rebounding with an average of 17.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while Brandon Key leads the Jackrabbits in assists with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, South Dakota State is averaging 77 points per game on 48.8% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the arc and 70.2% from the foul line this season.
Omaha is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 17-5 in their last 22 games following a loss. South Dakota State is 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 home games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games.
On the surface, laying double digits with most teams on the surface can feel uncomfortable. However, we have two teams heading in two completely different directions in terms of playing against the spread this year, as Omaha has struggled on the road while South Dakota State has gone undefeated straight up at home and 9-1 ATS this season while outscoring teams by 18.6 points per game. I’m surprise this line isn’t heavier, but I’ll still take it as a gift. I’ll lay the points with South Dakota State in this one.