South Dakota vs. North Dakota - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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North Dakota (13-17) at South Dakota (20-11)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)
The Line: South Dakota -5.5 -- Over/Under: 157.5
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks (13-17, CONF 7-9) and South Dakota Coyotes (20-11, CONF 10-6) face in the Summit League first round at the Denny Sanford Premier Tournament. South Dakota beat North Dakota both time this season, and they were able to cover both of the spreads.
North Dakota hopes to pull a big upset in this game, but it’s going to take quite the game to get it done. Coming into this game North Dakota has lost three of the last four games, and the last loss was by ten points against this Coyotes team.
The offense has been good this season for North Dakota, but the defense has really let them down giving up 77.4 points per game. Over the last five games UND is giving up 81.2 points per game, and the defense is going to need to find a way to step up.
The Fighting Hawks are led by Marlon Stewart who is averaging 18.9 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the field.
South Dakota is having a nice season but they come into this game having lost three of the last four games.
South Dakota is averaging 79.2 points per game over the last five, but the defense is giving 79 and the defense has to be a concern.
South Dakota is led by forward Tyler Hagedorn who is averaging 18.1 points while shooting 54.3 percent from the field. Even with all the success for Hagedorn he hasn’t scored more than 14 points in any of the last four games.
UND is 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games played on Sunday. North Dakota is 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 games overall. The over is 10-1 in South Dakota’s last 11 games played on Sunday.
South Dakota is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games played on a neutral site.South Dakota is 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 games overall.
These are two teams who can score and don’t play a whole lot of defense/ Look for South Dakota to push the pace and North Dakota will also score enough to push this game overall.