Western Illinois at South Dakota State: 2/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Western Illinois at South Dakota State: 2/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (23-4) vs Western Illinois Leathernecks (15-11)

Game Info: Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Frost Arena)

Betting Odds: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -14 -- Over/Under: 164.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Western Illinois Leathernecks and South Dakota State Jackrabbits face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at Frost Arena. When these two teams faced off on January 22nd it was South Dakota State that won 93-75 

South Dakota State had five players that scored at least 13 points. Trenton Massner was the top player for Western Illinois scoring 24 points, three rebounds, and three assists. 

Western Illinois comes into this game with a 15-11 record overall and they have gone 11-13 against the spread. In the last game against North Dakota, it was a close battle, but Western Illinois was able to win by two points. The Leathernecks are averaging 79.8 points while their defense is giving up 76.2 points per game. Trenton Massner was the top player for Western Illinois averaging 16.4 points while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from behind the three point line. There are four different players that are averaging at least 13.9 points per game. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the South Dakota State Jackrabbits who sit with a 23-4 record overall and they have gone 13-12 against the spread. This is an elite offensive Jackrabbits team, and in the last game against Omaha, they scored 82 points. South Dakota State is averaging 86.7 points while their defense is giving up 73.5 points per game. Douglas Wilson has been the top player for South Dakota State, averaging 15.3 points while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from behind the three point line. 

South Dakota State is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games played on Thursday. Western Illinois is 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games following a straight up win. The under is 5-1 in the Jackrabbits last six home games. The over is 7-1 in Western Illinois last eight games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. 

When these two teams faced off earlier this season the over hit, and it’s going to be no different this game. South Dakota State is an elite offensive team, and they are going to have no issue running up the score in this game. Look for the Jackrabbits to get to that 90 point mark, and the over is going to cash. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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