Denver vs South Dakota State Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/22/24

South Dakota State (14-12) vs Denver (15-13)

Game Info: Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Frost Arena)

Betting Odds: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -7.5 -- Over/Under: 161 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Denver Pioneers and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits meet Thursday in college basketball action from Frost Arena. Denver is sitting at 15-13 so far this year. The Pioneers beat North Dakota State in their last game. As for South Dakota State, they’re 15-12 on the season and coming off a win over Omaha. Let’s get into our Denver vs. South Dakota State prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

Denver Pioneers

The Pioneers managed to win 13 of their first 21 games this year, then hit a rough patch starting at the end of January. Denver lost to Omaha, Kansas City, Oral Roberts, South Dakota and North Dakota over the next six games, but managed a win over North Dakota State in the ensuing outing.

Back on Saturday in the North Dakota State matchup, the Pioneers went into the second half trailing 38-28. Denver found their groove from there however, posting a 49-33 run for a comeback win 77-71. Tommy Bruner went off for 41 points and three rebounds in the victory.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Over on the Jackrabbits’ side, they were sitting at .500 through 18 games, then hit a three-game win streak in late January. South Dakota State is 3-3 since then with losses to Oral Roberts, NOrth Dakota State and Kansas City alongside wins over South Dakota, Oral Roberts and Omaha.

In their game versus Omaha over the weekend, the Jackrabbits powered out a close win. South Dakota State scored 35 points in the first half, 38 in the second and 12 in overtime for an 85-77 victory. Charlie Easley was the top performer on 24 points with 10 rebounds.


I’ll stay with South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits managed a solid overtime road win versus Omaha in their last game, shooting 46.2 percent from the field with a nice 48-32 rebounding advantage (the 13 turnovers didn’t help, though). South Dakota State is scoring quite well these days with 70 or more points in 13 of their last 14 games.

In the road matchup versus Denver back on January 13, South Dakota State took a 99-80 loss. The Jackrabbits shot well from the field (52.6 percent) in that one, but poorly from 3-point range (27.3 percent) and had 14 turnovers. If South Dakota State can clean up their mistakes in this rematch I think they’ll be fine on a cover shot.

Andrew’s Pick South Dakota State Jackrabbits -7.5

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