NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Coyotes underdogs vs Grizzlies at Oakland
South Dakota Coyotes vs Oakland Grizzlies Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for South Dakota when they take on the Oakland Grizzlies on Saturday in college hoops betting action.
The Coyotes will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 8-9 ATS against the number this season, while the Grizzlies are 7-10 ATS. South Dakota is 6-7 on the totals; Oakland is 7-6.
The Grizzlies were listed as 11.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 241-ranked Grizzlies and the No. 291-rated Coyotes in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 70-69 win for the Grizzlies on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Oakland has the nation's No. 102-rated offensive output, at 70.7 PPG. The visiting Coyotes defense ranks No. 322 allowing on average 75 PPG. The Grizzlies FG% has averaged 42.4% so far, less than the Coyotes marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.1% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, South Dakota owns the country's No. 270-rated mark, allowing 75 points per game on the highway. Oakland, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.
South Dakota was a 62-60 loser in their most recent outing on the road against IUPU Fort Wayne. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs. South Dakota got 15 points from Trevor Gruis but lost anyway, 62-60, to IUPU Fort Wayne on Thursday at Memorial Coliseum.
In their last action, Oakland was an 81-68 winner at home against UMKC. They failed to cover the 14.5-point spread as favorites. Oakland got 30 points from Travis Bader en route to an 81-68 victory over UMKC on Thursday at Athletics Center.
South Dakota home to Nebraska Omaha, Thursday, January 24
Oakland home to IUPUI, Thursday, January 24