NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Jackrabbits underdogs vs Bison at North Dakota State
South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs North Dakota State Bison Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting South Dakota State Jackrabbits travelling to North Dakota State Saturday to take on the Bison.
This season, the Bison are 10-3 overall and 9-2 ATS ATS, while the Jackrabbits are 10-4 and 4-6 ATS against the number. As for the totals, North Dakota State boasts a 2-5 on the OU, and South Dakota State is 4-3.
Bettors looking to side with North Dakota State in this one found them as 8.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bison - Jackrabbits odds would favor the Bison if the lines were set according to our power ranks. North Dakota State is rated No. 38 in the current Odds Shark poll, while South Dakota State is at No. 174. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 81-72 win for the Bison.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and North Dakota State has the nation's No. 118-rated offensive output, at 70.7 PPG. The visiting Jackrabbits defense ranks No. 210 allowing on average 67.7 PPG. The Bison FG% has averaged 46.5% so far, more than the Jackrabbits marksmen have achieved on the year, 45% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, South Dakota State owns the country's No. 206-rated mark, allowing 72.7 points per game on the highway. North Dakota State, on the other hand, rates No. 42 in scoring at home.
In their last action, South Dakota State was a 70-65 winner on the road against New Mexico. They covered the 15-point spread as underdogs. The Jackrabbits got a terrific 28-point effort from Nate Wolters as South Dakota State defeated New Mexico 70-65 on Saturday at The Pit.
Last time out for North Dakota State, they were a 69-49 winner as they battled Morehead State at home. They covered in the match as a 12.5-point favorite. The Bison blew out Morehead State on Friday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 69-49 win at Bison Sports Arena.
South Dakota State at UMKC, Thursday, January 3
North Dakota State at South Dakota, Thursday, January 3