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Jackrabbits Bid for First Tourney Win

Deondre Parks South Dakota State Jackrabbits NCAA March Madness

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have now won the Summit League championship three times in the previous five seasons, so playing in the NCAA Tournament isn’t necessarily anything new. However, winning their opening-round game is and they will bid to win their first tournament game in school history against the Maryland Terrapins in a tortoise vs. hare matchup Friday.

Shark Bites
  • Maryland is 6-0 SU in its last six games as a favorite in March.
  • Maryland is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 tournament games.
  • South Dakota State is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games versus the Big Ten.

The Jackrabbits, currently 10-point underdogs in their opening round matchup at online book Bovada, won the Summit and appeared in the big dance in 2012 and 2013 but failed to win straight up or against the spread in their previous two efforts. They enter the tournament on a six-game winning streak (3-3 ATS) and defeated North Dakota State 67-59 as 5.5-point favorites in the conference final.

Maryland was 25-8 SU overall this season and 12-6 SU in conference play and just missed out on a trip to the Big Ten conference final as they lost 64-61 as 5-point pups to the Michigan State Spartans in the conference semifinal.

Sophomore guard Melo Trimble is Maryland’s main man as he leads the way with 14.4 points and 5.1 assists per game. Fresman Diamond Stone not only has a great name, but has a great game to boot. The big man puts up an efficient 12.9 points per game in just 22.6 minutes thanks to shooting over 56 percent from the floor.

Many like the Jackrabbits in this Friday matchup but the Summit champs have a tough task in trying to take down a tough Terrapins team.

Click here for a history of of the No. 5 vs. No. 12 matchup.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs Maryland Terrapins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 25-8 and 15-16-2 ATS Maryland Terrapins will face the 26-7 South Dakota State Jackrabbits, who own a 16-13 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Maryland Terrapins are 13-19-1 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the South Dakota State Jackrabbits are 14-15.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 152 (Maryland) and the No. 48 (South Dakota State) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Maryland's No. 86-ranked scoring average of 76.06 PPG, against a South Dakota State Jackrabbits defense rated No. 65 and allowing 67.79 PPG. The Maryland Terrapins FG% has averaged 48.83% to date this season, more than the South Dakota State Jackrabbits shooters have managed so far (45.11% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Jackrabbits grabbed a 67-59 win over the Bison on Tuesday, behind a 18-point effort from Mike Daum at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

Maryland got 18 points from Robert Carter but lost anyway, 64-61, to Michigan State on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Betting Trends
  • South Dakota State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of South Dakota State's last 5 games
  • Maryland is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games

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