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Summit League final: Dakotas battle

In a tournament that pretty much went chalk from the very start, the No. 1 South Dakota State Jackrabbits will try and bring home the title tonight against the No. 3 North Dakota State Bison in the Summit League Championship.

The Jackrabbits have gotten the best of this series over the past two seasons with a 3-1 straight-up record in four previous meetings and a perfect 4-0 mark against the spread. The only blemish during this run was a 65-62 loss in late December as 7-point underdogs on the road.

The total has stayed UNDER in the last three games.

South Dakota State battles the Bison, currently sitting with a 24-8 mark (17-12 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 12-12-1 for the Jackrabbits and 6-19 for the Bison.

View North Dakota State vs South Dakota State Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
Watch for Summit League title game odds at 5Dimes - It's a betting matchup between the No. 83-rated Jackrabbits and the No. 50-ranked Bison, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 77-74 result in favor of the Bison.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and South Dakota State has the nation's No. 35-rated offensive output, at 73.9 PPG. The visiting Bison defense ranks No. 6 allowing on average 55.1 PPG. The Jackrabbits FG% has averaged 47% so far, almost the same as the Bison marksmen have achieved on the year, 47% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, North Dakota State owns the country's No. 5-rated mark, allowing 57.6 points per game on the highway. South Dakota State, on the other hand, rates No. 53 in scoring at home.

North Dakota State won its last outing, a 55-43 result against Western Illinois on March 11. They covered in that game as a 6-point favorite. TrayVonn Wright scored 19 points leading the Bison to a 55-43 victory over Western Illinois at Sioux Falls Arena on Monday.

Last time out for South Dakota State, they were a 72-56 winner as they battled IUPU Fort Wayne at home. They covered in the match as a 9-point favorite. The Jackrabbits grabbed a 72-56 win over the Mastodons on Monday, behind an 18 -point effort from Nate Wolters at Sioux Falls Arena.