College Basketball Picks: December 10th 2013
South Dakota State vs. Minnesota
Prediction: South Dakota State +16.5
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This is an annual series and one that Minnesota has dominated by no surprise. They won 88-64 last year as a 15.5 point favorite. Minnesota is playing good ball this year under first year coach Richard Pitino. They are 8-2 overall, including a perfect 6-0 SU at home, winning by an average of 17 points on their home court. For South Dakota State, they are learning how to play ball without NBA draft pick Nate Wolters. The Jackrabbits are still a team that has perimeter shooters and can put the ball in the basket. Their struggles on offense have come though by the way off too many turnovers. What I like about this team tonight is that they have some big guards that can beat the press of Minnesota and get some easy baskets. Minnesota will then drop back into a zone and South Dakota State has shooters to make shots and they also have two legit scorers in the paint, including Florida transfer Cody Larson who is leading the team shooting 51% from the floor.
Minnesota has a great team and they do not have many weaknesses, but this spread tonight is inflated because of previous series history, and this year’s road struggles for the Jackrabbits, and the success of Minnesota at home. Look for South Dakota State to keep this game within the 11-14 point range tonight.
Play on: South Dakota State