Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. South Dakota Coyotes Free Prediction 12/21/18

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It will be a showdown between two exceptional defenses when the South Dakota Coyotes (6-6) go head-to-head with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (7-4) at Sanford Coyote Sports Center. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, December 21, 2018.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles at South Dakota Coyotes ATS Odds

Both teams thoroughly outplayed their last opponent. The Coyotes defeated the York (NE) Panthers 83-58, while the Golden Eagles beat the Southeastern Baptist Chargers 111-66.

Southern Miss played a perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.269 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 43.5. Southeastern Baptist recorded marks of 0.100 and 20.4, respectively, for those same stats. The Coyotes, meanwhile, had a much better free throw rate (0.266 vs. 0.055) and had a much better turnover percentage (9.8 vs. 24.4). South Dakota was lifted by Trey Burch-Manning, who recorded 22 points and eight rebounds. Cortez Edwards, meanwhile played a pivotal role for Southern Miss with eight points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Coyotes won the only game between these two teams last season, 84-71. One of South Dakota’s largest advantages was getting to the free throw line. They made 29 trips to the line, while Southern Miss went 16 times. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

Edwards has been impressive recently for Southern Miss, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

South Dakota might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they face off against one of the nation’s best defenses. Southern Miss ranks 17th in defensive efficiency, while the Coyotes rank 276th in offensive efficiency.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. South Dakota Coyotes Odds Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – South Dakota, ATS Winner – Southern Miss, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Southern Miss ranks 14th in assists per game (17.9) while South Dakota ranks 197th (11.6).
  • The Golden Eagles rank 20th in steals per game (8.7) while the Coyotes rank 88th (6.8).
  • Southern Miss averages 38.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 52nd in the NCAA. South Dakota ranks 99th in rebounds allowed per game (34.1).
  • The Coyotes rank 66th in three pointers allowed per game (20.4) while the Golden Eagles rank 226th (26.1).
  • Southern Miss ranks 54th in blocks per game (4.1) while South Dakota ranks 136th in blocks allowed per game (4.3).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Coyotes’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.0, up from 1.3 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Golden Eagles have scored an average of 76.4 points per game (1.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 64.6 points per game (2.9 above their season average).