The South Dakota Coyotes (7-3) will be at home in Sanford Coyote Sports Center when they clash with the Drake Bulldogs (4-3). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 149 points with South Dakota opening as a 10-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN Full Court.
Drake Bulldogs vs. South Dakota Coyotes Betting Preview
The Bulldogs lost to the Wyoming Cowboys in their last game, 96-89. Drake’s Reed Timmer had a solid performance, leading the team in scoring with 28 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Wyoming had a turnover percentage of 9.6 (better than their season average of 15.7). Drake, meanwhile, did a great job of getting and making free throws (23-29; 79.3 percent).
The last time the Coyotes played, they were beaten by the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils, 96-80. Tyler Hagedorn was South Dakota’s high scorer with 16 points on 5-for-15 shooting. Duke had an offensive rebounding percentage of 51.6 (above their season average of 42.9). South Dakota, meanwhile, forced the Blue Devils into a turnover percentage of 20.4 (above their season average of 12.9).
Looking at effective field goal percentage, South Dakota figures to have a significant advantage. Since last season, the Coyotes offense ranks 56th in that metric at 0.508, while the Drake defense ranks 296th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.530).
Of Drake’s 5 games that accepted bets, three have finished over the projected point total, while 3 of South Dakota’s 6 games have finished over the O/U total. The Coyotes hold a significant advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 7-3 SU and 5-1 ATS, while the Bulldogs are 4-3 SU and 3-1-1 ATS.
The Coyotes won the lone game against the Bulldogs last season, 79-74. South Dakota had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (43.2 vs. 26.7). Drake, meanwhile, did a great job of converting from the free throw line (15-19; 78.9 percent).
Drake Bulldogs vs. South Dakota Coyotes Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – South Dakota, ATS Winner – Drake, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Coyotes rank 28th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while the Bulldogs rank 188th (6.6).
- South Dakota ranks 182nd in blocks allowed per game (3.9) while Drake ranks 226th (4.2).
- South Dakota averages 37.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 37th in the NCAA. Drake ranks 265th in rebounds allowed per game (37.6).
- The Bulldogs rank 42nd in three pointers attempted per game (25.0) while the Coyotes rank 263rd (19.1).
- South Dakota ranks 36th in assists per game (13.0) while Drake ranks 227th in assists allowed per game (14.1).