Betting on today’s Pioneers and Jackrabbits game? Catch the action at Frost Arena in Brookings, SD, as the Jackrabbits hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on Summ. This Summit conference matchup has an over/under of 161 points, and South Dakota State is favored to win by -8.5 at home vs. Denver.


The Pick: Denver Pioneers +8.5

This game will be played at Frost Arena at 8:00 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Jackrabbits.
  • Even though we have South Dakota State winning straight-up, we like Denver at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 161 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can the Pioneers Pull Off a Win at Brookings?

After defeating North Dakota State by a score of 77-71, Denver’s overall record now stands at 15-13. When playing on the road, the Pioneers have a 5-10 record, while they are 6-3 at home. As of now, Denver holds a 11-12-1 record vs. the spread heading into today’s game. On the road, the Pioneers are 6-8-1 ATS, while they are 5-4 vs. the spread at home.

Up to this point, games involving Denver have had an average of 166.4 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 155.6 points. Their over/under record is 18-6-0. The Pioneers’ last five games have finished with a combined 164 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.

Against North Dakota State, the Denver had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 84.4 points per game. They scored 77 points and posted a field goal percentage of 54% in the game. The top scorer for the Pioneers was Tommy Bruner with 41 points, while Touko Tainamo also added 13 to the scoreboard.

Coming into the game, Denver will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 81.2 points per game (327th). Denver’s three-point defense is currently 120th in the country at 6.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.5% of their shots vs. Denver.

Can The Jackrabbits Secure a Home Victory?

In their most recent game, South Dakota State fell to Kansas City by a score of 72-67 and enter today’s matchup with a 15-12 record. When playing away from home, the Jackrabbits have a 5-7 record compared to their 6-5 record at home. South Dakota State has a subpar ATS record at 10-13. In their last five games, the team is 2-3 vs. the spread.

South Dakota State comes in with an over/under record of 13-10-0 through 27 games, with their games averaging a combined 148.6 points per game so far. When analyzing the Jackrabbits’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 147 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.

In contrast to their season average of 76.7 points per game, the South Dakota State had a below average performance. They scored 67 points against Kansas City and had a field goal percentage of 39.3%. In terms of three-point shooting, the Jackrabbits offense has been good from outside, hitting 35% of their three-pointers on an average of 23.7 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 47%.

On defense, South Dakota State is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 72.7 points per game. In their previous game vs. Kansas City, the Roos finished with a field goal percentage of 38% and a total of 72 points vs. South Dakota State.