Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Pioneers versus the Jackrabbits? Tip off is at at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on Summ. The game will be played at Frost Arena in Brookings, SD. 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.

Do the Pioneers Stand a Chance on the Road?

This will be Denver’s 29th game of the season, as they currently have a 15-13 record. When playing on the road, they are 5-10, while they hold a 6-3 record at home. As Denver prepares to face South Dakota State, their ATS record stands at 11-12-1. Over their last five games, the team has gone 2-3 vs. the spread.

In 28 games, Denver comes in with an over/under mark of 18-6-0, with their games averaging 166.4 points per game. Over the course of the last five games, the Pioneers’ games have averaged 164 points per game, along with an over/under record of 3-2.

Coming off their recent game, the Denver offense tallied 77 points in a matchup against North Dakota State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 54%, and they made 6 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Tommy Bruner who comes into today’s matchup averaging 25.3. Touko Tainamo also heads into the game with a PPG average of 16.9.

Currently, the Pioneers’ defense holds the 327th rank in the nation, allowing 81.2 points per game. In their previous game vs. North Dakota State, the Bison finished with a field goal percentage of 54% and a total of 71 points vs. Denver.

Will South Dakota State Find a Way to Win at Home?

As they prepare for their 28th game of the year, South Dakota State currently holds a 15-12 overall record. In away games, the Jackrabbits are 5-7, while they are 6-5 when playing at home. South Dakota State has a sub-.500 ATS record, sitting at 10-13. In their last ten games, South Dakota State 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 assessing the Jackrabbits’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 2-1, with their games averaging 151 points per game.

The South Dakota State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 67 points vs. Kansas City. Overall their field goal percentage was 39.3% while connecting on 7 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Zeke Mayo who comes into today’s matchup averaging 18.9. William Kyle III also heads into the game with a PPG average of 13.7.

The Jackrabbits’ defense is presently ranked 189th nationally, allowing an average of 72.7 points per contest. In today’s game vs. Denver, the South Dakota State defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, South Dakota State made 18 free-throws vs. the Jackrabbits.