The FGCU Eagles (2-10), who are currently riding a five-game losing streak, look to get back in the win column when they travel to Frost Arena to clash against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits (7-6). Action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
FGCU Eagles vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits Betting Preview
The Eagles were beaten by the Robert Morris Colonials in their last outing, 64-59. FGCU’s Justus Rainwater had a solid game, contributing 11 points and five rebounds. Robert Morris’ 0.308 free throw rate was their largest advantage over FGCU, who had a mark of 0.123. The Colonials’ mark was above their season average of 0.113, while the Eagles’ was below their season average of 0.188.
In the Jackrabbits’ previous matchup, they defeated the Nebraska-Kearney Antelopes, 66-53. South Dakota State rallied around Douglas Wilson, who had 16 points and nine rebounds. South Dakota State played a perfect contest. They had a free throw rate of 0.193 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.5 (above their season average of 31.8). Nebraska-Kearney had marks of 0.057 and 22.6, respectively, for those same stats.
This is the first time these teams will meet this year. The Eagles won the only game played against each other last season, 84-78. FGCU had a much better turnover percentage (10.4 vs. 19.7). South Dakota State, on the other hand, did a terrific job of making free throws (12-16; 75.0 percent).
The high-powered offense of South Dakota State (29th in the country with an offensive efficiency of 104.0) will battle against the mid-tier defense of FGCU (215th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 100.3). The Jackrabbits figure to have the edge on that side of the ball. Additionally, the Eagles rank 293rd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.183), while the Jackrabbits rank 54th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.187).
FGCU at South Dakota State Free Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – South Dakota State, ATS Winner – South Dakota State, O/U – Under
The Jackrabbits rank 140th in steals per game (5.8) while the Eagles rank 183rd in steals allowed per game (8.4).
South Dakota State ranks 87th in assists per game (12.8) while FGCU ranks 112th in assists allowed per game (12.4).
FGCU averages 25.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 67th in the nation. South Dakota State ranks 253rd in three pointers allowed per game (22.3).
The Jackrabbits average 39.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 58th in the country. The Eagles rank 243rd in rebounds allowed per game (39.3).
FGCU ranks 39th in blocks per game (4.5) while South Dakota State ranks 163rd (2.6).
The Jackrabbits have been outscored by an average of 0.6 points in their last five games. For the season, South Dakota State has defeated opponents by an average of 2.5 points.
During their last five games, the Eagles have scored an average of 55.6 points per game (4.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.2 points per game (2.5 below their season average).