SDS vs. Providence Prediction
No. 4 seed Providence will look to avoid being the first high seed that is knocked out of the Men’s NCAA Tournament on Thursday afternoon when the Friars host 13-seed South Dakota State at 12:40 p.m. ET. Will the Jackrabbits pull off the small upset?
741 South Dakota Jackrabbits (+2) vs. 742 Providence Friars (-2); o/u 148.5
12:40 p.m. ET, KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
South Dakota State Jackrabbits DFS Snapshot
Douglas Wilson finished Tuesday's 75-69 victory over North Dakota State with 21 points (9-18 FG, 3-5 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and one steal across 34 minutes. Wilson continued his scoring tear into the Summit League tournament, scoring 21 or more in all three contests. Since the start of February, the 6-7 senior has posted an impressive 20.9 ppg on 62.9 percent shooting through 10 games. He and the Jackrabbits are back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2017-18 as one of just two teams in the country to go undefeated in conference play.
Providence Friars DFS Snapshot
Nate Watson scored 26 points and added seven rebounds in Thursday's win over Butler in the Big East quarterfinals. Watson's play was critical on a day where the Friars otherwise struggled offensively -- none of his teammates sank even half of their shots, and only Jared Bynum (16 points, nine of them at the line) cracked double figures. Four of Watson's rebounds came on the offensive glass, leading to critical second-chance points.
March Madness Betting Prediction
The Jackrabbits have covered in 10 of their last 11 neutral site games as an underdog, are 7-2-1 against the number in their last 10 games as an underdog and are 21-7-2 at the window in their last 30 games when facing an opponent with a winning percentage above .600. On the other side, the Friars are just 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games as a favorite, are 7-19 against the number in their last 26 neutral site games and are winless in their last five NCAA Tournament matchups.
MARCH MADNESS BETTING PREDICTION: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE JACKRABBITS +2