Halftime Report

Fortunes may be turning around for South Dakota after losing five in a row. They have jumped out to a quick 46-41 lead against Denver.

South Dakota came into the matchup with some extra motivation after the defeat they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We'll see if they're able to flip the script or if it'll just be more of the same.

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Denver Pioneers @ South Dakota Coyotes

Current Records: Denver 13-11, South Dakota 9-15

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South Dakota will be in front of their home fans on Thursday, but a look at the spread shows they might need that home-court advantage. They and the Denver Pioneers will face off in a Summit battle at 8:00 p.m. ET at Sanford Coyote Sports Center. Both teams have had a bumpy ride up to this point with five consecutive losses for South Dakota and three for the Pioneers.

Last Sunday, it was a hard-fought matchup, but the Coyotes had to settle for a 70-67 loss against the Jackrabbits. South Dakota has struggled against the Jackrabbits recently, as their match on Sunday was their eighth consecutive lost matchup.

Kaleb Stewart put forth a good effort for the losing side as he scored 27 points along with six rebounds.

We saw a pretty high 163-over/under line set for Denver's previous matchup, but the actual score was more down to earth. They fell 82-76 to the Golden Eagles on Saturday.

The Coyotes have traveled a rocky road recently having lost nine of their last ten matchups, which put a noticeable dent in their 9-15 record this season. As for the Pioneers, they dropped their record down to 13-11 with that defeat, which was their third straight on the road.

This contest is one where the number of possessions is likely to be a big factor: South Dakota have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 39.5 rebounds per game. However, it's not like Denver struggles in that department as they've been averaging 37.3 rebounds per game. Given these competing strengths, it'll be interesting to see how their clash plays out.

South Dakota and the Pioneers were neck-and-neck when the teams last played two weeks ago, but the Coyotes came up empty-handed after a 111-110 defeat. Will South Dakota have more luck at home instead of on the road?


Denver is a 3-point favorite against South Dakota, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Pioneers as a 3.5-point favorite.

The oddsmakers are expecting fireworks from the offense and set the over/under at a high 161.5 points.

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Series History

South Dakota has won 7 out of their last 10 games against Denver.

  • Jan 25, 2024 - Denver 111 vs. South Dakota 110
  • Feb 18, 2023 - Denver 86 vs. South Dakota 68
  • Jan 19, 2023 - Denver 75 vs. South Dakota 60
  • Feb 12, 2022 - South Dakota 84 vs. Denver 76
  • Jan 13, 2022 - South Dakota 80 vs. Denver 71
  • Jan 03, 2021 - South Dakota 79 vs. Denver 57
  • Jan 02, 2021 - South Dakota 93 vs. Denver 54
  • Jan 30, 2020 - South Dakota 93 vs. Denver 87
  • Jan 05, 2020 - South Dakota 80 vs. Denver 78
  • Feb 20, 2019 - South Dakota 72 vs. Denver 45