South Dakota State vs. Boise State Prediction and Odds for Wednesday, November 9 (Broncos Roll at Home)

Boise State Broncos guard Marcus Shaver Jr.
Boise State Broncos guard Marcus Shaver Jr. / Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The Boise State Broncos open their 2022-23 season against the 0-1 South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Wednesday night.

The Jackrabbits lost a close game to Akron, 81-80 in their season opener. After making the NCAA Tournament last season, the Jackrabbits lost Baylor Scheierman to the transfer portal but still returned several other players from last year’s squad. 

The Broncos have some questions down low this season, but they added transfers Chibuzo Agbo (Texas Tech) and Mohamed Sylla (Detroit) to join freshman Sadraque Nganga.

South Dakota State was 30-5 last season, going 18-0 in conference play to earn a berth to the tourney. The Broncos were 27-8 out of a loaded Mountain West last season. 

Here are the odds for this matchup: 

South Dakota State vs. Boise State Odds, Spread and Total

South Dakota State vs. Boise State Prediction and Pick

If there’s anything we know about this South Dakota team, it’s that it will shoot the 3-ball at will. 

The Jackrabbits shot an impressive 43.7% from beyond the arc last season, but they only hit 4-of-15 3-pointers in the one-point loss to Akron to open this season. 

I think that will change as the season progresses, but the Jackrabbits showed in the season opener that they are still a team that relies on offense, not defense, to win games. 

That could be trouble against a Boise State team that is certainly a step up in class. This line has actually moved in favor of the Broncos after opening at -5.5, and I think they’re still the side to back. 

Boise State should be able to get whatever looks it wants on offense, and South Dakota State already showed that it is susceptible to giving up a big offensive game in its season opener. I’ll fade the Jackrabbits on the road here. 

Find Peter Dewey’s full betting record here.

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