South Dakota (8-18) at Montana State (10-14)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 24, 3 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Worthington Arena (7,250) -- Bozeman, Montana.
Television: None. Home Record: USD 5-7, MSU 8-4. Away Record: USD 2-10, MSU
2-10. Neutral Record: USD 1-1, MSU 0-0. Conference Record: USD 4-10, MSU 7-9.
Series Record: Montana State leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The South Dakota Coyotes try to snap a six-game slide on Sunday
afternoon when they challenge the Montana State Bobcats as part of the annual
BracketBusters series at Worthington Arena in Bozeman.
This is the first of three straight road dates for the Coyotes to close out
the 2012-13 regular season, with stops at IUPUI and Western Illinois to
follow. Last weekend the team was at home against IPFW and bowed to the
visitors in a 64-51 final, dropping USD to just 4-10 in Summit League play.
As for the Bobcats, representing the Big Sky Conference, they too have been
watching from the sidelines since last Saturday when they were tripped up by
Weber State in a 69-61 final. The loss was the fourth in a row and the fifth
in six tries for a group that is two games under .500 (7-9) in conference
The Bobcats won the first and only meeting between the programs during the
1946-47 campaign with a 63-59 decision.
South Dakota fell behind immediately against IPFW last weekend, trailing by as
many as 21 points in the second half before cutting the deficit to 13 points
at the conclusion of the matchup. Trevor Gruis led three players in double
figures for the Coyotes with 12 points, followed by Casey Kasperbauer and
Juevol Myles with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for a squad that shot only
38.0 percent from the field and 5-of-17 behind the 3-point line.
Myles is responsible for a team-best 15.2 ppg and is also the one who keeps
the offense in gear with his 71 assists, as the Coyotes generate a modest 70.3
ppg. Gruis checks in with 11.4 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Brandon Bos (10.8 ppg) and
Kasperbauer (8.6 ppg) give the squad a presence on the outside with a
collective 92 3-pointers on the season.
Against one of the top teams in the Big Sky last weekend, the Bobcats didn't
completely fold, yet still suffered an eight-point road loss versus Weber
State. The defense for MSU allowed the Wildcats to connect on a staggering
64.1 percent from the floor for the entire game, yet forced 15 turnovers at
the same time. Marcus Colbert dropped in 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting beyond
the arc for Montana State, followed by Christian Moon and Paul Egwuonwu with
15 and 12 points, respectively.
During this four-game losing streak for the Bobcats, the team has had a
different leading scorer each time out and that may be part of the problem. As
it stands after 24 games, the leading scorer for the program is Moon with his
13.3 ppg, although he has only appeared in 16 contests. Xavier Blount (10.6
ppg) and Flavien Davis (10.5 ppg) have also had their moments for the group,
but still MSU is being outscored by the competition on the regular basis.
Nothing like waiting more than six decades to exact some revenge, but that's
the storyline for the Coyotes as they take the floor on Sunday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: South Dakota 66, Montana State 62
02/24 10:30:44 ET
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