South Dakota (9-18) at IUPUI (6-23)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 28, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Jungle (1,215) -- Indianapolis, Indiana. Television: None. Home Record: USD 5-7, IUPUI 4-8. Away Record: USD 3-10, IUPUI 1-13. Neutral Record: USD 1-1, IUPUI 1-2. Conference Record: USD 4-10, IUPUI 1-13. Series Record: South Dakota leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: The IUPUI Jaguars hope to end their 13-game slide as they host the South Dakota Coyotes in The Jungle for a Summit League tilt.
This will be the fourth meeting in history between these schools on the hardwood. South Dakota is 2-1 versus IUPUI after completing an 88-68 rout of the Jaguars on Dec. 1. Juevol Myles propelled the Coyotes to the win by tallying 26 points, six rebounds and six assists. John Hart pumped in 29 points for IUPUI in the setback.
South Dakota concluded its six-game losing slide on Sunday as it took a brief break from Summit League play to down Montana State, 85-74, on the road in the final edition of the BracketBusters event. The win lifted the Coyotes to 9-18 on the season and to 3-10 in true away tests. South Dakota will next finish off its regular season slate on March 2, at Western Illinois. Myles, who transferred from Kansas State after the 2010-11 campaign, paces the team with 15.3 points and 2.9 assists per tilt.
All five of the Coyotes starters scored in double figures in the win over the Bobcats on Sunday. Brandon Bos sank four 3-pointers en route to 21 points, while Myles netted 12 of his 16 points in the second half. South Dakota connected on 49 percent of its field goals, including 10 from beyond the arc and went 21-of-24 at the free-throw line. On the season, the Coyotes have the fourth most productive scoring offense in the conference at 70.9 ppg, but they are very poor defensively with an allowed average of 75.0 ppg.
IUPUI came very close to snapping its losing streak in the BracketBusters on Saturday, but it came up short and fell, 95-88, to Milwaukee in double- overtime. Greg Rice and Sean Esposito combined for 45 points in loss. IUPUI had to rally back after trailing by 11 points to tie the score and force overtime. The Jaguars were then held to just two points in the second extra session, causing the seven-point defeat.
The setback dropped IUPUI to a 6-23 overall record. It now returns to Summit League play in hopes of improving its 1-13 conference standing. During the course of their rocky season, the Jaguars have produced 66.7 points per game against the 77.6 ppg they allow to their opposition. The margin of defeat has been 17.2 points in the 13 defeats during the current losing slide. The losing streak is the longest in the program�s Division I era and is the longest since 1979-80 squad lost 17 straight. Among active players, Mitchell Patton is leading the team in the scoring column with 13.0 ppg, while Donovan Gibbs, Jr. accounts for 6.5 rpg.
IUPUI's lack of success this season has come partially due to its inability to keep its key players healthy. South Dakota should have no trouble overcoming the Jaguars' homecourt advantage to complete the season sweep.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: South Dakota 82, IUPUI 68
02/28 10:34:50 ET