South Dakota (9-18) at IUPUI (6-23)
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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
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