South Dakota State (4-6) at Minnesota (8-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 10, 8 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Williams Arena (14,625) -- Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Television: BTN. Home Record: SDSU 4-1, Minnesota 6-0. Away Record: SDSU 0-4,
Minnesota 2-0. Neutral Record: SDSU 0-1, Minnesota 0-2. Conference Record:
SDSU 0-0, Minnesota 0-0. Series Record: Minnesota leads, 16-0.
GAME NOTES: The South Dakota State Jackrabbits try yet again to score their
first win away from home this season, as they clash with the Minnesota Golden
Gophers in non-conference play at Williams Arena tonight.
Sporting a home mark of 4-1, the Jackrabbits have come up empty in four true
road dates as well as their one neutral-site clash with Loyola Marymount in
San Diego early last month. The team has been out of action since last
Wednesday when it destroyed visiting Dakota State in an 88-62 victory at home
in Frost Arena. The win snapped a two-game slide for the program.
Unfortunately for SDSU, the team is heading to Minneapolis where the Gophers
are a perfect 6-0 at the moment. In the midst of a seven-game homestand which
began with a 71-61 triumph over Florida State last week as part of the ACC/Big
Ten Challenge, Minnesota also tackled New Orleans quite convincingly over the
weekend in an 89-65 final.
In terms of the all-time series between these two teams, the Golden Gophers
own a commanding 16-0 advantage versus SDSU. Dating back to 1930, every single
game in the series has been played in Minneapolis, the most recent of those
coming last season as the Gophers claimed a commanding 88-64 victory.
Against Dakota State, the Jacks not only shot 56.4 percent from the field, but
also 9-of-18 behind the 3-point line, making it that much easier to enjoy the
lopsided victory. Except for Brayden Carlson who scored just seven points in
31 minutes of action, every starter for SDSU landed in double figures,
beginning with Cody Larson and Jordan Dykstra with 17 points apiece, the
former also clearing 12 rebounds. Anders Broman and Chad White pitched in with
11 points apiece as the team secured a rebounding advantage of 40-27.
Balanced scoring has been the name of the game for South Dakota State in the
early going this season with four active players putting up double figures.
Dykstra leads the way with 17.2 ppg, thanks to his 17-of-43 shooting behind
the 3-point line, and at the same time he is the top rebounder with 8.5 rpg as
well. Carlson (12.3 ppg), Larson (12.2 ppg) and White (10.5 ppg) help to push
the group to 72.8 ppg.
Scoring the first points of the game against New Orleans, the Golden Gophers
never looked back as they led by as many as 24 before settling for the 15-
point victory at home over the Privateers. Andre Hollins led a list of five
players in double figures with his 18 points, followed by Austin Hollins with
13 as the duo combined for eight assists and five steals. Maurice Walker and
DeAndre Mathieu contributed 11 points apiece, the former clearing eight
rebounds and the latter handing out a team-best five assists, while Oto
Osenieks and Joey King accounted for 10 points each.
Andre and Austin Hollins have been shouldering the load for the Golden Gophers
through the first 10 games, the former posting 16.6 ppg and 29 assists, while
the latter contributes 13.2 ppg, clears 6.7 rpg and has accounted for both 24
dishes and 17 steals. Also having a hand in the unit's success has been
Mathieu, the only other player averaging double digits in scoring with his
10.1 ppg. But just as important as his own points, Mathieu is also responsible
for 52 assists, more than one-third of the unit's total, as they help to
generate 77.4 ppg.
The home schedule really has not been that challenging for the Gophers to this
point, but if the Jackrabbits think they can use their lopsided win over
Dakota State as a springboard to something bigger and better at Williams Arena
tonight, they've got another thing coming.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Minnesota 79, South Dakota State 65
12/10 10:31:24 ET
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