Western Illinois (3-3) at South Dakota (3-3)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, November 29, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The DakotaDome (10,000) -- Vermillion, South Dakota.
Television: Midco Sports Network. Home Record: Western Illinois 1-0, South
Dakota 2-0. Away Record: Western Illinois 0-3, South Dakota 0-2. Neutral
Record: Western Illinois 2-0, South Dakota 1-1. Conference Record: Western
Illinois 0-0, South Dakota 0-0. Series Record: Series tied, 2-2.
GAME NOTES: The South Dakota Coyotes are set to tip-off Summit League action
on Thursday when they host the Western Illinois Leathernecks at The
The Leathernecks dropped a 39-38 decision to Savannah State their last time
out, which makes their record 3-3 entering conference action. Western Illinois
has alternated wins and losses so far this season. Coach Jim Molinari's team
got off to a slow start versus Savannah State and trailed 20-4 early in the
first half. Western Illinois managed to fight back to make it a one-point game
with seconds remaining in regulation. The rally came up just short as Don
McAvoy III's last-second attempt fell short.
South Dakota is riding a two-game winning streak after a pair wins over NAIA
programs, Culver-Stockton (81-73) and Waldorf (84-59). The victories brought
the Coyotes up to the .500 mark with a 3-3 record. Coach Dave Boots has had
tremendous success with the program with only one losing season in his
previous 24 seasons at the school. However, only four of those seasons were at
the Division I level. This will be just the second season for South Dakota as
a member of the Summit League.
The all-time series between these conference rivals is tied, 2-2. However,
South Dakota's two wins in the rivalry came in 1969 and 1970. The Leathernecks
won both meetings last season by scores of 67-44 and 47-45.
The Leathernecks' offensive production has been dictating their wins and
losses. In the wins, Western Illinois is averaging 65.7 ppg, but it is netting
only 44 ppg in the three losses. Senior center Terell Parks is leading the
team with 13 points and 8.2 rebounds per outing. Parks was named 2012 Summit
League Honorable Mention and to the league's All-Newcomer team last season.
Senior guard Ceola Clark III is second on the team with 11.2 ppg while ranking
in the top 10 in seven of the league's statistical categories, including
minutes per game (34.2), steals (11), and assists (20).
South Dakota was able to surpass the 80-point mark in its last two games
versus NAIA schools, but it only accomplished that feat once in its first four
games versus Division I competition. The Coyotes were demolished in their two
road games at Wyoming (71-51) and Gonzaga (96-58), but they played much better
at a neutral site in Laramie, Wyoming. The team defeated North Carolina
Central, 81-69, behind a breakout performance from true freshman Tyler Flack,
who scored 21 points. Flack is second on the team and one of four Coyotes
scoring in double figures. Kansas State transfer Juevol Myles is pacing the
squad with 13.2 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.1 steals per game.
This new Summit League rivalry should be interesting with Myles added into the
mix. He will give Clark a challenge early on in league play. South Dakota will
need another big performance from Flack as the team lacks consistent scoring.
Western Illinois also will have to locate a consistent scorer to aid Parks.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Illinois 57, South Dakota 53
11/29 10:37:45 ET