UMKC (6-17) at South Dakota State (17-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 5:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Frost Arena (8,500) -- Fargo, South Dakota. Television: FCS, Midco Sports Network. Home Record: UMKC 1-9. SDSU 10-0. Away Record: UMKC 3-7, SDSU 5-6. Neutral Record: UMKC 2-1, SDSU 2-0. Conference Record: UMKC 3-7, SDSU 8-2. Series Record: SDSU leads, 9-5.
GAMES NOTES: After pulling into a tie at the top of the Summit League standings the South Dakota State Jackrabbits will try to maintain their spot when they face off with the UMKC Kangaroos on Saturday at Frost Arena.
UMKC has not had similar success. After a miserable 71-34 loss to North Dakota State on Thursday the Kangaroos have fallen to 6-17 overall this season and just 3-7 on the road. The loss was the third straight for UMKC which will finish up this three-game road trip on Wednesday against Houston Baptist.
The wins have been piling up for South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits eased by intrastate rival South Dakota on Thursday, 67-54, to pick up their sixth straight victory. The triumph improved the Jackrabbits to 17-6 overall with that mark including an 8-2 showing in Summit League competition which has them tied with North Dakota State and Western Illinois at the top of the league standings. This is the final home game of this three-contest stand for South Dakota State which has yet to be defeated in 10 chances at Frost Arena.
When these teams met back on Jan. 3 South Dakota State rolled to a 77-61 victory. It was the third straight for the JAckrabbits who lead the all-time series, 9-5.
A ghastly offensive effort doomed UMKC against North Dakota State. The Kangaroos managed to collected just 11 total field goals in the contest while hitting 26.2 percent of their shots from the floor. UMKC was also outscored by massive margins in the paint (32-10) and off turnovers (30-4).
Putting up enough of an effort on the offensive end has been a tough task for UMKC. The Kangaroos rank just eighth in the Summit League in both scoring and field goal percentage as they score just 61.6 points per game on 42.5 percent shooting. The Kangaroos offense can be stagnant at times with the team among the 15 worst in the country in assists (9.6 pg). Making matters worse is how poorly they play on defense where they allow 71.7 points per game while teams shoot 48.1 percent from the field. Estan Tyler (11.3 ppg) and Thomas Staton (10.8 ppg) are the only real consistent scorers and two of only three averaging more than seven points per game.
Led by a game-high 19 points from Nate Wolters and a double-double from Jordan Dykstra (18 points, 14 rebounds), South Dakota State was able to vanquish their instate rivals. The Jackrabbits forced 17 turnovers in the contest, while committing only eight themselves, and also hit 9-of-22 shots from beyond the arc.
Having Wolters at the top of the scoring sheet has been a common sight this season. The 6-foot-4 guard (20.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 5.9 apg) is the second leading scorer in the Summit League while leading it in assists and fitting among the top 10 in rebounds. Jordan Dykstra (13.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg) has also not been no stranger to big performances as well as he is among the top five rebounders in the conference while serving as the second scoring option. Led by Wolters the Jackrabbits have been the second best scoring team in the Summit League (72.3 ppg), while leading in assists (14.4 pg). The Jackrabbits also shoot a solid 45.6 percent from the field and collect the third most rebounds among league teams (34.3 pg).
The Kangaroos just don't have the type of offensive firepower to keep up with Wolters and company. Expect the Jackrabbits to keep on rolling
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: South Dakota State 79, UMKC 68
02/02 11:01:49 ET