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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 28, 9:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Frost Arena (6,500) -- Brookings, South Dakota. Television: Midco Sports Net. Home Record: UND 1-0, SDSU 2-0. Away Record: UND 0-3, SDSU 0-2. Neutral Record: UND 0-0, SDSU 2-0. Conference Record: UND 0-0, SDSU 0-0. Series Record: North Dakota leads, leads 106-78.
GAME NOTES: Familiar foes get together at Frost Arena in Brookings on Wednesday night, as South Dakota State entertains North Dakota in non- conference action in Brookings.
The SDSU Jackrabbits, members of the Summit League, are in the midst of a three-game home stand that began with an 81-72 win over Southwest Minnesota State a week ago and will continue on Saturday with a meeting versus Omaha to open conference play. The victory against Southwest Minnesota State was the team's third in a row and the fourth in the last five outings, the lone setback during that span being a 66-63 loss to Hofstra on the road .
As for North Dakota, a team that recently retired its nickname and will go without a moniker for the time being, it has won just once in four tries in the early going with an 87-51 thrashing of Crown College at home two weeks ago. After that, UND bowed to Northern Iowa (72-47) and Hawaii eight days ago (71-66) in a relatively close call.
North Dakota holds a considerable 106-78 advantage in the all-time series between the two teams, but in the games played in Brookings, the hosts are ahead by a 52-35 count. The teams spilt a home-and-home series last season, and those were the first meetings since 2004.
Against the Rainbow Warriors out in Honolulu, UND put up a good fight but still came out on the losing end of a five-point decision. Aaron Anderson and Josh Schuler led the way with 17 points apiece for the visitors, followed by Brandon Brekke who tallied 10 points and seven rebounds in a reserve role. Anderson, one of only two players to have started all four games, leads the way with his 13.3 ppg, although his 31.8 percent accuracy from the floor overall is actually worse than his 33.3 percent effort behind the three-point line. Unfortunately for North Dakota, the team has been dealing with the loss of Troy Huff (12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) to a concussion, an injury that continues to have him listed as questionable for the time being. Schuler is the only other active double-digit scorer for the group with his 10.0 ppg.
Even though Southwest Minnesota State is a Division II program, the Mustangs still gave the Jackrabbits a run for their money in the last outing, the visitors shooting 50.8 percent from the field in order to keep things interesting. SDSU knocked down only 43.9 percent from the floor, but the team made up for it with a 14-4 scoring edge at the free-throw line. Nate Wolters led the way with a double-double consisting of 21 points and 10 rebounds, coming within three assists of a triple-double in fact. Chad White contributed 19 points off the bench, hitting 5-of-7 beyond the arc, followed by Tony Fiegen who was a point shy of a double-double himself as he cleared 10 boards. The team's leading scorer in four games this season, Wolters is one of the top producers in the nation with 22.0 ppg, shooting 52.2 percent on the perimeter and adding 38 assists in order to keep his teammates involved. Wolters is also first on the unit with 11 steals and second with 6.3 rpg, showing that there's nothing he can't do.
With Wolters taking the lead in so many areas, there's still plenty of room left for his teammates to fill in the gaps and that's how the Jackrabbits will come up with the win in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: South Dakota State 79, North Dakota 65
11/28 10:32:20 ET
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