IUPUI (3-5) at South Dakota (3-4)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 1, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: DakotaDome (10,000) -- Vermillion, South Dakota.
Television: None. Home Record: IUPUI 2-1, USD 2-1. Away Record: IUPUI 0-2, USD
0-2. Neutral Record: IUPUI 1-2, USD 1-1. Conference Record: IUPUI 0-1, USD
0-1. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAMES NOTES: After both teams got off to bad starts in Summit League play, the
IUPUI Jaguars and South Dakota Coyotes will try to bounce back when the two
meet up at the DakotaDome Saturday night.
IUPUI has lost four of its last five games including a 79-65 defeat on the
road to UMKC in the conference opener. The setback dropped the Jaguars to 3-5
overall this season and 0-2 in away games. That's bad news for IUPUI which
plays its next two games on the road as well.
South Dakota had won back-to-back games for the first time this season before
a heartbreaking 73-71 loss to Western Illinois in its conference opener. South
Dakota is 3-4 overall this season but two of those victories have come against
competition below the Division I level. South Dakota will also be on the road
in its next two contests.
These two teams met for the first time last season and split the season
In its loss to UMKC, IUPUI really struggled in the first half shooting 34.6
percent while totaling only nine field goals. Despite an improvement to 48.4
percent shooting in the second half the 45-26 deficit at the half proved too
much to overcome. In his first start of the season P. J. Hubert led four
players in double figures with 18 points, including a 4-of-5 effort from 3-
Such poor offensive numbers were out of the ordinary for the Jaguars who
normally score at a relatively strong rate of 71.6 points per game. IUPUI also
shoots a respectable percentage (45.2) but has had trouble stopping other
teams by allowing 73.6 points per game on 45.8 percent shooting. IUPUI also
has a negative differential on the boards (-3.9). Mitchell Patton (15.9 ppg,
6.0 rpg) and John Hart (15.0 ppg) are normally the top offensive options and
the only ones to be averaging in double figures. Donovan Gibbs (9.4 ppg, 8.2
rpg) can hang up a double-double from time to time and Hubert (7.9 ppg) showed
how capable he can be when given more playing time. Greg Rice (7.8 ppg) is the
only other player scoring more than six points a game.
South Dakota clawed its way back in the final minute of its matchup with
Western Illinois. After trailing 67-60 with under a minute remaining, Juevol
Myles' 3-pointer with seven seconds left tied the game at 71-71. However Ceola
Clark hit a shot at the buzzer on the other end to grab the win from the
Coyotes. Myles had a game-high 21 points, while handing out five assists in
the losing effort.
Like IUPUI, South Dakota is also scoring with reasonable success, averaging
72.1 points per game on 45.0 percent shooting. The Coyotes are also similar to
the Jaguars in their defensive efforts, allowing 74.9 points per game while
falling victim to a -5.3 deficit in rebounding. Myles (14.3 ppg, 4.3 apg) is
the top scoring option as well as the lead facilitator on offense. However he
could certainly stand to improve on his efficiency (37.2 FG percentage). Karim
Rowson (11.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and Trevor Gruis (10.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg) are also
scoring in double figures and serve as the two best rebounders on the roster.
Tyler Flack (9.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and Casey Kasperbauer (9.4 ppg) can also score
when called upon.
In a game of evenly matched teams the difference will be which squad can
maintain its offensive rhythm. South Dakota's advantage of playing on its home
floor is a nice bonus.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: South Dakota 74, IUPUI 70
12/01 10:38:04 ET