South Dakota State (11-5) at South Dakota (6-10)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 5, 5:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: DakotaDome (10,000) -- Vermillion, South Dakota.
Television: Midco Sports Network. Home Record: SDSU 6-0, South Dakota 4-3.
Away Record: SDSU 3-5, South Dakota 1-6. Neutral Record: SDSU 2-0, South
Dakota 1-1. Conference Record: SDSU 2-1, South Dakota 2-2. Series Record: SDSU
GAMES NOTES: In a battle on instate rivals the South Dakota State Jackrabbits
square off with the South Dakota Coyotes in a Summit League showdown at the
DakotaDome on Saturday evening.
The Jackrabbits have been on the road for their last five games with the
most recent contest ending in a 77-61 rout of UMKC. South Dakota State
hasn't managed to really get much rhythm during the road trip as the
Jackrabbits have traded wins and losses over the last five games. South
Dakota State is 11-5 overall and 2-1 in Summit League play entering this
matchup. South Dakota State returns home for its next two games beginning
South Dakota kicked off a three-game homestand with a 92-66 rout at the
hands of North Dakota State on Thursday. The loss was the third in the last
four games for the Coyotes who are just 6-10 overall. That mark includes an
even split of their four conference games. South Dakota will finish off this
homestand against UMKC next Saturday before playing five times on the road
in the next six games.
This marks the 204th meeting between these two programs all time. In that
time South Dakota State has amassed an 116-88 advantage although the teams
split the season series a year ago.
In the win over UMKC South Dakota State posted its highest point total since
Dec. 6 as the JAckrabbits nailed 50.9 percent of their shots from the floor
including an impressive 12-of-27 from beyond the arc. Nate Wolters (23
points) and Jordan Dykstra (21 points) really had it going in the victory.
Wolters (20.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 5.7 apg) has been one of the most productive and
versatile players in the Summit League if not the entire country. The 6-foot-4
guard leads the league in both scoring and assists and is also among the top
five performers on the glass. Dykstra (13.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg) has teamed with
Wolters to form a lethal one-two punch for the Jackrabbits, while Tony Fiegen
(10.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg) has also made solid contributions. Led by Wolters the
Jackrabbits are the highest scoring team in the Summit League (72.1 ppg) as
well as the conference leader in assists (14.9 pg).
As for South Dakota, the Coyotes were run off the court by North Dakota State.
The Coyotes allowed the Bison to shoot a blistering 63.8 percent from the
floor in the game including an incredible 21-of-26 performance in the first
half. The Coyotes were also on the short end of a 32-20 deficit in rebounds
and a 46-22 deficit on points in the paint.
South Dakota's leader is Juevol Myles (14.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.1 apg) who leads
the team in scoring, assists and steals. However, Myles has been a less than
consistent scorer as he shoots at just a 38.6 percent clip from the floor
while being kept out of double figures three times in the last eight games.
Trevor Gruis (11.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg) and Karim Rowson (10.5 ppg) provide
complementary options, especially Gruis who shoots better than 50 percent from
the field. Scoring hasn't been too much of an issue for South Dakota which
checks in at 70.7 points per game. However the defensive effort has been
another story as the Coyotes are lit up for 75.1 points per game on 45.3
Considering how poorly the Coyotes have played defensively this season it is
hard to imagine they will be able to slow down Wolters and keep the
Jackrabbits out of the win column.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: South Dakota State 76, South Dakota 67
01/05 10:31:39 ET