South Dakota (7-11) at IUPU-Ft. Wayne (8-11)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 17, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Memorial Coliseum (13,000) -- Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Television: None. Home Record: South Dakota 5-4. IPFW 6-0. Away
Record: South Dakota 1-6, IPFW 1-10. Neutral Record: South Dakota 1-1, IPFW
1-1. Conference Record: South Dakota 3-3, IPFW 1-4. Series Record: Tied, 1-1.
GAMES NOTES: Both the South Dakota Coyotes and the IUPU-Ft. Wayne Mastodons
will look to bounce back when they square off at Memorial Coliseum in a Summit
League bout Thursday night.
In a marathon game with UMKC last Saturday, South Dakota fell just short,
90-86, in the final game of a three-contest homestand. The setback was the
third in the last four games for the Coyotes who are now 7-11 overall and an
even 3-3 against teams from the Summit League. South Dakota has just one win
in seven trips on the road this season where the Coyotes will remain in five
of its next six contests including this matchup.
For the second straight game IPFW both failed to score more than 60 points and
earn a victory with an 83-57 defeat to South Dakota State on Saturday. The
Mastodons had won back-to-back games previously and are now 8-11 overall this
season but just 1-4 in conference play. The single win came in a 96-78
shootout against Nebraska-Omaha. IPFW is returning home to Memorial Coliseum,
where it is a perfect 6-0 this season, for the next four games.
These teams have met in each of the last two season with each taking a victory
at home. Those two matchups are the only meetings all-time between the two
A 21-6 run from UMKC midway through the second half proved to be crucial in
the Coyotes loss to the Kangaroos. The run turned an eight-point for South
Dakota into a seven-point deficit which the Coyotes were never able to
overcome. South Dakota allowed the Kangaroos to shoot an incredible 82.6
percent from the field in the final 20 minutes.
Despite being the second-highest scoring team in the Summit League (71.7 ppg)
the Coyotes have struggled to string wins together due to their weak
defensive showings. On the season South Dakota is being lit up for 75.7 points
per game on 45.6 percent shooting. The Coyotes are also facing a deficit on
the boards of more than five rebounds per game. A lack of depth has hurt South
Dakota with only five players scoring more than six points per game. Juevol
Myles (15.8 ppg) has been the most productive scorer but has struggled to hit
shots consistently. Myles shoots just 39.3 percent from the floor. Trevor
Gruis (11.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg) is one of few frontcourt options for South Dakota,
while Karim Rowson (10.3 ppg) has also scored relatively well.
It was also in the second half that IPFW lost control of its contest with
South Dakota State. The Mastodons allowed the Jackrabbits to hit 72.7 percent
of its shots, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc, in the final period while
hitting on just 37.5 percent of their own. A 23-10 deficit in points off of
turnovers did not help matters.
On the scoreboard IPFW has largely fought to even on the season overall
scoring 65.8 points per game while letting up 65.1 for a +0.7 scoring
differential. There is a bit more of a discrepancy between the Mastodon's
shooting percentage (.412) and their opponents (.447). IPFW has managed to be
the most productive team on the glass in the Summit League (36.6 pg) though.
Frank Gaines (18.8 ppg) is the third best scorer in the conference and has
been carrying the Mastodons almost entirely on his own. Luis Jacobo (11.0 ppg)
is the only other player scoring in double figures, while Mario Hines (8.6
ppg, 5.8 rpg) is the leader on the glass.
The Mastodons have been a totally different team at home than on the road.
Although South Dakota will give the Mastodons a challenge, IPFW should be able
to keep riding its homecourt advantage to a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: IUPU-Ft. Wayne 67, South Dakota 64
01/17 10:38:42 ET
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