Summit League Preview: Jackrabbit Men at Omaha, Host South Dakota
A five-game winning streak for South Dakota State has opened up a slim half-game lead for first place in Summit League men's basketball. But to stay on top, SDSU faces a tough road test to start week seven.
The Jackrabbits (19-5/8-2) play in Omaha, Wednesday night.
SDSU won the first meeting of the year, 87-76, just twelve days ago, shooting nearly 60 percent and getting a combined 50 points from George Marshall (28) and Deondre Parks (22).
The Jacks defense was especially good in the first half, limiting UNO to 39 percent shooting.
The Mavericks (15-10/7-4) have the highest scoring offense in the Summit League (82 points per game), and are also #1 in free throw attempts and makes (41 more than any other conference team), field goal percentage (47%) and steals (9 per game).
Tra-Deon Hollins leads the nation in steals. Devin Patterson and Jake White are in the top four among Summit League scorers.
The key to beating UNO is slowing down their up tempo transition game
Tipoff is 7:00 PM in Omaha, Thursday night.
The Jackrabbits are back home Saturday hosting South Dakota.
SDSU won the first meeting with the Coyotes, 79-75, last month in Vermillion. USD led by 11 points 14 minutes into the game when George Marshall sparked the Jackrabbit offense with seven straight points to make it a four-point game at the break.
South Dakota State reeled off 15 of the first 17 points in the second half to take the lead and survived a late USD run to notch the victory. Mike Daum's double-double (23 points/11 rebounds) led the way.
The two teams were just about even in every statistic, except three-point shooting, where SDSU drained five more long range shots than USD.
South Dakota (11-14/3-8) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 91-79 win at home against Oral Roberts last Saturday.
The Coyotes are second on the Summit League with the fewest assists and most assists per game, but last in fouls and opponents field goal and three-point percentage.
Tipoff is 4:30 PM in Brookings, Saturday afternoon
South Dakota State won its lone game last week, a 80-58 victory over IUPUI at Frost Arena, extending their home winning streak to 26 games, the fourth longest current streak in the nation.
Marshall, Parks, and Mike Daum all scored in double figures for the Jacks, who held the Jaguars to just 36 percent shooting on the night.
I talked with Jackrabbits head coach Scott Nagy about last week's win and this week's games with Omaha and South Dakota: