Summit League Men’s Preview: Coyotes Host IUPUI, Jackrabbits Host Oral Roberts
It's payback week for the South Dakota men, as the Coyotes continue a road trip against teams that beat them at their place last month.
With four wins in the last five games, USD has climbed above .500 in Summit League play for the first time in more than a month. The good news and the bad news for the Coyotes down the stretch: they close out conference play with three straight at home. That's good for obvious reasons, bad because USD has struggled at home, winning just twice in five Summit League games this season.
Saturday afternoon, the Coyotes hope to reverse that trend when they host IUPUI. USD lost the first meeting 65-50 last month, never recovering from an early 20-5 deficit. The Jaguars showed great balance and depth in that game, getting six more more points from seven different players, including 33 of their 65 points from their bench. Coyotes head coach Craig Smith says that make this a tough team to defend:
Tipoff is 2:30 PM Saturday in Vermillion.
The Jackrabbits share the top spot in the Summit League with North Dakota State, after a 79-77 win at Western Illinois Wednesday night. In that game Cody Larson had a key three-point play late and George Marshall hit the game winner with :59 left to season SDSU's 20th win on the season.
Saturday, the Jacks host Oral Roberts, looking for a season sweep of the Golden Eagles, after winning 76-72 in Tulsa last month. Larson overcame a slow start in that one to finish with a career high 27 points and 12 rebounds.
SDSU head coach Scott Nagy says ORU will be looking to stop Larson in the rematch:
Tipoff is 7:00 PM Saturday in Brookings.