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Tiny Dancers: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:36 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 11:40 pm
 
Just five seasons into their Division I existence, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits have made their first NCAA tournament.

Oh, it is glorious. How do you not love a name like Jackrabbits? College basketball is better because one day long ago a bunch of men and women came together and agreed upon such a moniker.

South Dakota State fought to an ugly overtime win in the Summit final Tuesday night over Western Illinois, another program that was trying to get into its first NCAA tournament. But South Dakota State gets there, and if they're rewarded with a decent seed and a shaky major-conference team, this could be an under-the-radar upset pick. The Jackrabbits went into Washington a week before Christmas and killed the Huskies, 92-73. Nate Wolters is a big point guard with a varied, reliable skill set -- that faulted him in the title game -- is capable of jacking up 35 like it's his business. He was just 5-of-22 for 14 points in the Summit final, though, and a repeat performance of that in the NCAAs means SDSU will be one and done.

And how about this: The appearance for South Dakota State means there is only state, Maine, that is yet to have a school be repped in the NCAA tournament at some point during the history of the event.


Player to know: Nate Wolters. And after I was roundly mocked by my colleagues at CBSSports.com for wanting to include Jackrabbits junior guard Nate Wolters on our Top 100 Players list in October, I have been avenged! And they are ruing that day! Rue it, Jeff Goodman! Wolters is exactly the kind of player who can make a nation fall in love with one performance. He's the team's point guard, but he accounts for so much of the offense.

The Vitals:

  • Record: 27-7 overall, 15-3 in Summit League
  • Most recent tournament appearance: N/A
  • We’re thinking: 14 seed
  • KenPom ranking: 49
  • Sagarin ranking: 59
  • RPI: 50
  • Best wins: at Washington, vs. Oral Roberts
  • Worst losses: at North Dakota, at South Dakota
  • Notable stat: The Jackrabbits aren't that fast (in fact, at 66 possessions per game, they're about average), but they do take care of the ball very well, and that's because of Wolters. Turning it over at a 15.7 percent rate, SDSU is No. 4 in the nation in protecting itself from offensive mistakes. 

-- Matt Norlander

Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Mar 8, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:01 pm
 

Tiny Dancers: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

I'm a graduate of '77 also.  Remembering the days when football or basketball was "just a sport" to today when we have contender teams is extremely exciting.  I'm back at SDSU, but now on the faculty.



Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:29 pm
 

Tiny Dancers: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

I work for U of Michigan but will certainly be rooting for my alma mater SDSU!!! class of '77




Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:00 pm
 

Tiny Dancers: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:35 pm
 

Tiny Dancers: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Percent of black population of South Dakota - 1.2%

Percent of black players for SDSU Jackrabbits - 13.3%




Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:58 am
 

Tiny Dancers: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Excuse me, but just to let you know there are 2..TWO black guys on the team thank you very much. Don't believe me, check out gojacks.com.....



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:34 am
 

Tiny Dancers: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

one and done unless they play better than they did against Western Illinois.  



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:22 am
 

Tiny Dancers: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

"they have zero black guys"

And that's relevant how? How many black guys does Washington have? Besides, think may take issue with your statement?

"but clearly Oral Roberts should have won this tournament."

Then why didn't they?

Sorry, basing your opinion of a team on one game that you claim you watched, pretty much gives you zero credibility.



Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:04 am
 

Tiny Dancers: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Well I hate to break it to you but I disagree with you in many aspects. SDSU was not in front of 15,000 fans to be exact. Yes, there were a lot of SDSU fans because the game was south of the campus in Sioux Falls in front of a 6,500 crowd similiar to Frost Arena in Brookings, SD. What does having zero black guys on our team have anything to do with a victory? Thats ridiculous. It doesn't matter what decent you come from, a human is a human! Clearly Oral Roberts shouldn't have won the Summit League Tournament. SDSU and Oral Roberts split the series this season. Remember back in February when SDSU beat Oral Roberts by 15 and shutting down Harrison (there number one player). Not only did the guys team make it to the dance yesterday both the girls and guys are going. One more note to remember that SDSU can play with the big teams...(SDSU walks into Washington and destroys them)



Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:41 am
 

Tiny Dancers: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Congratulations to South Dakota State, and here's hoping you can start building a tradition like the dynasty you already have on the women's side!

(I wonder if there's anybody in Brookings tonight looking around after hearing the news and saying "We have a men's team, too???")



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:10 am
 

Tiny Dancers: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

And how about this: The appearance for South Dakota State means there is only state, Maine, that is yet to have a school be repped in the NCAA tournament at some point during the history of the event.
Far as I know, Alaska doesn't have any Division I basketball teams, so do they count?


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