After two straight sellout crowds and two straight wins over long-time foes, South Dakota State looks to set a new school and Summit League record with its 28th consecutive home win on Saturday against Kansas City in Frost Arena at 4:05 p.m.
Coincidentally, the Kangaroos handed the Jackrabbits their last loss inside Frost Arena, when they erased a 10-point second half deficit to defeat the Jacks 63-58 on Jan. 27, 2011.
THE LAST TIME OUT; Jan. 26, vs. South Dakota: South Dakota State junior Jordan Dykstra scored the six points he needed to become the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club, grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and posted his fifth double-double of the season in the Jackrabbits 67-54 win over South Dakota on Thursday night inside a sold out Frost Arena.
In addition to Dykstra's milestone, South Dakota State (17-6, 8-2 Summit) also tied a school record with 27 consecutive home wins, and did so in front of a second consecutive sellout crowd of 6,130 fans, 67 more than last Saturday's win over North Dakota State.
The quick start came in an early 18-2 run that saw the Jackrabbits turn a 5-3 deficit into a 21-7 lead with 12 minutes and 51 seconds left in the first half.
The Coyotes (8-14, 4-6 Summit) would cut the lead to five points at 32-27 late in the first half, but the Jacks scored the final four points of the half, and took a 36-27 lead into the locker room.
SDSU scored first in the second half to push the lead back to double figures, and then put the game away with an 11-0 run midway though the second half that ended with the Jacks up 66-44 with 4:12 left to play.
What the Jackrabbits lacked in offense, they made up for it on the defensive end, forcing 17 South Dakota turnovers that led to 15 SDSU points. SDSU also won the battle of the boards 36-31, including a 15-5 edge on the offensive glass.
Nate Wolters led all players with 19 points, adding seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, but the night belonged to Dykstra, who finished with 18 points in the win.
TRACKING THE JACKRABBITS
RABBITS ON THE RADIO - Originated from the AM 570 WNAX studios in Yankton, S.D., every SDSU men's basketball games can be heard live on a total of five stations throughout South Dakota on the Jackrabbit Sports Network.
- 570 AM - WNAX - Yankton
- 910 AM - KJJQ "The Ranch" - Brookings
- 1060 AM - KGFX - Pierre
- 1480 AM KSDR - Watertown
- 1490 AM - KORN - Mitchell
Pierre, S.D., native, and 2012 South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year, Tyler Merriam returns for his second season as the voice of Jackrabbit men's basketball. He also serves as the voice of Jackrabbit football.
THE JACKRABBIT EXTRA - Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com watch every SDSU home game and select road games streaming live on the internet. In addition, subscribers can listen to every game, home and on the road, streaming live on the internet.
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THE JACKRABBIT INSIDER ON FOX - Fans of South Dakota State Athletics can get a weekly behind-the-scenes look at all 21 Jackrabbit varsity sports teams by tuning into "The Jackrabbit Insider."
Hosted by Tyler Merriam, the show airs on Sundays on KTTW FOX 17 at 10:30 p.m., and can also be seen on Fox Sports North at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.
DOWN TO THE WIRE - The Jackrabbits lost the season opener at Alabama on a 3-point buzzer beater and lost at Hofstra on Nov. 16 on a 3-pointer with three seconds left.
The Jacks turned the tables on Nov. 17 vs. Marshall, as Chad White hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left to lift SDSU to a win. White did it again on Nov. 28, hitting an off-balance 3-pointer as the horn sounded to give the Jacks a 71-70 win over North Dakota.
The Jacks added a double overtime thriller to the mix on Dec. 15 at Montana, when Tony Fiegen sank two free throws with nine seconds left in the second overtime, the last of 19 lead changes in the 68-67 SDSU win.
So far this season, SDSU played a total of seven games decided by three or fewer points, posting an 3-4 record in those games.
WOLTERS ON MULTIPLE AWARDS WATCH LISTS - The only player in Division I men's basketball to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game in 2011-12 put senior Nate Wolters on the national map, which led him earning a place on multiple award watch lists.
Candidate for Senior CLASS Award - SeniorClassAward.com
- Named on the Wooden Midseason Top-25 - WoodenAward.com
- Lute Olson preseason All-America selection - LuteOlsonAward.com
- Bob Cousy Award Final 20 Candidate - HoopHall.com
ELITE COMPANY - Nate Wolters entered the week on pace to become the first player since the NCAA began keeping assists as an official statistic (1983-84) to average 20 points, five assists and five rebounds in two separate seasons. In 2011-12, he averaged 21.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game and became the fifth to achieve a 20-5-5 season. Wolters' 2012-13 pace could allow him to reach an elite group with a 20-points, six-assist and five rebound average, a feat he missed by just one assist in 2011-12 only two other players in NCAA history achieved.
Nate Wolters (South Dakota State), 2011-12 - 21.2 ppg, 5.9 apg, 5.1 rpg
- Norris Cole (Cleveland State), 2010-11 - 21.7 ppg, 5.3, apg, 5.8 rpg
- Evan Turner (Ohio State), 2009-10 - 20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg, 9.2 rpg
- Ricky Minard (Morehead State), 2003-04 - 21.8 ppg, 5.1 apg, 7.3 rpg
- Speedy Claxton (Hofstra), 1999-2000 - 22.8 ppg, 6.0 apg, 5.4 rpg
PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and with 10 in a row at home this season, tied the school and Summit League record for consecutive home wins with 27. The Jacks home winning streak ranks third in the nation behind Syracuse with 35 and Kansas with 33.
SDSU won a team-record 27 straight home games from 2002-04, starting with a 98-78 win over Colorado Mines on Nov. 29, 2002, and ending with a 107-104 overtime loss to Omaha on Jan. 10, 2004.
'ROOS HANDED JACKS LAST HOME LOSS - Kansas City handed South Dakota State its last home loss on Jan. 27, 2011, when the Kangaroos erased a 10-point second half deficit to beat the Jackrabbits 63-58.
SEVEN IN DOUBLE FIGURES - All 10 Jackrabbits scored at least one point in the Jacks 96-48 win over UDC, seven of which reached double figures. Taévaunn Prince led the way with 13 points, Jordan Dykstra, Nate Wolters, Zach Horstman, Chad White and Marcus Heemstra all scored 12 and Tony Fiegen 10 points in the win.
DYKSTRA DOUBLES UP - After posting a single double-double in each of his first two seasons, junior Jordan Dykstra posted double-doubles in four games this season, including 16 points and 10 rebounds in the double overtime win at Montana, a 10 point, 10 rebound game in the Jacks upset at New Mexico, a 22 point, 13 rebound game against Oakland and an 18 point, career-high 14 rebound game against South Dakota on Jan. 31.
A FIRST FOR THE JACKRABBITS - South Dakota State's victory at previously unbeaten and No. 16 ranked New Mexico on Dec. 22, marked SDSU's first victory over a ranked opponent at the Division I level and gave The Summit League its first win over a ranked team this season. The Jackrabbits lost their first seven games against ranked opponents in Division I.
ON THE RECORD
WOLTERS SETS SCORING RECORD - Nate Wolters became the 42nd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club in a win over Sam Houston State on Nov. 22, 2011, and instantly began his climb up the all-time charts at SDSU. He reached the top of the list on Jan. 5 at South Dakota, when he broke Mark Tetzlaff's 28 year-old record in the DakotaDome.
WOLTERS SETS FREE THROWS RECORD - Adding to his legacy, Wolters tied the SDSU career free throws made record 532 at Kansas City on Jan. 3, and then broke the record with his first make at South Dakota on Jan. 5. He enters today's game with an SDSU record 577 in his career.
WOLTERS JOINS 2,000-POINT CLUB - Wolters scored 1,628 points in his first three years as a Jackrabbit, including the SDSU sophomore record with 604 points and the junior record with 721 points. He entered his senior season 372 points shy of becoming the first member of the SDSU 2,000-Point Club, which he accomplished with a 22-point game at Western Illinois on Jan. 17.
MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Wolters ranks sixth in career steals at SDSU with 172, and continues his climb up the all-time assists charts. His 188 assists as a sophomore represents the third best single-season total in SDSU history, and his 202 as a junior marks the second-highest single-season total at SDSU. Adding to that, his 593 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 13 shy of breaking the all-time mark of 605 assists, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99.
DYKSTRA HITS 1,OOO-POINT MILESTONE - Junior Jordan Dykstra entered his junior season 287 points shy becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club, an accomplishment he reached in the Jacks win over South Dakota on Jan. 31.
GOOD FOR THREE! - Three of the top-10 three-point shooters in SDSU history, based on three-point field goal percentage, currently play for the Jackrabbits. Jordan Dykstra leads the way with .479 percent, Chad White ranks third with a .427 mark from deep and Brayden Carlson comes in tied for 10th, shooting .395 for his career.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
KANSAS CITY KANGAROOS (6-17, 3-7 Summit) - The Kangaroos snapped a nine game losing streak on Jan. 12, with a 90-86 win over South Dakota in the DakotaDome. Since then, the 'Roos dropped a game at Oakland on Jan. 17, won at IPFW on Jan. 19, and two games at home. UMKC fell to Houston Baptist by a 63-61 score on Jan. 22, and then fell at home to Omaha a week ago tonight by a 67-59 score.
The Kangaroos fell hard at North Dakota State on Thursday by a score of 71-34 against the Bison in Fargo, N.D.
THE SERIES vs. KANSAS CITY - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 9-5, with wins in seven of the last eight meetings, including a 77-61 in the first meeting of the season on Jan. 3. SDSU swept the 2011-12 season series, with an 85-58 win on Jan. 14, at Frost Arena and a 75-62 win on Feb. 11, in Kansas City.
THE KANGAROOS THE LAST TIME OUT: Jan. 31, at NDSU - FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Mike Felt scored 14 points and made four 3-pointers off the bench Thursday night to help North Dakota State dismantle Kansas City 71-34.
Kory Brown and Marshall Bjorklund added 12 points apiece for the Bison (17-5, 8-2 Summit League). Bjorklund, whose 71.7 percent field goal shooting entering the game was tops in Division I, finished 6 of 9 from the field.
Trinity Hall scored nine points to lead the Kangaroos (6-17, 3-7), who shot just 26 percent from the field. The 34 points marked Kansas City's fewest ever in a Summit League game and matched the fewest NDSU has allowed in the modern era.
The Bison, coming off tough losses to conference co-leaders Western Illinois and South Dakota State, led 28-12 at halftime and by as many as 40 in the second half. NDSU scored 30 points off 18 Kansas City turnovers.
The Jackrabbits scored the first five points of the second half to push the run to 23-0 more than enough to overcome the Kangaroos 55.6 percent shooting percentage in the second half, 15-of-27.
SDSU shot 50.9 percent for the game, 29-of-57, making a season-high 12 3-point shots in the process on 27 attempts, 44.4 percent.
Seven different Jackrabbits scored, led by Wolters and his 23 points. He also added six rebounds and a game-high seven assists. Dykstra went 5-for-9 from long range and 7-of-13 overall to get his 21 points. Chad White added 14 points in the win.
Thomas Staton led a trio of Kangaraoos in double figures with 14 points. Nelson Kirksey added 12 and Estan Tyler 10 points in the loss.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU returns to the road next week for games at Fort Wayne on Thursday and at Oakland on Saturday.