Jacks and Monarchs meet in CBI first round
This marks the third straight postseason appearance for the Jackrabbits after representing The Summit League at the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons.
The Jackrabbits enter the tournament with a 19-12 record on the season, one win away from their third straight 20-win season, 23rd 20-win season in school history and the 11th 20-win season for coach Nagy.
The Monarchs enter the tournament with a 16-17 record after falling to Middle Tennessee State in the second round of the C-USA Tournament on Thursday.
A 16 team, single elimination tournament up until the championship series, which features a best of three series, the College Basketball Invitational plays all of its games at campus sites.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – A win would advance South Dakota State to the CBI quarterfinals on Monday, March 24 against the winner of the Radford at Oregon State game.
JACKRABBIT QUICK HITS
• Jordan Dykstra’s team-high streak of double figure scoring for SDSU ended vs. Fort Wayne at five games
• Brayden Carlson holds the longest streak of double figure scoring for SDSU at five games
• Dykstra became the third Jackrabbit in history with 1,500 points and 800 rebounds in a career vs. Denver on Feb. 27
• Carlson and Dykstra became the first CoSIDA Academic All-Americans for SDSU men’s basketball since 2000
• Carlson played at least 35 minutes in 24 of the team’s 31 games this season
• Carlson fell out of the SDSU career top-10 in 3-point field goal percentage vs. Western Illinois on March 9
• SDSU finished at least +10 in rebounding margin in nine of the last 11 games
• All four seniors scored in double figures for the first time this season vs. Western Illinois on March 9
• The Jackrabbits scored a season-high 28 bench points vs. Western Illinois March 9
• Heemstra scored SDSU’s only 18 bench points over three games until a Horstman dunk in the second half on March 9
• SDSU plays out the season with a trio of 1,000 point scorers for the first time since the final two games of 2010, when Garrett Callahan, Kai Williams and Clint Sargent all played with at least 1,000 career points
• SDSU made 24 Division II NCAA Tournament appearances, and two more at the Division I level (2012, 2013)
• SDSU won a Division II National Title in 1963, finished second in 1985 and third in 1961
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 nine stations on the Jackrabbit Sports Network.
WNAX - 570 AM – Yankton
KBFS - 1450 AM – Belle Fourche
KJJQ - 910 AM – Brookings
KDSJ - 980 AM – Deadwood
KORN - 1490 AM – Mitchell
KOLY - 1300 AM – Mobridge
KGFX - 1060 AM – Pierre
KJOE - 106.1 FM – Pipestone, Minn.
KSDR - 1480 AM – Watertown
Pierre, S.D., native, and 2012 South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year, Tyler Merriam returns for his third season as the voice of Jackrabbit men’s basketball. He also serves as the voice of Jackrabbit football and baseball. JJ Hartigan fills in for Merriam for Wednesday’s game at Old Dominion.
THE JACKRABBIT INSIDER ON KELOLAND-TV – 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 MyUTV at 10:30 p.m., followed by a broadcast on Sunday at 11 p.m. on KELOLAND-TV.
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CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS – Both Brayden Carlson and Jordan Dykstra earned Capital One, CoSIDA Academic All-American honors on Feb. 20, making them the first SDSU men’s basketball players to earn the honor since 2000. Carlson earned a first team selection, with Dykstra making the second team.
THREE JACKS EARN ALL-LEAGUE HONORS – South Dakota State landed a trio of players on the All-Summit League teams, with Jordan Dykstra earning a spot on the first team and Brayden Carlson and Cody Larson earned spots on the second team. Larson also played his way onto the all-newcomer team. The second team honors mark the first for both Larson and Carlson, while Dykstra earned a first team selection for the first time after a pair of second team selections following his sophomore and junior seasons.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES –Three Jackrabbits combined for 15 double-doubles on the season. Jordan Dykstra led the Jacks, and The Summit League, with eight during the regular season and added a ninth against Western Illinois on March 9, which also marked his first postseason double-double. Cody Larson finished the regular season with five and Jake Bittle one. Dykstra and Larson both posted double-doubles in wins over Southwest Minnesota State and Howard, while Larson and Bittle both finished with one at Omaha.
20 POINTS PER GAME – Brayden Carlson entered his senior season with a pair of 20-point games under his belt, both of them last year, but scored 20 or more points in eight games this season. As a team, one Jackrabbit scored at least 20 points in 17 of team’s 31 games, with at least two players scoring 20 points in two games.
FIVE IN DOUBLE FIGURES – The Jacks put five players in double figures in three games this season, all at home and all wins; vs. Southwest Minnesota State on Nov. 18, vs. Belmont on Dec. 14 and vs. South Dakota on March 1.
DYKSTRA CRACKS TOP-FIVE ON SCORING LIST – Jordan Dykstra became the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club in the Jacks win over South Dakota on Jan. 31, and entered the 2013-14 season ranked 23rd all-time at SDSU with 1,149 points. He cracked the career top-10 on Jan. 9 at IUPUI and enters tonight’s game ranked fifth all-time at SDSU with 1,645 points.
DYKSTRA CRACKS TOP-FIVE ON REBOUNDS LIST – Dykstra joined an elite group of Jackrabbits on Jan. 11 at Fort Wayne, when he became the fourth player in school history to rank in the top-10 in points and rebounds in a career. He became just the third player in SDSU history with at least 1,500 points and 800 rebounds in a career in the Jacks win over Denver on Feb. 27, when he grabbed his 800th career rebound, and enters tonight’s game ranked fourth all-time at SDSU with 832 rebounds.
DYKSTRA CRACKS TOP-10 IN CAREER 3-POINTERS – Dykstra opened the season with 142 career 3-pointers, five shy of cracking the all-time top-10 at SDSU, which he did at Texas Tech on Nov. 21. He enters tonight’s game with 188, good for sixth all-time.
WHITE HITS 1,000-POINT MILESTONE – Senior Chad White came up 53 points shy of becoming the 44th member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club last year, but hit the mark at Texas Tech on Nov. 21. He continues his climb up the list, and enters tonight’s game ranked 21st all-time with 1,234 points.
WHITE IN ELITE COMPANY – Chad White entered the 2013-14 season with 169 career 3-point field goals, good for fifth all-time at SDSU. He moved up to fourth all-time on Jan. 11, and became the fourth Jackrabbit to sink at least 200 career 3-pointers vs. Western Illinois on Jan. 16. He now ranks third all-time with 229 career triples
CARLSON HITS 1,000 POINT MILESTONE – Senior Brayden Carlson scored 85 points as a freshman, but scored 254 as a sophomore and 317 as a junior, giving him 656 entering his senior season, 344 shy of the milestone, which he hit at the free throw line at South Dakota on Feb. 1. He enters tonight’s game ranked 26th all-time at SDSU with 1,125 points.
GOOD FOR THREE! – Two of the top-10 three-point shooters in SDSU history, based on 3-point field goal percentage, currently play for the Jackrabbits. Jordan Dykstra leads the way with .445 percent and Chad White ranks fifth with a .409 mark from deep. Brayden Carlson fell out of the career top-10 after going 1-for-5 from deep vs. Western Illinois on March 9. All three players also rank in the SDSU career top-10 in career 3-pointers made; White ranks third with 229, Dykstra sixth with 189 and Carlson 10th all-time with 156.
THREE IN 1,000-POINT CLUB – The Jacks play with three members of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club, the first time since 2010, when Clint Sargent, Garrett Callahan and Kai Williams played the final two games of the season with at least 1,000 career points. Prior to that trio, the Jacks last played with three 1,000 point scorers during the 1968-69 season when John Thomas, Guy Mackner and Gene Zulk all played with 1,000 career points.
OLD DOMINION MONARCHS (16-17, 9-7 CUSA) – Playing under first-year head coach Jeff Jones, the Monarchs drew a No. 6 seed and a first round bye in the C-USA Tournament, and then opened with a convincing 73-58 win over No. 14 seed Marshall in the second round before falling to No. 3 seed Middle Tennessee State in the tournament quarterfinals.
The Jackrabbits and Monarchs, who did not share a common opponent during the 2013-14 season, enter the CBI with decidedly different experience, as SDSU features four seniors and two juniors on its roster, while ODU comes in with just one senior and six juniors.
An 11-time NCAA Tournament qualifier and 10-time NIT participant, the Monarchs last played in the postseason in 2011, when they earned a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but fell to No. 8 seed Butler in the second round.
THE SERIES vs. OLD DOMINION – First Meeting
THE LAST TIME OUT FOR THE MONARCHS; MARCH 13 vs. Middle Tennessee State; EL PASO, Texas – Richard Ross scored 12 and grabbed eight rebounds, Ambrose Mosley added 13 points and Keenan Palmore scored 10, but the Monarchs (16-17) lost to third seeded Middle Tennessee, 62-48 in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Men’s Basketball Championships at the Don Haskins Center.
Middle Tennessee (24-8) was led by Neiko Hunter with 16 points, followed by Tweety Knight and Kerry Hammonds with 11 points each.
ODU shot .321 (18-56) from the field, while the Blue Raiders shot .543 (25-46) from the floor. MT also outrebounded ODU, 36-28 led by Conference Player of the Year Shawn Jones with a game high 11. The Blue Raiders outscored ODU in the paint, 30-10, and blocked eight shots.
ODU trailed at halftime, 30-19 after shooting .276 (8-29) from the floor while Middle Tennessee shot .500 (13-26).
Middle Tennessee led by 19, 42-23 with 16:27 left after a three-pointer by Hammonds, but the Monarchs rallied to cut the lead to nine thanks to six points from Ambrose Mosley and four from Keenan Palmore. After Mosley’s three free throws at the 12:32 mark, the scored was 42-33.
ODU would get it down to 10, at 48-38 with 9:53 left on a Dimitri Batten trey, but Kerry Hammonds scored for Middle Tennessee and then Shawn Jones followed with a basket to help the Blue Raiders push the lead back to 16 at 54-48 with 7:01 left in the game.
Palmore led the Monarchs with three assists and Richard Ross blocked two shots on the day.
Aaron Bacote ended the season as ODU’s leading scorer at 16.1.leading free throw shooter at .779, and assist leader at 92, followed by Palmore with 81. Ambrose Mosley was the Monarchs top three-point shooter with 53 made. Ross led in rebounds at 7.1 and blocked shots with 77.
As a team, ODU are currently among the top three in the nation’s most improved teams with a plus 9.5. over last season.