Fresh off its Progressive Legends Classic, Brookings Subregional championship, South Dakota State returns to the road, and to the state of California, for a pair of games, starting with UC Santa Barbara on Friday, followed by a game at Stanford on Sunday.
The Jackrabbits and Gauchos get started on Friday from the Thunderdome at 7 p.m. PT, 9 p.m. CT, while the Jacks and Cardinal tip from Maples Pavilion on Sunday at 5 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. CT.
The Jacks head west riding a two game winning streak, with both wins coming at home in the Progressive Legends Classic. SDSU opened the event with a 77-65 win over Howard, and then topped Lehigh in the Brookings Subreginal championship by a score of 74-61.
Jordan Dykstra earned tournament MVP honors after posting a double-double in both games, including a career-high 32 points vs. Lehigh, while Cody Larson earned all-tournament team honors, highlighted by a career-high 24 point game against Howard on Monday.
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 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.
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 broadcasts on Sunday at 11 p.m. on KELOLAND-TV and on Fox Sports North on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
THE JACKRABBITS ON TWITTER
Jackrabbit Athletics: @SDSU_Jacks
Jackrabbit Men’s Basketball: @JackrabbitHoops
THE JACKRABBITS ON FACEBOOK
Jackrabbit Athletics: SDSU Jackrabbit Nation
Jackrabbit Men’s Basketball: South Dakota State University Men’s Basketball
PERFECT AT HOME NO MORE – The Jackrabbits entered the 2013-14 season with school and Summit League record 30 consecutive home wins, also the longest streak in Division I, but the Montana Grizzlies snapped the streak with a 77-69 win on Nov. 14, 2013.
JACKS DOUBLE UP – After posting a single double-double in each of his first two seasons, Jordan Dykstra posted double-doubles in a team-high nine games as a junior in 2012-13. He posted four double-doubles in seven games this season pushing his all-time total to 15. Cody Larson posted his first career double-double vs. Southwest Minnesota State on Nov. 18, and added a second vs. Howard on Nov. 25.
FIVE IN DOUBLE FIGURES – Five Jackrabbits scored at least 10 points in the Jacks win over Southwest Minnesota State on Monday, marking the first time that’s happened since Feb. 2, 2013, when five did so at Kansas City.
ON THE RECORD
DYKSTRA CLIMBING ALL-TIME SCORING LIST – Senior Jordan Dykstra became the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club in the Jacks win over South Dakota on Jan. 31, and immediately started to climb the scoring charts. He entered the 2013-14 season ranked 23rd all-time at SDSU with 1,149 points, and continues his climb in 2013-14. He enters Friday’s game at UCSB needing 16 points to climb from 19th to 15th on the SDSU all-time scoring list.
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 the week ranked ninth all-time with 152, three shy of moving to eighth all-time
WHITE HITS 1,OOO-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 enters the week with 1,001 points, but needs just 10 points to move up five spots on the all-time list.
WHITE CLIMBS CAREER 3-POINT FG CHARTS – Chad White entered the 2013-14 season with 169 career 3-point field goals, good for fifth all-time at SDSU. jHe needs 15 more triples to move into fourth place all-time.
CARLSON EYES 1,000-POINT CLUB – Senior Brayden Carlson scored just 85 points as a freshman, but scored 254 as a sophomore and 317 as a junior, giving him 656 entering his senior season, he now needs 251 points to reach the 1,000 point milestone.
GOOD FOR THREE! – Three 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 .450 percent, Chad White ranks third with a .423 mark from deep, while Brayden Carlson enters the game ranked eighth with a .397 career mark from long range.
UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS (2-2, 1-1 HOME) – Picked to finish second in the Big West Preseason Media Poll behind UC Irvine, the Gauchos received six first place votes in the poll, with UC Irvine getting nine. Along with being picked second, the Gauchos landed one player on the preseason all-conference team in junior center Allan Williams.
UCSB opened the season with a 76-50 home win over Hawaii Pacific, and then added an 86-65 road win at UNLV for the 2-0 start. From there, the Gauchos dropped a home contest to Utah State by a 71-64 score, and then a 76-68 game in their last outing at Colorado on Nov. 21 in Boulder.
THE SERIES vs. UC SANTA BARBARA – The Jackrabbits won the first and only meeting with the Gauchos, a 79-65 win in March of 1961 at the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in Evansville, Ind.
The Jackrabbits lost in the final four, but beat Mount St. Mary’s in the third place game.
THE GAUCHOS THE LAST TIME OUT: Nov. 21, at Colorado – BOULDER, Colo. – A career-night by sophomore Taran Brown and a gutsy performance by the entire team wasn’t quite enough as visiting UC Santa Barbara was outlasted by Colorado in frigid Boulder on Thursday night, 76-68.
Brown poured in a career-high 23 points and made a personal best seven three-point basket not only helping the Gauchos (2-2) stay close, but give them a chance to defeat the Buffaloes (5-1). His final three-point basket gave shorthanded UCSB a 54-52 lead with 5:51 remaining.
But playing without leading scorer and rebounder Alan Williams and swingman John Green, the Gauchos didn’t have enough gas in the tank in the final minutes. With their only two post players – Sam Beeler and Mitch Brewe – on the bench with five fouls, Santa Barbara ended the game with two point guards and three wings.
In the two minutes following the final UCSB lead, CU went on a 12-0 run to claim a 64-54 advantage with 3:31 left. Seven of the 12 points came from the free throw line for the Buffaloes. They finished with a 23-5 free throw edge.
Still, the Gauchos weren’t finished. Trailing 70-60 with 1:24 left on the clock, a Michael Bryson dunk and a nifty layup by Eric Childress carved the gap to six, 70-66. Then, after Spencer Dinwiddie made one of two free throws, Bryson drained a three-pointer and the Buffaloes’ lead had been whittled to 71-67 with 34 seconds left.
Finally, that was as close as UCSB got.
“The number one thing we talked about was that the effort was good,” said head coach Bob Williams. “There’s no such thing as a moral victory with this group, so we’re not pleased with the outcome. Our physical effort was good but what we didn’t like was our discipline.”
Santa Barbara committed 17 turnovers and attempted just 24 two-point baskets compared to 28 from outside the three-point arc.
The Gauchos trailed by as many as seven in the first half, but led by Brown, who made his first five three-point attempts, they took, 30-25 lead with 3:24 to play.
Brown’s fifth first half three was the last basket scored by UCSB in the first half as the Buffaloes rallied back with a 7-0 run to close things, taking a 32-20 lead to the locker room. A three-pointer by Dinwiddie completed the CU run.
“Taran shot the ball sensationally,” Williams said. “He rose up and shot and made five of them in the first half and two in the second. So he ends up 7 of 10 from the three-point line, and those are tremendous numbers. But we have to get more balance out of him and out of others guys.”
Brown added a team-high seven rebounds for the Gauchos. Bryson finished with 12 points and Childress added a career-high 10, all in the second half. The freshman point guard also added career-highs of six assists and three steals in what was probably his best all-around performance through four games.
As a team, UCSB made 50.0 percent of its shots overall and 39.3 percent (11-of-28) from beyond the three-point line.
Dinwiddie poured in 24 points for Colorado, 14 of which came from the free throw line. Josh Scott, the Buffaloes’ leading scorer entering the game, was limited to three points on 1-of-5 from the floor. Askia Booker chipped-in 14.
UCSB will be off until Friday, Nov. 29 when it hosts South Dakota State in a 7 p.m. game at the Thunderdome. The Jackrabbits were a 2013 NCAA Tournament team, the third of five that the Gauchos will face during the preseason schedule.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – After playing at Stanford on Sunday at 5 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. CT, SDSU returns home on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to take on Dakota State at 7 p.m., and then heads to Minnesota on Dec. 10 for a game against the Golden Gophers.