The Jacks are dancing for the fourth time in program history, but are still looking for their first ever tournament win. They finished sixth in their conference but went on to win the Summit League to get to the big dance. Will their upsets continue in the coming weeks?
The Jackrabbits are lead by sophomore forward Mike Daum- who also is second in all of college basketball for scoring- averaging over 25 point per game. The South Dakota State star has 12 thirty-point-games under his belt this season and dropped 42 and 51 in games this season (both against Fort Wayne). A tournament win will likely come with a BIG performance from Daum.
All around, the Jacks are a solid scoring team. They shoot the ball well from the field, and get to the free throw line frequently (making 78% of their attempts -16th best in the country). As a team, they have the 50th best effective field goal percentage in the country. Whoever they play will have to limit their attempts at the line and simultaneously keep them from getting hot from the field- a tall order.
Despite their effective field goal percentage the Jackrabbits are not a great shooting team from deep. Mike Daum shoots 42% from three point land, but the rest of the team shoots just 35% from deep. Excluding Daum, only two players on South Dakota State have more than 50 made threes on the season. If a team can take away Daum, at least as a three point threat, the rest of the team may struggle to show up.
South Dakota State is also a very young team. On the whole roster, they have only two seniors. While this is good for the longevity of a roster and the long term future of the program, it could be a problem in the immediate future that awaits them in the tournament.
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