You'd think we'd ease into the regular season with a pansy... OH NO WE DIDN'T! The Jackrabbits made the NCAA Tournament last year and feel momentum. So much momentum that they unveiled new uniforms! It's obviously the reason they are picked to win the Summit (close to unanimous).
A poll of Summit
League coaches, sports information directors and media selected South
Dakota State as the overwhelming favorite to win the 2012-13 Summit
League Championship according to the preseason poll released on Tuesday.
received 30-of-31 first-place votes (coaches may not vote for their own
team) after claiming the 2012 Summit League Tournament title and
representing the league in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Scott Nagy
returns four starters and 8-of-10 letterwinners from last season's
squad that finished 27-8 overall and 15-3 in Summit League play.
Rest of the article from their official website.
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Nate Wolters and Jordan Dykstra are preseason 1st and 2nd team All-Summit with Wolters being preseason POY. I'm not sure how that's possible when he was Alabamaesque from 3pt range (.241) and 45% overall, but I'm just reading stats so I could be wrong.
SDSt beat the Yellow Jackets (of Black Hills St) 89-66 in preseason. Pretty much a blowout as the score indicates.
I think SDSt has more white guys on their current roster than we've had in 20 years. Looking at their preseason game, they didn't take as many 3s as I thought they would. I suspect they'll take more on Friday.
Keys to the game:
- keep an eye on Dykstra from the outside
- pound it inside to Jacobs/Gueye
- control the boards (which we should be able to do, but has to be said)
- score in transition
The game is on ESPNU at 9PM EST (8PM CST)
I'm gonna hold off on predictions until after the NYC games as I have no idea what our team is or what it's trending to be.