Thursday, November 08, 2012

Game 1- South Dakota St Jackrabbits

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.

The Jackrabbits 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.   


Pay per Head said...

The Jackrabbits go on track and although sometimes speculates on some problems, they have their advantages and of course they'll be fine. Let's wait and see what happens.

MSmilie said...

True, Wolters was not a great three point shooter last season, but he still averaged 21 ppg and I believe he led the team in assists. Whoever has to guard him tonight is going to be challenged to contain him.

This team reminds me a lot of the Cornell team that came to Tuscaloosa a few years ago. Perhaps not a Sweet 16 caliber team like Cornell was, but plenty good. These guys are capable of beating a lot of good teams, much less an Alabama team with some questions coming into the season. It won't surprise me if they win this game tonight.

Yes, our perimeter defense will have be sharp tonight or our guys could find themselves behind early. Until this team shows some improvement on the offensive end, I don't like their chances if they don't play in front of their opponents.

Steele, Engstrom and Obasohan are all questionable tonight due to injuries so depth could be a factor.

I have to wonder if Gueye will play a big part in this game. SDSt is one of those teams that will always have 4-5 guys on the floor who can spread you out and shoot it, forcing traditional big men to play away from the basket. That could be a match-up problem for Moussa.

I think the key to the game comes down to Bama's guard play. I do believe our guys will have a physical advantage in the backcourt. Hopefully, we can disrupt their guys with the press, keep them out of rhythm, force some turnovers and score some easy baskets early.

And I hope there's a good fan turnout, but being that it's November I'm not optimistic.

This game scares the crap out of me, but I expect we will see a better overall effort tonight than the game against Stillman. Like DJC wrote in his Stillman recap, it's sometimes tough to draw too many conclusions from those exhibition games. I'm going to pick Bama to win this game, but it probably won't be easy.