Ohio State will tip things off in the NCAA tournament against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Here’s what you need to know about the Summit Champs.
Get To Know The South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Okay, the stage is set. Ohio State is the No. 5 seed and will travel out West to Boise, ID to face the Summit regular season and tournament champs. Here’s everything you need to know about the Jackrabbits.
What South Dakota State Does Well
The Jackrabbits can score better than almost anyone in the country. They have several players that can spread the floor and knock down threes, and would rather spread you out and keep the lane open for dribble drives or isolations for their stud big man.
South Dakota State shoots 47% from the floor and there are only five teams in the country that average more points per game than it does at 84.9 per game. This won’t be a slow-paced game, with the winning score most likely in the 70s and maybe 80s.
The Chink In The Armour Of South Dakota State
Like most teams that put a premium on offense, the defensive effort isn’t always there. Because of the style of play, there isn’t often a big presence down low to dribble drives in the paint. Teams like Kansas and Wichita State were able to penetrate inside and either get to the rim, or kick it out for wide-open threes.
All in all, the Jackrabbits are giving up 74.1 points per game and allowing their opponents to shoot 42.9 percent from the floor. Neither of those are in the top 100 in the nation.
Player To Watch
Mike Daum. He’s a legitimate NBA player who — despite his size of 6-9 — will step outside and bomb away from the three-point line. He can also get inside and make mid-rangers and post ups, but he shoots beyond the arc at a clip of 42.1 percent.
The kid is averaging a double-double (23.8 ppg and 10.4 rpg) and is a handful and matchup nightmare for any opposing team to game-plan against. He went for thirty or more points twelve times this season. South Dakota State will ride him as far as they can.
David Jenkins, Jr. He’s just a freshman, but as the season has gone on, the 6-2 guard has been a good Robin to the Jackrabbits Batman (Daum). He’s averaging 16.1 points per game and provides that extra ball-handling and scoring punch to give more operating room to the big guy.
Jenkins can be a little sloppy with the ball, especially has he has looked to score more, but if he’s hitting, South Dakota State is extremely hard to handle.
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