Jackrabbits Host Coyotes With An Eye On The Scoreboard Saturday
Number two isn’t as good as number one, but it is far better than number three – especially when it comes to the Summit League Tournament.
South Dakota State is riding the bubble heading into the final regular season game, as the Jacks currently sit tied with Fort Wayne at 9-4.
Unfortunately for the Jackrabbits, they would lose a tiebreaker with the Mastodons, and therefore they need Fort Wayne to lose Saturday at Omaha to even give SDSU a chance to claim that number two spot with a win over South Dakota the mission is clear for SDSU. With tipoff in Omaha three hours before the tip in Brookings, the Jacks will know what’s at stake before they hit the floor.
A number three seed would give the Jacks a potential day off between quarterfinal and semifinal games at the tournament, a four seed does not.
The defending regular season and tournament champs come into the game after pulling away from Denver in the second half at home Thursday night, as four of the five SDSU starters scored in double figures.
Against the Coyotes Saturday, the Jacks will be looking for a season sweep, after becoming the first road team to win a game in the series in 12 years, when they escaped with a 70-68 win in Vermillion last month.
In that game, the Jacks led by as many as 15 in the second half, only to see the Coyotes cut the lead to as few as two late in the game. Brayden Carlson had 22 points and Jordan Dykstra had a double-double for SDSU, who won the rebounding battle 32-22.
Head coach Scott Nagy knows his team doesn’t have the depth the Coyotes do, but he told me he’s comfortable with his lineup at this stage of the season:
Tipoff is 4:00pm Saturday in Brookings